Thursday, November 04, 2021
10:00 am - 12:15 pm


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California Clean Boating Network - Boating Topics that Matter to You Virtual Meeting

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Ahoy California boaters!
Join us, the California Clean Boating Network, on Thursday, November 4th, 2021 (10 am to approx. 12:15 pm) for a free and exciting educational virtual meeting.

Learn directly from California experts about top tier subjects impacting our waterways, from the importance of monitoring sewage pumpouts and how it impacts boaters statewide; microplastics management in our state; getting clear on the California Surrendered and Abandoned Vessel Exchange program from common misconceptions to frequently asked questions; and learning all about the Shelter Island Yacht Basin Dissolved Copper Total Maximum Daily Load and how the Port of San Diego has implemented innovative approaches to reducing copper loading through its’ Copper Reduction Programs and relevant resources available to you.

We look forward to sharing this knowledge with you and offering you plenty of time to ask questions. Further information on this meeting’s topics are included below.
• Date: Thursday, November 4th, 2021
• Time: 10 am to approx. 12:15 pm
• You must register in advance for this meeting here. Register today to secure your virtual spot, meeting capacity will be capped, secure it now.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email from Zoom containing information about joining the meeting.

Detailed information about the MEETING TOPICS

1. Shelter Island Yacht Basin Dissolved Copper Total Maximum Daily Load (Kelly Tait and Karen Holman, Port of San Diego). In 2005, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Board) set a Dissolved Copper TMDL for the Shelter Island Yacht Basin (SIYB) in San Diego Bay. The Regional Board attributed approximately 98 percent of all copper loading to SIYB to copper-based antifouling paints applied to the hulls of recreational boats. The Port of San Diego serves as a regional leader in improving water quality in San Diego Bay. This presentation will discuss the overview of the TMDL and how the Port of San Diego has implemented innovative approaches to reducing copper loading through its’ Copper Reduction Program.
2. Microplastics: what’s the big deal, and what is California doing about it? (Scott Coffin, Ph.D. State Water Resources Control Board Division of Drinking Water). Small plastic particles (“microplastics”) are everywhere. Understandings of microplastics’ effects on aquatic ecosystems and humans have improved in recent years, however many questions still remain. California is leading the way globally on both researching the impacts of microplastics and implementing actions to reduce their abundance in the environment. Tune in to learn what this means for the health of our waters.
3. Priming the Sewage Pumpout: Why We Monitor and How it Impacts Boaters Statewide (Diana Fu & Natasha Dunn, San Francisco Estuary Partnership). Sewage pumpout performance is impacted by several factors and keeping these valuable machines running in top condition can help improve marina stature and regional water quality. Listen in to find out about the Annual California Pumpout Report, and why and how the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) team regularly monitors facilities throughout Northern and Southern California.
4. Don’t abandon that boat; surrender it for free, it’s the right thing to do! (Presentation and discussion facilitated by Ron Kent, California State Parks Division of Boating & Waterways). Surrendered and Abandoned Vessel Exchange program (SAVE) is designed to assist public agencies in preventing recreational vessels from being abandoned in California’s navigable waterways and when they are abandoned, to assist with their disposal. Mr. Kent will provide information on how the SAVE program works and how boat owners and marina operators can benefit from this important program. The SAVE program, funded through the Harbors and Watercraft Revolving Fund, grants approximately $2.75M annually to local public and law enforcement agencies.

This is a clean and green message and invitation from the California State Parks, the California Coastal Commission, The Bay Foundation. Partially funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Sports Fish Restoration (Clean Vessel Act Program).

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