Embarcadero’s marina has been given a very high report card from the Oregon State Marine Board. Embarcadero officials posed for the cameras Friday upon being awarded a certificate that their marina is a “Certified Clean Marina,” in that it is environmentally friendly and likely to stay that way based on rules of operations being posted throughout the marina – like how to prevent oil spills or fuel leaks, how to ensure on-boat sewage is properly handled and transferred to the marina’s wastewater system. The Embaradero’s new signage also instructs marina boaters how to guard against being unwitting carriers of invasive species like milfoil weed and the oglalla mollusk.
The marine board also provided the marina with what are called “spill kits,” so if any boater accidentally discharges oil or fuel to the waters in the marina, they can whip out the oil and fuel-soaking pads and mini floating booms to contain it quickly.
Other provisions in the green check-list include that the marina ensures that all boats moored there are properly equipped with working bilge pumps, that there is no leakage from sources of fuel oil into a boat’s bilge area, use heavy-duty grade extension cords between the dock and boats, that they use appropriate type batteries in their engine section, and have appropriate life-jackets and other safety equipment on board as required by the Coast Guard.
State Marine Board Clean Marina Coordinator Rachel Bullene says the program is voluntary but those who receive “clean” certification it sends a signal to the community and to those who use a facility that they’re in a community that values clean water and environmentally friendly businesses. In addition, Bullene says clean marinas routinely receives detailed information and tools in order to eliminate or reduce pollutants such as oil, paint, cleaning chemicals, sewage, fish waste and trash.
Embarcadero Marina Dockmaster Nancy France said they have been working to qualify for the “Clean Marina” designation by the marine board for quite a while. She says “It puts the Embarcadero Resort on record with the state and the community of Newport that we are doing our part to keep Yaquina Bay free of pollution and invasive species, while adding to the safey and well being of our resort clientele.”
Bullene says adding the Embarcadero Resort to the list of “clean marinas” brings the number in Oregon up to 53 out of approximately 200 that could qualify. Bullene says “There are another 23 marinas who have pledged to work toward their own certification which says a lot about how much marinas care aboutthe quality of our waterways and their customers who moor their boats at their facilities.”