LOS ANGELES – The Bay Foundation and the San Francisco Estuary Partnership Boater Education Program are now offering free mobile sewage pumpout services to boaters in the San Francisco Bay-Delta, Marina del Rey, King Harbor (Redondo Beach) and ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles until Aug. 31.
Launched in 2009, the Honey Pot Day program provides individual boat owners a convenient option to properly dispose of sewage. More than 700 boaters have been educated about the adverse effects of discharging sewage, and over 20,000 gallons of sewage were properly disposed, according to the program.
“We are thrilled that our program has hit home with both the end-user—the boater—as well as with the businesses that help the boaters enjoy their passion in an environmentally-sound way,” said Grace Lee, director of Outreach Programs for The Bay Foundation. “The pumpouts ensure a much healthier approach to enjoying our oceans, and we hope to encourage more marinas and yacht clubs to make the service permanent.”
The program has also fostered a relationship between the mobile pumput companies and marinas and yacht clubs, as the latter learn the benefits of providing this vital amenity to their boaters.
Honey Pot Day is part of The Clean Vessel Education Program, which focuses on 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 playgrounds. Honey Pot Day Program is funded by Cal Boating, and Clean Vessel Act Program.
Boaters can sign up for the program at honeypotday.org. For more information, contact Michelle Staffield at (213) 576-6648.