Copper Pollution Reduction Programs

Boat Lift Program

Marina Photo

The Department of Beaches and Harbors is being awarded a $400,000 grant from the State Water Resources Control Board 319(h) Non-Point Source Grant Program to reduce copper pollution in the Marina del Rey Harbor by subsidizing the cost of boat lifts in the harbor. There will be two phases to the program:

  • During Phase 1, the County will purchase boat lifts for use by qualifying, interested Anchorage 47 slip tenants.
  • During Phase 2, lessees will have access to grant funds to help purchase boat lifts to be used by slip tenants who qualify.

Because the grant funds will only help subsidize the cost of approximately 200 lifts, interested boaters should act quickly to be added to the list of potential program participants.

To qualify for a boat lift, you must meet the following three criteria:

  1. The boat must currently reside in the Marina del Rey Harbor.
  2. The boat must currently have copper paint on the hull.
  3. The boat needs to remain in Marina del Rey Harbor for three years after the boat lift is installed. If the boater decides to leave Marina del Rey Harbor, the funding provided by the grant must be returned to the State unless another qualifying boat replaces the boat previously using the boat lift.

Boat lift purchases will begin in early 2018 and continue until Spring 2020, or until grant funds are depleted. Boaters who are interested in using a boat lift should contact the County to get more information about qualifications and options.

Hull Paint Conversion

The Department of Beaches and Harbors will be implementing a pilot hull paint conversion program to help promote the effectiveness and use of non-biocide hull paints. The program will subsidize the cost of converting from a copper biocide antifouling paint to a non-biocide hull paint. To participate in the program, a boater must currently have a boat docked in the Marina del Rey Harbor and have copper hull paint on the boat. All participates will be required to sign an agreement with the County to abide by the terms of the program. Program details and specific requirements will be announced in early 2018. This is an excellent opportunity for any boat owner currently using copper hull paint that is interested in converting to a non-toxic alternative or will be needing to repaint their hull sometime over the next couple years. Due to limitations on costs, the subsidy program will be limited to 100 boats.

Interest Form

If interested in learning more about either program or the qualifications to participate, you can email the program contact by filling out the fields below.

You may also join our new boater outreach email list, which the Department of Beaches and Harbors will utilize for program updates, new programs, requests for feedback, and other outreach in an effort to have more direct communication with the Marina del Rey boating community.

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