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Community Stakeholder Advisory Group Application Form


The Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency, in cooperation with the Department of Boating and Waterways, is operating a new sewage pump-out vessel for servicing Richardson’s Bay area marinas and anchored vessels. The M/V “Waste Aweigh”, is a 24′ Pump Kleen fiberglass motorboat built by Marine Boatbuilders of Rhode Island. It is powered by a 115 HP Johnson outboard and equipped with a powerful suction pump that feeds directly to a 350 gallon integral holding tank.

    • Never discharge heads or holding tanks into the Bay. This includes Lectra-San treatment heads!
    • Regular holding tank pump-out with M/V “Waste Aweigh” keeps the odor away
    • Clean-up properly after your pets with plastic bags, to be deposited in garbage cans. Pets breed fecal coliform too!
  • Report any violations to your harbormaster, and the RBRA Harbor Administrator at (415) 971-3919

Richardson’s Bay was declared a Federal “No Discharge Zone” on August 11, 1987. This means that direct discharge of effluent into Richardson’s Bay waters is a misdemeanor crime. Direct pump-out of sewage poses a serious health hazard and degrades the environment that we live in. Annual water testing for fecal coliform has shown that we sometimes have bacteria levels that exceed standards for water recreation.

We need your help to push these levels back down!

Shoreline Restoration and Clean-up

Richardson’s Bay shoreline contains varying environments, encompassing large salt marshes, beaches, and waterfront development including marinas and residences. The marshes provide an important estuarine ecosystem resource for the San Francisco Bay region. Through careful stewardship, salt-marsh grasses have been expanding into areas formerly devoid of vegetation.

The RBRA conducts regular beach clean-ups along the public shoreline utilizing volunteers from the Community Service Program of Marin. When this program was first implemented in 1997, debris on the beaches was so extensive that dumpsters were brought in to accommodate clean-up loads. Over 200 automobile tires were removed from the mudline in the first year alone!

Over the years, ongoing clean-ups and reduced dumping have reduced the need for extensive clean-up. Most current efforts consist of light maintenance. It has become a relative pleasure to tour the beaches with clean-up bags in hand. The Town of Tiburon, City of Belvedere, and the Strawberry Recreation District are partners in this effort: their public works personnel clean up and dispose of the debris once it is consolidated and placed on the upland paths.

Please let RBRA staff know if you notice any debris. We depend on our community look-outs to inform us of current conditions and problems we may be able to address. In the event of a dead sea animal, we may also be able to arrange disposal.

We are all partners in stewardship. If you feel so inclined, take a trash bag to the beach some time – it is a great way to maintain and improve the environment we value, and a meaningful green pastime. You can leave the securely tied bag at any of the pathway garbage cans and it will be picked up. Also, don’t forget the annual Coastal Clean-up Day every September – it’s a great community event that culminates in a delicious barbeque at the Bay Model in Sausalito complete with live music and a raffle. Flyers and this website will announce this event ahead of time.

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