A collaboration among University of California Sea Grant Extension Program, boaters, boating and coating businesses, government agencies, campus faculty and environmental organizations developed sustainable solutions to antifouling paint pollution.
|Keywords:||Collaboration, Consensus Building, Economic, Sustainable Solutions, Multiple Stakeholders, Antifouling Paint, Recreational Boating, Coastal Water Quality, Pollution Prevention, Nonpoint Source Pollution, Environmental Policy|
Biosketch for International Sustainability Conference 2005 Leigh Taylor Johnson has been a Marine Advisor with the University of California Cooperative Extension - Sea Grant Extension Program since 1984. She was with the Florida Sea Grant Extension Program from 1977-1984. She Master of Science degrees in Botany from the University of Michigan and in Environmental Policy Analysis from the University of California, Davis. Since 1993, she has educated boaters, marina and yacht club managers and others on pollution prevention. She served on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Marinas and Recreational Boating section of California's Nonpoint Source Pollution Plan. In 1995 she published the Marina Pollution Prevention Manual and six brochures for marina staff, tenants and contractors. These materials are available on her Internet site http://seagrant.ucdavis.edu Since 2000 Leigh has focused on reducing copper pollution from recreational boat antifouling paints. She organized the Alternative Antifouling Strategies Conference that drew an international group of over 100 boaters, boating and coating industry representatives, government and environmental organizations. They studied environmental, technical, and economic issues related to antifouling strategies for recreational boats and made recommendations to policy makers. Some conference recommendations led to state legislation. She cooperated with the Economics Department at UC San Diego to study incentives for boaters to use nontoxic antifouling strategies. Leigh also conducted a field demonstration of nontoxic boat bottom paints. She extended results of both projects to over 1800 people via field days and seminars, to over 5000 people via technical reports and fact sheets and to an international audience via an award-winning 30-minute television documentary and her Internet site. Recently, Leigh advised marina, yacht club and harbor managers who created the Clean Marina Program – San Diego Region. She participated in Sea Grant Extension's national MarinaNet program for several years.
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