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Tips for Marinas
Oil and hazardous material spills damage fish, wildlife and the boating experience. Prevent pollution, protect the environment, and preserve the beautiful Washington boating experience!
PREPARE YOUR CUSTOMERS
Good boating practices are common sense things you can do to avoid polluting the environment.
Ecology's Resource Manual for Pollution Prevention in Marinas can assist boaters, marina managers, harbormasters, and yacht clubs to develop good boating habits and sound environmental practices. Click on Tips for Boaters for information on fueling, maintenance and repairs, boat washing, handling hazardous materials, keeping your bilge clean, managing sewage, and hull cleaning practices.
Why Good Boating Practices
There are tens of thousands of boaters in Washington. It is important that all boaters are careful when fueling and keep their boat well maintained. Poor boating practices can have a significant impact on the health of our waters, wildlife and economy.
To minimize the environmental damage a fuel spill can cause, report it immediately by calling 800-OILS911 (state requirement) and the U.S. Coast Guard at 800-424-8802.
Spill Prevention Campaign - Spills aren’t Slick
The Pacific Oil Spill Prevention Education Team, POSPET, evolved from the simple premise that small oil spills can add up, causing significant environmental and economic harm, and are a regional problem. POSPET members include representatives from state and federal agencies, industry associations, and nonprofit groups from Alaska, British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, California, and nationwide.
POSPET has also been instrumental in promoting an easy-to-remember phone number – 800-OILS911 - to encourage spill reporting. The number can be called from anywhere in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon, or California, and the reporting of an oil spill is automatically routed to the correct emergency response dispatch center in any of those jurisdictions.
The Spills Aren't Slick signs, brochures, fuel tags and decals are distributed by POSPET members. The official POSPET signs are printed on 11" x 18" poly-plastic, fade resistant material for posting outdoors at boat ramps and marinas. If you would like materials, contact:
WA State Dept of Ecology
Be a Good Steward of Our Waters
Report ALL spills, even small ones. If you don't you could be fined. It's the LAW.
If fueling, STOP.
Notify the fuel or marina attendant.
Use absorbent pads to contain and clean up the spill.
NEVER use soap on spills. It is illegal and toxic to the environment.
CALL 800-OILS911 and
WHY IT MATTERS
Oil and hazardous material spills can pose an imminent threat to life, public health or the environment.
RULE RELATED LINKS
Relevant Pollution Laws & Administrative Codes
RCW 90.56 - Oil and hazardous substance spill prevention and response
RCW 90.48 - Water pollution control
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