September 19, 2005
County Clean Boating Effort Commended
OAKLAND -- The "Keep the Delta Clean. You Play in it. You Drink it Too!" program, has been selected to receive an Outstanding Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) Implementation Project Award from the San Francisco Estuary Project. The program is lead by Contra Costa County Watershed Program and developed and implemented in partnership with the Department of Boating and Waterways and the California Coastal Commission.
The award will be presented at the State of the Estuary Conference on Thursday, October 6, at 2:15 PM, at the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, 10 Tenth Street, Oakland . The awards will be given by Barbara Salzman, President of Friends of the Estuary.
The goal of the program is to protect drinking water quality, recreation and environmental health in the Delta through a combination of education, increased environmental services, and water quality monitoring. The focus is on educating boaters about safe and environmentally friendly boating while improving access to pollution prevention services at marinas throughout the Delta.
The "Dockwalkers" effort is one of the most visible aspects of the program. These volunteers pass out boater education kits at marinas and boat shows and train boaters to use environmentally sound boating practices. The kits include oil-absorbent pads, information on invasive species, and a Delta Recreational Boating and Environmental Services Map that features clean boating tips and shows the location of 43 certified used-oil collection centers. Five Delta marinas are taking part in the pilot program: Sugar Barge, Lauritzen Yacht Harbor, Discovery BayYacht Harbor, LazyM Marina and Bethel Harbor .
Another aspect of the program is an effort to increase the availability and use of sewage pumpouts, hazardous waste drop-off collection centers, pet-waste collection points, and refuse/recycling containers. As an added measure, the Contra Costa Public Works Department is conducting water quality monitoring to gather baseline data on hydrocarbons and pathogens.
The Department of Boating and Waterways promotes on-the-water safety and helps develop convenient public access to the waterways through programs funded by vessel registration fees, boating fuel tax dollars and boating facility construction loan payments.
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