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Port to Host Free Expo for Boaters

Contact: Barbara Moreno (619) 686-6216; Tanya Castaneda (619) 686-6330 on .

hullpaintexpo1 1Members of San Diego's boating community are invited to a one-of-a-kind expo where they can learn about eco-friendly hull paints and grant funding available to help make the switch.

The Port of San Diego will host its 3rd annual Eco-Friendly Hull Paint Expo on March 16, 2013, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Shelter Island Boat Yard, 2330 Shelter Island Drive in San Diego.

The goal of the event is to provide the boating community information on eco-friendly hull paints that protect a boat's hull while reducing the paint's environmental impact. Paint manufacturers, Port of San Diego staff members and representatives of San Diego Bay boatyards will be at the expo to answer questions and provide hull paint demonstrations.

Recently, the Port announced new financial incentives available through its State Water Resources Control Board grant. Shelter Island Yacht Basin boaters may qualify to save between 60 to 75 percent on hull painting costs in addition to cost offsets to remove copper hull paint.

The grant funds will be available through June 30, 2014, or until the funds are exhausted. Funding is limited to boat owners within the Shelter Island Yacht Basin.

To learn more about the expo or to apply for the program, visit sandiegobaycopperreduction.org, or contact Environmental and Land Use Management at (619) 686-6254 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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About the Copper Reduction Program

In 1996, the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board identified copper hull paints as the major source of copper in the Shelter Island Yacht Basin. As a result, the Port of San Diego, along with marinas, yacht clubs and boaters, are required to reduce copper in the Shelter Island area by 76 percent by 2022.

Copper-based hull paints are widely used by boat owners because the paints prevent organisms from attaching on boat hulls. But copper that leaches into the water and is harmful to marine life.

The Port developed its Copper Reduction Program to address copper pollution in the bay and conduct ongoing research on eco-friendly hull paints. The incentive program, which is designed to encourage boaters to use copper-free paint, is part of the Port's multi-pronged program to reduce the level of copper in the Shelter Island Yacht Basin and throughout San Diego Bay.

About the Port:

The Port of San Diego is the fourth largest of the 11 ports in California. It was created by the state legislature in 1962. Since then, it has invested millions of dollars in public improvements in its five member cities – Chula VistaCoronadoImperial BeachNational City and San Diego.

The port oversees two maritime cargo terminals, two cruise ship terminals, 18 public parks, the Harbor Police Department and the leases of more than 600 tenant and sub tenant businesses around San Diego Bay.

The Port of San Diego is an economic engine, an environmental steward of San Diego Bay and the surrounding tidelands, and a provider of community services and public safety.

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