claims that boaters have been causing pollution in both harbors.
"Based on our survey, we are proposing that additional pump-outs
are needed," said Hope Smythe, the board's chief of planning for
The board introduced the proposal, but postponed a decision until
its Aug. 22 meeting. If approved, the proposal must also pass muster
with the state water board.
Garry Brown, executive director of Orange County CoastKeeper, has
been lobbying the board to install the additional pump stations.
A survey conducted by Brown turned up a network of pumps that are
used by boaters to deposit their sewage, which are inadequate and in
need of repair, Brown wrote in an Oct. 4, 2002, letter to the board.
"We cannot expect the boating public [to] 'do the right thing' if
the proper sewage disposal facilities are inconvenient, inoperable,
difficult to operate and inaccessible," Brown wrote in the letter.
Brown himself owns a boat in Huntington Harbour.
Newport Beach also supports the board's proposal to add seven new
pump stations in Newport Harbor, Assistant City Manager Dave Kiff
"You're going to have more pump stations that are more visible
than we have today," Kiff said. "We don't want people using the
excuse that it's not working."
There are about 10,000 boats docked in Newport Harbor now, Kiff
said. State regulations require a 500-1 ratio of boats to pump
There are now 11 pump stations in Newport Harbor. Under those
guidelines, Newport Harbor is only equipped to accommodate 5,500
Huntington Harbour has four pump stations to serve about 3,500
boats anchored there. Regulators propose four more stations in
Marina operators will be responsible for installing the new pump
stations, Smythe said. Some federal grant money, however, could be
made available to help defray the cost.
The board lists nine marina owners in Huntington Beach, including
Peter's Landing Marina, Sunset Aquatic Marina, Huntington Marina and
Scott Seaton, the general manager at Peter's Landing, said he
supports the move.
A new pump could cost $40,000, he said. Private operators are
eligible for a 75% rebate of that cost, while public pump operators
can recoup 100% of the cost, Seaton said.
"It's a good thing," Seaton said. "The marinas are required to