Public Policy- A non-binding resolution by the City of Charleston to eliminate the use of toxic bottom paint in Charleston Harbor, and the implementation of specific city policies to motivate boaters to switch to non-toxic bottom paints.
Boater Education- Waterkeeper, the City of Charleston, and local marinas can educate boaters on the problems copper pollution is causing in the harbor, the benefits of non-toxic bottom paints, and the non-toxic bottom paint options available.
Financial Incentives - provide a small monetary incentive based on a percentage of the cost for the boat owner to switch to non-toxic paint.
Resources & Support- Assist cooperating local boatyards and hull cleaning services in identifying and supporting the use of appropriate non-toxic bottom paints and developing non-toxic paint services.
Water Monitoring- We will conduct water monitoring for dissolved copper in the Charleston Harbor watershed to document improvements in water quality, and analyze the data to determine the copper load reductions achieved in respective marinas and harbor wide.
Special thanks to Charleston Waterkeeper, committee members, and friends who helped with the CHMCS project!