RBAW Monthly Newsletter

- June 2024 -

Cruising this weekend? Get a FREE Mobile Pump-out!

Heading to Liberty Bay, Port of Poulsbo guest dock, Blake Island, Illahee or Fort Ward Marine Parks this weekend, get your FREE mobile pumpout from NW Mobile Pumpout. RBAW was awarded a 3-year WA State Parks CVA grant to provide this service to all recreational boaters on summer weekends and holidays. Partial funding was through the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission Clean Vessel Act Program, and in cooperation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Clean Vessel Act Grant Program.

Want to schedule a FREE Mobile Pumpout . . .or see where else mobile or fixed pumpouts are offered in Puget Sound? Click the buttons below, call (253) 225-7660 . . .or waive down the NW Mobile Pumpuout vessel as it’s passing through!! Remember that Puget Sound is a no discharge zone, and boaters must properly dispose of their sewage.

The MindtheZone Campaign Has Kicked Off!

We're excited to announce that MindTheZone, RBAW’s summer initiative to raise awareness about the five seaplane advisory buoys on Lake Union, is already making a significant impact!

Our Campaign Director, Kirk Myers, and Outreach/Marketing Coordinator, Taylor Gitlin, have been diligently spreading the word through various channels. This year, MindTheZone has expanded its reach with radio ads on KUOW and KEXP, as well as a full wrap on one of the four South Lake Union Trolleys. Digitally, our campaign is reaching a larger audience than ever before. The 15-second YouTube video averages 12,000 views per day and has amassed over 186,000 views so far!

We're effectively reaching our core audience—those enjoying Lake Union—through these digital efforts and on-the-ground outreach with both the public and local businesses around the lake.

We look forward to continuing to promote this important safety message throughout the summer. Please help us keep everyone safe on Lake Union. If you would like signage or other materials for your business, marina, yacht club, paddle group, etc., reach out to MindTheZone@RBAW.org. For more information, visit mindthezone.org.

Invitation to Participate in Boater Engagement Workshops for Southern Resident Killer Whale Recovery

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and its Orca Regulations Communications Advisory (ORCA) Group seeks input from the Salish Sea recreational boater community to inform its education, outreach, and communications work related to Southern Resident killer whales (SRKW) and related vessel regulations (as directed by the Washington State Legislature in the 2023-24 Senate Bill 5371). Your perspectives will ground this important work in reality and lead to more effective communication that will ultimately support SRKW recovery.

How can you participate?

WDFW and the ORCA Group are hosting two online workshops—you are welcome to join one or both:

Workshop 1: Anticipating 2025 Vessel Regulations

Date and Time: Thursday, June 20, 2024, from 9:30am – 11:00am, PDT

Description: Vessel regulations being implemented in 2025 may raise many questions for boaters. Join this workshop to learn about the upcoming regulations and actions you can take this boating season to prepare for the change, and to share your concerns and communication suggestions through small-group discussions.

Registration: REGISTER HERE

Workshop 2: Shaping 2025 Education, Outreach, and Communication Efforts

Date and Time: Thursday, September 12, 2024, from 9:30am – 11:00am, PDT

Description: In this workshop, we will collect feedback on initial education, outreach, and/or communication plans related to the 2025 vessel regulations to ensure WDFW and the ORCA Group efforts are effective. More information about this workshop will be forthcoming later this summer.

Registration: REGISTER HERE

For more information and the agenda, please visit the ORCA GROUP WEBSITE

Questions? Contact!

Coastal Waters Forecasts With Wave Detail

The Coastal Waters Forecast will now include detailed wave information for the coastal waters & Western Strait of Juan de Fuca. This will provide additional critical information to create an improved and consistent forecast nationwide.

While the terms wind wave & swell are going away, no forecast info will be lost! Significant wave height will now be reported. Wave detail will fully describe the notable wave groups (with direction, height, & period) and will be sorted by period (from shortest to longest).

Skagit County Vessel Turn-In Recycling Day


It’s a FREE Vessel Turn-In event hosted by the Skagit Marine Resources Committee, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, Skagit County, Port of Skagit, La Conner Maritime Services, Northwest Straits Commission, and Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The Vessel Turn-In Program (VTIP) is managed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to help prevent boats from becoming derelict or abandoned and to keep pollution out of our marine habitats.


Participation is open to anyone who is a WA resident and has proof of ownership or the legal authority to dispose of the vessel.


1. Fill out DNR’s Vessel Turn-In application and get pre-approved BEFORE June 24th, 2024.

2. Email your completed application and photos of your vessel to: dvrp@dnr.wa.gov, include “Skagit Vessel Turn-In Event”

in the subject line.

3. Prior approval is required for this event. Space will be limited and filled in the order applications are received and approved.

We will accept vessels 34 ft or less in length.

Vessels 35 ft or larger will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

If you cannot drop off your vessel at the specified location, you are encouraged to apply and if approved, transport can be coordinated or DNR can add you to the list and coordinate alternative vessel turn-in options.


Call 360-902-BOAT (2628) or Email: dvrp@dnr.wa.gov.

Upcoming Events!

Legislative Committee Meeting
June 17, 2024
 | 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM | Held by Zoom only

Membership Committee Meeting
June 26, 2024
 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM | Held by Zoom only

NEW Contributing Member Sponsorship Opportunities!

Do YOU have a referral for a potential Contributing Member?

Support the recreational boater, and what's important to them!

Please refer them to our Executive Director, Katie Bohocky, CAE

Platinum Sponsor - $10,000

  • Educational Speaking Consideration
  • Exhibitor Table at Annual Member Meeting
  • Ability to Offer Discounts to RBAW Members
  • Named Sponsor & Logo on RBAW Website Home Page
  • Sponsor Directory Listing on RBAW Website
  • 2 Social Media Spotlights with Information of your Choice
  • Sponsor Logo on Exhibit Booth Banner
  • Sponsor Logo on Annual Meeting Banner
  • Named Sponsor & Logo on RBAW Member Communications
  • Business Card Ad & Logo in RBAW’s Newsletter

Gold Sponsor - $5,000

  • Ability to Offer Discounts to RBAW Members
  • Named Sponsor & Logo on RBAW Website Home Page
  • Sponsor Directory Listing on RBAW Website
  • 1 Social Media Spotlight with Information of your Choice
  • Sponsor Logo on Exhibit Booth Banner
  • Sponsor Logo on Annual Meeting Banner
  • Named Sponsor & Logo on RBAW Member Communications
  • Business Card Ad & Logo in RBAW’s Newsletter

Silver Sponsor - $2,500

  • Named Sponsor & Logo on RBAW Website Home Page
  • Sponsor Logo on Exhibit Booth Banner
  • Sponsor Logo on Annual Meeting Banner
  • Business Card Ad & Logo in RBAW’s Newsletter

Bronze Sponsor - $1,000

  • Named Sponsor & Logo on RBAW Website Home Page
  • Business Card Ad & Logo in RBAW’s Newsletter

Click here for a .pdf of these sponsorship opportunities!

To learn more about how your business can support what's important to the recreational boater in WA, and get notice by our 7,000+ members contact our Executive Director today!

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