EPA releases guidelines to protect waters near marinas

EPA releases guidelines to protect waters near marinas

 

Summer is here, which is a time when boat owners go to their local marina and get their boats ready for the season. What these people may not realize is that washing and other maintenance activities may degrade water quality and contribute to pollution. While people can get natural detox products for a heavy metal cleanse, fish and wildlife near marinas can't, which is why it's important to limit the number of toxins in the water. This is why the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has created a manual that explains the ways in which marina owners and operators can reduce pollution.

"The products used in boat maintenance often contain chemicals that [may] cause serious damage to the marine environment. The EPA is working with the marina industry to ensure that marina operators are aware of the best practices for reducing pollution and make every effort to prevent pollution from occurring," said EPA regional administrator Judith Enck.

When it rains, cleaning products and toxic chemicals used for boat maintenance get washed into the water. This runoff may negatively impact water quality, which is why the EPA has implemented recommendations to reduce this pollution.

For example, the organization called for boat owners to make every attempt to collect wash water, and dispose of it at a sewage treatment plant, or treat it and recycle it themselves. The EPA also asked boat owners to use cleaning products that are less toxic and contain lower concentrations of toxic materials, ozone depleting chemicals and volatile organic compounds.

The EPA stated that earlier this year, many marinas were forced to pay penalties ranging from $8,500 to $9,900 to settle fines from pollution caused by boat maintenance. These guidelines are meant to protect both boat owners and the environment.