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Dredging Regs Tough to Deal With

A recent survey of marina operators found that environmental regulations that involve dredging and disposal of dredged material are the most difficult for marinas to deal with.

The survey was conducted by Applied Technology & Management, Inc., an environmental, coastal, and water resources engineering firm in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

The survey, entitled "Marine Regulations: Your Two Cents" examines the opinions of private marina owners and operators, and municipal marina authority officials regarding environmental regulations.

More than half (52 percent) of survey respondents said that dredging regulations are hardest to comply with, while another 31 percent say regulations associated with the disposal of dredged material are the most challenging. Other stringent regulations, according to respondents, include manatee protection, submerged land protection, and water quality.

Three-quarters of survey respondents report that, in general, environmental marina regulations go overboard. Two-thirds of respondents say there are a number of unnecessary environmental regulations, including codes that govern land use, natural resources, wildlife, and existing facilities. However, there is less of a consensus in terms of which regulatory agencies are most difficult to deal with. For example, more than a third (35 percent) rate the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers as most cooperative, but more than a quarter (27 percent) say that same agency is the most uncooperative.

Only 10 percent of respondents report that marinas need additional regulations. Suggestions include mandatory training for employees and licenses for boaters.

Applied Technology & Management, Inc. specializes in marina planning, permitting, and design. Founded in 1984, the company is dedicated to solving client problems and providing cost savings through innovative planning, engineering, and management. The company has additional offices in Hilton Head, South Carolina, Savannah, Georgia, Jacksonville, Florida, Gainesville, Florida, Cocoa Beach, Florida, West Palm Beach, Florida and Newport, Rhode Island.

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