A Westport Marina Manager is being honored with an environmental excellence award from the Washington Department of Ecology for going above and beyond normal duties to keep boats afloat.
Marina manager Ken Rausch also is being honored due to his extra diligence in working with boat owners and operators, Ecology’s Spill Response Team, contractors, and others to contain and clean up fuel spills when they have occurred during the last two decades.
Ecology will present the award to Rausch today during the Port of Grays Harbor Commission Meeting at 9 am.
A few examples of Rausch’s efforts include when the fishing vessel Anna Lovisa inadvertently pumped diesel fuel overboard in the summer of 2011, when the derelict 152-foot crab-fishing vessel Sitkin Island was abandoned for the third time at the Port, and in May 2009, Ken single-handedly prevented the complete sinking of the 47-foot sailboat Cristobal when the owner left the vessel unattended at the Port’s Hoquiam boat launch.
Supervisor Jim Sachet said: “There have been dozens of similar situations over the years. Being an hour or two away from any Ecology facility, Westport can’t be one of our daily stops. Ken is our ‘eyes on the water’ in that area.
The Environmental Excellence Award is the Department of Ecology’s highest award for recognizing environmental excellence in the state of Washington.