Partnering with boaters for cleaner waterways

Oregon Sea Grant has partnered with the Oregon State Marine Board to raise recreational boaters’ awareness of, accessibility to and use of sewage pump-outs, dump stations and floating toilets. Funded by the Clean Vessel Act of 1992, the CVA Education and Technical Assistance Initiative takes a stakeholder-based approach by asking boaters about their needs and how best to reach out to them.

Since 2012, OSG has worked with state and nonprofit partners to engage the boating community in surveys, town hall meetings, coffee klatsches, interviews and one-on-one meetings to guide development of effective outreach programs based on boater needs.

Results of a boater needs assessment formed the foundation for a pilot CVA Education Initiative in 2012, and a statewide CVA initiative the following summer. Since then Sea Grant has designed and helped place pump-station information signs in sport marinas from Astoria to Charleston, Floating restroom signs have also been installed at facilities on Tillamook Bay, Siltcoos Lake and Tenmile Lake.

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Check our our humorous CVA videos on YouTube - and share them with your friends during boating season!