The U.S. Coast Guard announced Friday a push to raise awareness about existing and potential hazards to the maritime environment around Mission Bay and the Oceanside Harbor will begin next week.
Starting Wednesday, Coast Guard personnel patrolling in San Diego and Oceanside will contact boaters and marina operators regarding requirements for reporting oil spills while conducting investigations of potential pollution threats, according to the agency.
“It is so important that the entire San Diego community take an active role in preventing harm to the environment,” Coast Guard Lt. Kristin Driscoll of the Incident Management Division said. “Keeping San Diego clean and beautiful has to be a holistic team effort. The overarching goal here is really to raise awareness and prevent pollution incidents before they occur.”
The enhanced patrols will run through Oct. 21.
Coast Guard officials said in a statement the operations are part of a “proactive approach to prevent future negative impacts to the marine environment, natural resources and property.”cop
—City News Service
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