Keeping Our Marina Free of Invasive Species While Respecting the Delta
You won’t find water hyacinth floating in these waters. Water hyacinth is a huge issue in the San Joaquin Delta area. It flourishes in low water levels as the surrounding temperature increases. It’s typically brought to the shores via big ships from South Africa where it lives and grows in abundance.
Besides the fact that the hyacinth removes silt from water and destroys boats and vessels engines, removing the water hyacinth chemically has a huge impact negatively on the ecosystem.
It’s proven unsafe to spray the water hyacinth around certain plants and animals. Considering all of the efforts to eradicate water hyacinth, it remains a huge issue in the Delta, and our marina works above and beyond the call of duty to rid the plant from out location, without spraying toxic chemicals into the environment.
Village West Marina & Resort prides itself on its surrounding beauty and the wildlife that live in the area. We have rid the marina area of this issue that affects the entire delta, keeping animals safe, and your boats safely afloat, hyacinth free.
Village West Marina cares about the environment surrounding your boat’s home. At our facility we offer an oil recycle center, a battery recycle center, an oil absorbent exchange program, free clean boating kits, and we have trained dockwalkers onsite! For more information about the above services, feel free to contact us with any questions!
The Dockwalker Program is led by California Coastal Commission and the California Division of Boating and Waterways’ Boating Clean and Green Program and is implemented in partnership with The Bay Foundation and the Keep the Delta Clean Program. Dockwalkers are volunteers who inspire and educate boaters and others to be safe and environmentally sound while boating in California. Dockwalkers distribute boater kits with educational materials while visiting marinas, boat launch ramps, boat shows and events.
Many organizations have made this program successful including: Save Our Shores, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, and the US Power Squadrons. Other partners include: Lake Berryessa Partnership, the City of Newport Beach, Association for Santa Monica Bay Yacht Club, Women’s Sailing Association, Windjammers and the Fairwind Yacht Clubs, Humboldt BayKeeper, West Marine, among others.
Village West Marina & Resort proudly participates in the Dockwalker Program. Vickie Bauman, our General Manager, has twice been honored with her name on the Dockwalker Program Hall of Fame wall. In our effort to support this important program, Village West Marina & Resort has supplied at no charge over 50 clean boating kits and have made a concerted effort to educate the recipients about clean boating practices.
Village West Marina & Resort’s own Harbormaster, Tim Fontaine, is the marina’s designated Dockwalker and will be heading up the program moving forward. Our goal is to see Tim on the Dockwalker Program Hall of Fame wall soon!
Clean Marine Program
Village West Marina & Resort works hard to rid the marina area of any pollution that may negatively impact the beautiful California Delta waters, keeping animals safe, and your boats safely afloat. We care about our tenants and the delta as a whole. Due to our efforts and yours as well, we are now proud members of The Clean Marine program.
Protecting the environment is one of our biggest priorities. Being located in an inland marina means that we have to consider not only salt water pollutant issues but we have the added responsibility of not discharging pollutants that may harm sources of drinking water. We are doing our part and we hope you have the same love and respect for the marina and the California Delta that we do, and we ask that you help us in keeping our beautiful delta home clean.
The Clean Marine program is an ongoing endeavor by a marine industry alliance determined to provide environmentally clean facilities and protect coastal and inland waters from pollution through compliance of best management practices.