The Port of Friday Harbor was one of the first four marinas to be certified a “Clean Marina”, a program run by the Puget Soundkeepers Alliance. The Clean Marina Program means that the Port of FH has met the requirements to responsibly manage hazardous wastes to prevent pollution, to conduct their operations to protect the environment, to educate boaters on clean boating practices, and to demonstrate environmental leadership in the island community.
There are numerous examples of these practices put into action; just a few to mention here are: a re-use shelter, located on the docks, for boaters to exchange used marine items. Recycling and trash depositories are also handily accessible to boaters right on the docks. Port business is conducted using electric cars, small work vehicles and Segways (shown in picture on slide) on the docks. They have a mobile sewage pump-out station, known as the “Pumpty Dumpty”. The Port has also provided receptacles for recycling marine batteries and used engine oil. Lastly, they have provided a 400-gallon marine aquarium located at the Spring Street Landing dedicated to fostering interest and understanding of a local collection of marine animals.
The Port of Friday Harbor has shown exceptional leadership in demonstrating how a marina can be run with the interests of the boating community served while at the same time keeping a strong environmental ethic.