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Clean harbour initiatives


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Initiative 1: Environmental management plans (EMPs)

Exercising stewardship

Tools for pragmatic solutions:

EMP components:

How does the EMP benefit the harbour?



Initiative 2: Guide to harbour washrooms

Environmental impact

While most vessels have washrooms on board, they often lack waste holding tanks. Boaters therefore discharge waste into the harbours and near shore areas with these detrimental effects to the environment:

Exercising stewardship

Small Craft Harbours (SCH) and local Harbour Authorities recognize that the most effective means to reduce vessel discharge in area waterways is by providing well maintained harbour-side sanitary facilities to preclude or reduce the use of vessels toilets in the first place.

Planning a washroom? Use these tips:






Initiative 3: Vessel pumpout facilities

Environmental Impact

Discharge of solid sewage from vessels is detrimental to water quality particularly in sheltered and enclosed waters.

Harbour Authorities are recognizing the need for pump-out services as a result of:

Exercising proactive stewardship

In anticipation of these needs local Harbour Authorities and Small Craft Harbours (SCH) have proactively installed sewage pump-out stations, often in conjunction with on-shore toilet facilities.

As part of the Harbour Authority's Environmental Management Plan (EMP), pumpout stations combined with on-shore toilets:

Planning a pumpout for your harbour? Keep these tips in mind:




Initiative 4: Storm water management

Environmental impact

Rainstorms falling on roads and service areas can carry pollutants into the marine environment. Long term accumulations of Non-point Source Pollution (NPSP), can be detrimental to the water and sediment quality of the harbour and near shore areas.

Exercising proactive stewardship

DFO Harbour Authorities and Small Craft Harbours Branch (SCH) are integrating cost-effective, low-maintenance methods to manage storm water and non-point source pollution.

These measures are implemented as part of a Harbour Authority's environmental management plan (EMP) to:

Porous Pavement- asphalt with large pores allows infiltration of storm water and trapping of pollutants for oxidation and bio breakdown. Can be used where foundation soils are granular in place of typical impervious pavement that simply flushes.

Biofilter- is a type of vegetated channel (swale) with dense vegetation that controls the overflow of storm water while intercepting and enhancing the breakdown of particulate and adsorbed oil pollutants. Used for parking areas to deal with large volumes of water.

Vegetative filter strip- vegetative buffer along the water's edge to filter storm water runoff and remove contaminants and soil particles before they reach surface waters. Used in narrow areas near water where space is at a premium. Indigenous, low-maintenance plants are used whenever possible.

Oil/Sediment interceptors- tanks or specialized catch basins separate and detain oil and sediments from stormwater run off. Existing storm drainage systems can be retrofitted.

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