Byline: Taylor Hill
Boat owners in Marina del Rey, King Harbor, Los Angeles Harbor or Long Beach can participate in the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation’s Honey Pot Days program — and they can get a free mobile pumpout in the process.
After attending a 20- to 30-minute educational seminar on clean boating techniques, boaters will receive a voucher for a free mobile pumpout for their vessel, good through Sept. 30.
Funded by the California Department of Boating and Waterways, the Honey Pot Days Program was created four years ago to promote the use of stationary pumpout units and the use of mobile pumpout companies. The installation of pumpout facilities and implementation of educational programs is aimed to aid recreational boaters in becoming informed and understanding the importance of proper waste disposal.
“The program gives boaters a convenient alternative to using do-it-yourself dockside pumpouts — such as mobile pumpout services, which provide a hands-off, easy and time saving method for pumping out sewage properly,” said Cal Boating spokeswoman Gloria Sandoval.
Pumpout companies participating in this year’s program include Dolphin Marine Pumpout Co., Honey Bucket Pumpout Co., Royal Flush Pumpout Co., Marine Environmental Services and Popeye’s Pumpout Co.
Honey Pot Day is part of Cal Boating’s Clean Vessel Education Program, which centers around four strategies: developing pollution prevention services, creating networking opportunities, providing technical assistance and direct outreach. The program brings to local boating communities the tools and resources needed to improve water quality in their favorite boating areas, according to organizers.
To complete the survey and receive a free pumpout voucher, visit honeypotday.org and click on the “Sign Up Now” button. After boaters complete a survey, a member of the Boater Education Program staff will be in contact to set up an educational seminar.
Cal Boating receives funding for this program from the Clean Vessel Act Grant Program, which comes from the Sport Fishing and Boating Trust Fund, supported by excise taxes on certain fishing and boating equipment and boat fuels.