Grants available for copper hull paint removal

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Boaters at the Shelter Island Yacht Club got special encouragement in the form of grants to remove copper-based paint from their boat hulls, according to a report on

The Port of San Diego made the offer to help reduce copper levels in port waters. Shelter Island has been ordered to reduce copper levels in the water by 76 percent by 2022.

About $600,000 in grant funds will come from the California Water Resources Control Board. It is expected to cover the expenses of 200 to 250 Shelter Island boaters, according to the port.

The board estimates the cost of stripping the old paint to be about $6.30 per square foot, and a 30-foot boat would need abot $2,000 to $3,000 for stripping and re-painting.

Officials also demonstrated environmentally friendly paint that still keep marine life from attaching to the hull.

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