The Santa Monica Bay Restor-ation Foundation, in cooperation with Cal Boating, has initiated a new pilot project in Marina del Rey for this upcoming boating season called “Honey Pot Day.”

From June to September, boaters can sign up for a free and convenient mobile pumpout service. In order to receive this complimentary service, boaters must register in advance and need to be present during the service so restoration foundation staff can provide participants with a clean boating kit.

The idea behind the Honey Pot Day initiative is to introduce the mobile pumpout as a viable and convenient option for sewage disposal and to share information with boaters on the adverse impacts of discharging sewage directly into marina waters.

To encourage the use of mobile pumpout services and as part of its pollution prevention program, the foundation is offering complimentary service for Marina del Rey boaters. The project aims to increase awareness about sources of boat pollution, specifically on issues related to vessel sewage.

“The beauty of this is that we will go to the boaters,” said Unica Luna of the foundation’s boating education program.

A boat with a mobile pumpout that the foundation contracted with will go to the boaters to empty their holding tank.

“The reason why we’re doing this project is because Marina del Rey is impaired by both point and non-point source pollution and regularly exceed TMDLs (total maximum daily load) for bacteria,” Luna explained. “In the hopes of dealing with high bacteria count and impaired water, this project aims to promote the use of sewage pumpout stations (mobile or stationary) for sewage disposal and to share information with boaters on the adverse impacts of discharging sewage directly into marina waters.

The 1992 Clean Vessel Act identifies vessel sewage discharge as “a substantial contributor to localized degradation of water quality in the United States.”

The foundation and its partners say they look forward to joining with local mobile pumpout companies and local boaters to work towards a better, cleaner harbor.

Services in June will take place on the 20th and 28th. Future dates are still to be determined.

To register or for more information, (310) 216-9824 or www.uluna@santamonicabay.org/.

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