White Rock Harbour Board recognized

Group receives three-year recertification for efforts to keep waters of Semiahmoo Bay clean.

The White Rock Harbour Board was recognized last week for its commitment to keeping the waters of the Semiahmoo Bay clean.

The accolade came from the Georgia Strait Alliance at the Nov. 23 city council meeting, who presented the harbour board’s president, Gary Saunders, with a three-year recertification in the Clean Marine BC program.

The White Rock Harbour Board was first certified in the program – which uses an independent audit to oversee “environmental best practices” – in 2011; specific measures the board has undertaken include minimizing the release of pollutants, avoiding contamination of the water and ground, adopting waste-reduction strategies and optimizing energy and water conservation.

“This recertification is significant because it demonstrates that, as boaters, we are committed to keeping our environment and its waters clean,” Saunders said in a release. “The environmental piece is key to our facilities’ operations and how we promote sustainable boating.”