Clean Marina

Help OYC maintain our Clean Marina Status

Clean Marina Guide

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Th e goal of the Oregon Clean Marina program is to protect and improve local water quality of Oregon waters by reducing pollution from marinas. The program provides the opportunity for marinas, boatyards, yacht clubs, and floating home moorages to receive recognition for helping to establish and promote a cleaner marine environment for Oregon.

Aquatic Invasive Species

“Aquatic invasive species” means any aquatic species of wildlife or any freshwater or marine invertebrate, as specified by the State Fish and Wildlife Commission [by rule] as a prohibited species in OAR 635-056-0050, or any aquatic noxious weeds as specified by the State Department of Agriculture [by rule] in OAR 603-052-1200.

Clean your boat!

If taking your boat to another water source outside of the Willamette, be sure to clean the hull, underwater running gear, and systems which intake raw water. Clean off all aquatic plants, animals and mud - rinse, scrub, or pressure wash - to remove any invasive species before returning your boat to the Willamette River.

Go Non-Toxic!

Use less toxic products for cleaning, maintenance and landscaping whenever possible. (Water-based, non-VOC cleaners are less toxic). Be sure to store any solid chemicals, chemical solutions, paints, oils, solvents, etc. in a clean, dry protected area - liquids should be stored under cover in closed containers. Be sure to place any hazardous materials in the appropriate bins in the garbage area.

Plant native!

Use native plants for landscaping, which are adapted to the local climate. They have ways to defend against local pests and weeds, so less herbicide, pesticide, and insecticide is needed. In addition, native plants require little to no extra watering. Native plants can be purchased at your local nursery.
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Adding foam to your float?

All expanded polystyrene or whitebead foam placed in the water after January 1, 1992 must be encapsulated with concrete, wood, galvanized steel, plastic or fiberglass. Limit flotation materials to properly encapsulated expanded polystyrene foam or extruded polystyrene foam (XPS). XPS does not easily disintegrate and is less likely to cause pollution or accidental ingestion.

Alternatives to toxic cleaning products

  • All Purpose Cleaner - Mix 1 cup white vinegar with 2 gallons water.
  • Air Freshener - Leave out an open box of baking soda.
  • Aluminum Cleaner - 2 tbsp cream of tartar in 1 qt hot water
  • Ammonia-Based Cleaners -  Vinegar, salt, and water.
  • Bleach - Borax or hydrogen peroxide
  • Brass Cleaner - Worcestershire sauce. Or paste made of equal parts of salt, vinegar, and water.
  • Carpet/Upholstery Cleaner - Sprinkle on dry cornstarch and then vacuum.
  • Chrome Cleaner/Polish - Apple cider vinegar to clean; baby oil to polish.
  • Copper Cleaner - Lemon juice and water. Or paste of lemon juice, salt, and flour.
  • Deck Cleaner - Mix 1 part white vinegar and 8 parts warm water.
  • Drain Opener - Disassemble and replace or use plumber’s snake. Or fl ush with boiling water + ¼ cup baking soda + ¼ cup vinegar.
  • Fiberglass Stain Remover - Baking soda paste.
  • Fuel Oil Stain - Baking soda. Wait 20 minutes and rise with clean water.
  • Floor Cleaner - Mix 1 cup white vinegar with 2 gallons water.
  • General Cleaner - Baking soda and vinegar. Or lemon juice combined with borax paste.
  • Hand Cleaner - Baby oil or margarine.
  • Head/Toilet Cleaner - Pour in baking soda and use a brush.
  • Metal Polish - Undiluted lemon oil with sponge. Rinse well.
  • Mildew Remover - Make a paste using equal parts of lemon juice and salt or white vinegar and salt.
  • Plastic Surfaces - Mix 1 part white vinegar and 2 parts warm water.
  • Scouring Powders - Baking soda or salt. Or rub area with one-half lemon dipped in borax, then rinse.
  • Shower Cleaner - Wet surface, sprinkle with baking soda, rub with scouring cloth.
  • Stainless Steel Cleaner - Baking soda or mineral oil for polishing, vinegar to remove spots.
  • Varnish Cleaner - Wipe with ½ cup vinegar and ½ cup water solution
  • Vinyl - 1 tsp baking soda and 1 tsp toothpaste. Apply with rag and rinse well.
  • Window/Mirror Cleaner - Mix 2 tbsp vinegar in 1 qt of water or rub glass with newspaper.
  • Wood Polish - 3 parts olive oil and 1 part white vinegar (for interior unvarnished wood only).
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