Tuesday, March 24, 2009

City of Tacoma's Environmental Services educates boaters at "Clean, Green Boating Fair"

Over the last decade, the City of Tacoma, in partnership with responsible parties and property owners, conducted a historic cleanup of heavily polluted waterways surrounding downtown Tacoma. Sediments contaminated from 100 years of industrial activity were removed or capped in place, and fragile marine habitats restored.

The cleanup was completed in 2006, and now the Thea Foss Waterway and surrounding areas of Commencement Bay thrive with new life and pedestrian friendly attractions.

Keeping waterways clean
Today the City’s Environmental Services helps prevent re-pollution of the area by monitoring Foss Waterway sediment, handling complaints about spills and illicit dumping of chemicals, inspecting commercial properties, and conducting public education to raise awareness among Tacoma residents of how our actions affect our watershed and the quality of our local lakes, streams and Puget Sound.

At the "Clean, Green Boating Fair," boaters can learn more about their own role in protecting and restoring Foss Waterway and all of Puget Sound. Thousands of boaters taking a hands-on, preventive action approach can make the Sound a better place for a multitude of extraordinary wildlife – otter families, salmon, oysters, starfish, blue herons – and for the millions of people who enjoy the beauty and recreational and commercial resources in our waterways.

City of Tacoma Environmental Services "green" boating recommendations include:
  • Perform boat maintenance out of the water in approved facilities that capture waste water and comply with environmental standards.
  • Use a "Shop-Vac" to vacuum up dust when sanding.
  • Use a drip cloth when painting.
  • Use a work barge to capture debris when handling any exterior maintenance.
  • Immediately call 911 or (253) 383-2429, Tacoma’s 24-hour Water Pollution Hotline operated by Citizens for a Healthy Bay, if you spot a concentrated oil sheen on the water's surface or experience strong fuel odors around an oil sheen.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Mark Schrader’s “Around the Americas” expedition featured at “Clean, Green Boating Fair!”

A “Clean, Green Boating Fair” highlight will feature Captain Mark Schrader speaking on his exciting "Around the Americas" 25,000 mile voyage circumnavigating North and South America to call attention to saving our oceans. In partnership with Seattle’s Pacific Science Center, the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Lab, and Sailors for the Sea, Schrader’s “Around the Americas” expedition will depart Seattle in June 2009 on the 64' steel-hulled sailboat, Ocean Watch, traveling around the Americas clockwise through the Northwest Passage, down the east coast, north around Cape Horn, and returning to Seattle in July 2010. The journey will include studies of changes in our marine environment -- climate change, acidification and pollution -- and stops at 30 ports of call where the public can board the vessel to learn how life on land and the health of our seas is being threatened by human activities. Watch this blog for details of Mark’s talk and a schedule of events at the Fair!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Sign up for "Pump Me Out" Mobile Pump Out Service at "Clean, Green Boating Fair"!

Finally!! Pump Me Out, a new weekly mobile pump out service based in the Greater Seattle area, will soon start servicing recreational vessels in Tacoma! Pump Me Out, co-owned and operated by Dwight Knechtel and his son Jeff Knechtel, will have one of their shiny new aluminum vessels on-site during the "Clean, Green Boating Fair" on Opening Day of Boating Season, Saturday May 2nd from 10 AM to 3 PM. Pump Me Out will be part of the FREE day of talks, demonstrations, boat tours and boat rides, "hands-on" environmental exhibits, and fun for the entire family. Come to Delin Docks, Dock Street Marina, and Foss Harbor Marina in downtown Tacoma!