On 13 August, The Log writes that the Regional Water Quality Control Board is seeking boater input on the Board’s aggressive copper TMDL reduction proposal for Newport Harbor.
This comes on the heels of the
scoping meeting held 23 July at which the Board outlined its proposal to reduce copper in Newport Harbor by 83 percent within 15 years. The boating advocacy group, RBoC, alerted area boaters of the scoping meeting and the importance of being heard on these issues. RBoC points out that this initiative can have significant economic impact on owners of boats kept in the bay. If you own a boat which is not stored on a trailer or dolly, this means you!
Subject: Recreational Boaters of California (RBOC) Meeting Announcement, Thursday, July 23rd, 1:30 - 3:30 PM and 6:00 - 8:00 PM - PLEASE POST!
Attention All Boaters!
July 23 Meeting – Copper and Metals in Newport Bay
The Santa Ana Water Quality Control Board in Riverside has added Newport Harbor to its list of Continue reading
impaired water bodies. It is on a mission to reduce copper by 83% and is has targeted the source of this copper to copper-based antifouling hull paint on recreational boats! There is no effective or cost-efficient alternate source for antifouling hull paint. The paint manufacturers do have a non-copper-based paint that they freely admit doesn't work and lasts about 10 months. The folks that scrub the bottom of boats in 2-week intervals have to scrub once a week to keep the marine growth away. If you have a 30-40 foot boat, this could cost you an additional $1,500-$2,000 a year, every year! We don't have the capacity in the boat yards to even come close to handling this many boat haul-outs and repaintings.