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EastBayMarTips 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!


  • Develop a spill response plan and train your employees on what to do if there is a spill. (See Spill Response Guide for components of a spill response plan.)
  • Post the oil spill reporting numbers for spills:  800-OILS911 (state requirement) and the U.S. Coast Guard 800-424-8802.
  • Keep a list handy of all marina moorage customers with a description of their boat, fuel type and total volume capacity. Consider requiring vessel owners to leave keys for emergency access to vessels.


  • Discuss marina's requirements before conducting business for fueling or moorage.
    An upfront conversation is better than cleanup afterward.
  • Post fueling and marina rules on dock.
  • Post environmental effects of oil and chemical spills on marine life for customers.
  • In case of a spill, identity and store sorbent boom and pads in the immediate area.
  • Provide sorbents pads and instructions for disposal for fueling customers.


  • Provide an oil recycling area for used oil. If possible, make this available to boats at the dock.
  • Provide a hazardous waste storage area for antifreeze, paints, solvents, varnishes, batteries and contaminated absorbents. Regularly dispose of these products appropriately OR post the free number, 1-800-RECYCLE, or the the local household hazardous waste collection facility.
  • Create a berm around a hazardous waste storage area.
  • Provide bilge pumpout services or post the location of nearby pumpout facilities or mobile pumpout services. (Click on "PUMPOUT" logo for locations.)
  • Provide adequate trash containers for tenants to use and keep them no more than half full if possible.
  • Provide recycling options for aluminum, glass, newspaper, and plastic.
  • Provide a fish cleaning station with appropriate drainage.
  • Provide cleaning facilities on land for rinsing boats, fish scum, salt water, etc.)

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.

RubyWhy 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
Spills Program -Education & Outreach
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600

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
the U.S. Coast Guard at 800-424-8802.


Resource Manual for Pollution Prevention in Marinas

Marinas with a Fueling Station -A Spill Response Guide for Class 4 Marinas

Small Tank Farms & Terminals - A Guide for Class 3 Facilities

Clean, Green Boating

Washington Boating Safety Course

EPA's Clean Boating Act


Oil and hazardous material spills can pose an imminent threat to life, public health or the environment.

PUMPOUT Locations


Relevant Pollution Laws & Administrative Codes

RCW 90.56 - Oil and hazardous substance spill prevention and response

RCW 90.56.320

RCW 90.56.330

RCW 90.56.340

RCW 90.56.360

RCW 90.56.370

RCW 90.48 - Water pollution control

RCW 90.48.080

RCW 90.48.144

WAC 173-201A-020

WAC 173-201A-240