Winslow Wharf Marina is committed to preserving our environment through proper management of all activities that occur at this facility. Given this commitment, and in accordance with the Department of Ecology rules, United States Coast Guard regulations and the Federal Clean Water Act, we have established these Clean Marina Practices with the expectation that, with the cooperation and support of all of our Marina customers, they will help to ensure the safekeeping of our harbor and marine environment.
I. BILGE WATER MANAGEMENT AND USED OIL
Discharge of contaminated bilge water is illegal
Do not discharge bilge water that is contaminated with oil, detergents, engine coolant or bilge cleaners. This discharge is toxic to marine life. Fines can be as high as $20,000.00 per day, per violation.
Do not drain oil into bilge.
Keep bilge area as dry as possible. Inspect fluid lines regularly, and fix all fluid leaks promptly.
Use absorbent bilge pads to soak up oil and fuel.
Clean bilge areas after engine maintenance.
Recycle oil, oil filters and diesel properly.
Dispose of gasoline properly. See staff for authorized disposal sites.
Recycle used antifreeze. DO NOT MIX WITH OIL OR FUEL.
Contact the staff for nearest recycling locations.
Do not dispose of fuels or used oil in the Marina’s dumpsters.
II. HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS, CLEANERS AND WASTES
Hazardous or flammable chemicals / materials are not allowed to be stored in dock boxes or on the floats. Such materials stored on the vessel should be covered and secured inside secondary containment. Try not to store hazardous or flammable materials on the vessel, because of the problems they cause in case of fire or sinking vessel.
Purchase only the amount of chemicals/paints you need for the project.
Review storage of paints and solvents every six months, and properly dispose of old or unnecessary products.
Disposal of used oil, antifreeze, paints, solvents, varnishes, gas cylinders, preservatives or batteries in the garbage is prohibited. Do not dispose of these wastes in the marina dumpsters and do not leave these wastes on the docks or in the dumpster areas without checking with Marina staff.
III. REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE ACTIVITY
Owners may undertake minor repairs as needed to maintain their vessel’s safety, appearance and utility, subject to the following policies. Substantial exterior work is prohibited. Extensive repair work must occur in a commercial and permitted boatyard or shipyard.
All self-employed boat workers and independent contractors (including divers) must register with and receive approval from the Manager before beginning any work on Marina property. Contractors must provide a copy of their business license and proof of insurance as a condition for performing work in the Marina.
PAINTING AND VARNISHING
Limit the amount of open solvents or paints on dock to one gallon or less.
Always mix paints and epoxy over a tarp.
Always use a drip pan and drop cloth.
Spray painting is not allowed inside the Marina.
Do not dispose of paints or solvents in the Marina’s dumpsters.
Contact the staff for nearest recycling and disposal locations.
Use biodegradable cleansers and teak cleaners.
Stretch tarps between side of boat and dock when working over the water.
Vacuum dust and debris every time you move the tarp, or every hour.
Wherever possible, use power equipment with vacuum system.
Reverse boat in slip to work on far side.
Work from lighters (pontoons, small floating docks, barges or floats) is prohibited. Vessel must be rotated to allow tarping and containment on the pier or shore.
IV. SPILL PREVENTION AND RESPONSE
Should a spill occur on or from your vessel, immediately stop the spill or leakage at its source and contain the spill. Report the spill immediately to Marina staff. The Marina maintains a supply of petroleum absorbent materials (spill pads, pillows, socks, etc) in the yellow dock box’s near the gangway.
Do not use detergents or soaps to clean up spills. Oil and detergents are toxic to fish and other marine life.
Properly Dispose of used absorbent materials contact Marina staff for assistance.
V. SOLID WASTE AND RECYCLING
Dispose of all garbage in proper shore-side receptacles.
Let empty paint cans dry thoroughly before disposing in trash.
Recycle aluminum cans, cardboard and newspapers in containers provided.
Used 12 volt batteries can be placed in the Marinas battery box for recycling.
VI. PARKING LOT / VEHICLES
Performing maintenance on vehicles in the parking lot is not allowed.
Boat sewage (black water) shall never be discharged directly overboard in Winslow wharf Marina regardless of the type of MSD installed.
Mobile sewage pump out (Honey-Wagon) is stored in the shed beside the gangway if you have questions on operating the honey wagon see marina staff. Porta-potty discharge station is located under the metal cover on the SW corner of the chandlery. These facilities are available free of charge, 24 hours per day, to all Marina tenants.
Shore-side rest rooms, showers and laundry facilities are likewise available 24 hours per day. Use shore-side facilities as often as possible.
Pet waste can be a substantial source of fecal contamination to the waters of Eagle Harbor. All pet waste must be promptly removed and properly disposed of in the garbage. Poop Scoops are provided free of charge in dispenser located under bike barn.
VIII. GRAY WATER
We encourage the use of shore-side facilities (restrooms, showers, laundry) to reduce gray water generation.
Reduce gray water generation by minimizing the use of sinks, soaps, and detergents, and by rinsing your vessel with clean water only. If you must use soap, use more environmentally friendly soaps (no chlorine or petroleum distillates).
If gray water discharge displays turbidity, oil sheen or discoloration to the receiving water, this violates the Department of Ecology water quality standards (RCW 90.48). Example: Soap suds in the water violates this standard. Vessel owners are subject to fines and penalties when this standard is violated.
Gray water discharge from sinks, dishwasher, laundry and showers may be harmful to aquatic life within the marina, and contains bacterial in sufficient quantities to be a public health concern.
If using on board showers, boaters should contain the gray water and dispose of it at the pump-out station.
Use sink screens or strainers, and dispose of strained waste in the garbage.
IX. Boat Cleaning
We encourage boaters to avoid using soaps and harsh cleaners.
Use more elbow grease, wash with fresh water and spot clean stains.
ALL HAZARDOUS WASTE MUST BE DISPOSED OF PROPERLY
USE OF DUMPSTERS IS NOT
PROPER DISPOSAL OF HAZARDOUS WASTE!
Contact Marina management for more information, call 1-800-RECYCLE, or surf to
X. Sewage Handling and Disposal: Discharge of untreated sewage anywhere within the waters of Puget Sound is prohibited by law (Federal Water Pollution Control Act, 33 USC 1322; Washington State Water Pollution Control Act, Chapter 90.48Β RCW, and other federal, state and local laws and regulations. Discharge of treated sewage in the Marina is also specifically not allowed.
For more detailed information please click this link for
Washington State department of Ecology
Resource Manual for Pollution Prevention in Marinas
Sound Information: A Boater’s Guide
A publication of
Puget Soundkeeper Alliance