The Clean Vessel Education Program centers around four strategies: (1) developing pollution prevention services, (2) creating networking opportunities, (3) providing technical assistance, and (4) direct outreach. The program brings to local boating communities the tools and resources needed to improve water quality in their favorite boating playgrounds.
The mission of the California Department of Boating and Waterways is to provide safe and convenient public access to California's waterways through leadership in promoting the public's right to safe, enjoyable, and environmentally sound recreational boating.
Ensuring safe, enjoyable, and environmentally sound recreational boating is made possible by the installation of sewage pumpout stations throughout the State of California. Federal law prohibits the discharge of untreated vessel sewage in all navigable U.S. waters, and within the coastal three-mile territorial limit. Efforts to control boat pollution have been addressed by increasing the number of installed pumpout and dump stations located throughout the State of California.
Looking for a pumpout station near you?
The Guide serves as an environmental and best management practice resource for the recreational boater in Southern California. Packaged in a comprehensive "cruising guide," this 120-page, full color, chart map size guide features all 15 coastal Southern Califorina harbors from Santa Barbara Harbor through San Diego Bay. The guide incorporates clean boating practices, sewage pumpout facility locations, oil recycling facilities, and includes general harbor information, tourist information, phone numbers, websites, and safety tips.
Interested in receiving a copy? Suggested donation: $20/guide, $100/case (36 guides)
Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation
c/o Michelle Kearney
fax: (213) 576-6646
mail: 320 W. 4th St., Suite 200
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Clean Vessel Education Program partners, Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation and the San Francisco Estuary Partnership, monitor all federally funded sewage pumpout stations in California. The monitoring program works to promote the maintenance of existing sewage pumpout facilities and expand the access to sewage pumpout services in California. The Boater Education Program performs quarterly evaluations of all publicly funded sewage pumpout stations in southern California, and offers technical assistance to facility management to ensure pumpout units are in prime working order.
First published in 1997, The Changing Tide newsletter is a statewide joint partnership between the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation, California Department of Boating and Waterways, California Coastal Commission, and Contra Costa County. The newsletter features three distinct regions; Southern California, Northern California, and the Delta. The newsletter is a quarterly publication devoted to clean boating issues. The newsletter features environmentally friendly boating tips and alternatives, harbors to visit, and tidbits of boating information.
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