Basics of Clean Boating
Every boater loves enjoying our waterways and each of us have a chance to keep those waterways clean and healthy for future generations. Help keep our waterways clean by checking out these Clean Boating Tips and exploring the topics throughout our website.
- Know how much fuel your tank holds and don’t top off!
- Make sure anyone fueling the boat knows which deck fill is for fuel.
- Use oil absorbent pads or donuts while fueling to catch drips.
- Dispose of all oil absorbents properly.
- Fuel your trailer boat or PWC before launching.
- Use onshore facilities before leaving shore.
- Never discharge untreated sewage on inland waters or within 3 miles of shore.
- Know the No Discharge Zones in your local waterways.
- Know where your local pumpout stations are located and how to pumpout properly.
- Make sure you pick up your pet’s waste.
- Make a rule that nothing goes overboard.
- Have sturdy trash and recycling containers with lids on your boat.
- Bring all of your trash back when going out on the water.
- Properly dispose of cigarette butts.
- Purchase reusable products, containers, water bottles and products that use less plastic packaging.
- Be sure to stow or tie down all gear when underway on the water or the highway.
- Participate in a cleanup event - especially in areas accessible only by boat.
- Bring all your recyclables back to shore and recycle them.
- Dispose of your monofilament fishing line at recycling bins at your marina or tackle shop.
- Make sure you recycle other common boating waste such as shrink wrap, batteries and antifreeze.
- Regularly rinse your decks with fresh water and a brush to reduce the need to use heavy cleaners.
- Try to do large cleaning and maintenance jobs while the boat is out of the water.
- Choose “greener” cleaning products when needed.
- Keep your engine clean and tuned to prevent leaks.
- Consider whether or not you need antifouling paints and look for lower metal content paints.
- Keep a bilge pad or sock in your bilge to absorb oil drips.
- Observe no wake zones and minimize your wake near the shore, wildlife and other boaters.
- Carry charts and know how to read them to prevent running aground. If you do run aground, know how to get loose.
- Proceed slowly in shallow areas and avoid contact with underwater grasses.
- Practice selective harvesting – know which fish you want to/should keep.
- Use tackle that is safer for catch and release such as single hooks, barbless hooks or circle hooks and use a dehooker.
- Prevent the spread of invasive species – remember to CLEAN, DRAIN, DRY your boat and gear.
Be a Responsible Boater
Choose a Clean Marina for your maintenance needs and to dock your boat.
Give your guest a Clean Boating Briefing to let them know the importance of reducing their impact on the environment.