Environmental & Clean Marina Programs

Environmental Programs
The Morro Bay estuary, bay, and ocean are lifelines for Morro Bay and the Harbor Department is committed to being a responsible steward of this complex natural resource. The estuary is an integral part of the City and is part of the National Estuary Program. The Harbor Department works in conjunction with many other local, state, and federal agencies to ensure that the Harbor is managed in an environmentally sensitive manner as well as in a safe and efficient manner.

The Harbor Department works closely with environmental agencies such as State Parks, Marine Mammal Rescue, the Morro Bay National Estuary Program, San Luis Obispo Science and Ecosystem Alliance, the Nature Conservancy, State Coastal Conservancy, the United States Coast Guard, and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, among others, to monitor the environment and to provide assistance in research, data collection, and enforcement.

The Harbor Department has been pro-active in providing oil recycling and oil absorbent pad replacement programs for the boating public, and has received grants from the following:
  • Division of Boating and Waterways - For vessel pump-out facilities and abandoned watercraft abatement
  • Integrated Waste Management - For an oily water bilge pump separator and oil collection center facility.
  • NEP - For oil recycling equipment, pollution response equipment, and derelict vessel demolition
Clean Marina Program
In 2011 the Morro Bay Harbor Department was recertified as a Clean Marina. The Clean Marinas California Program was developed to provide clean facilities to the boating community and protect the State's waterways from pollution. For more information on how clean boating, oil recycling, and links to environmental agencies and resources view Environmental Resources.