This past weekend marked another Earth Day. As we recognize the day committed to preserving our environment, we’re reminded that the better we take care of our waterways, the better boating will be. There are many simple ways that can make your day on the water better for the Earth and the next generation of boaters.
Do Your Boat Maintenance on Land
To protect the water, it’s important to do as much maintenance on land as possible. Allowing waste and runoff—including grease, fuel and cleaning products—to enter our waterways can wreak havoc on the local ecosystem. If you tow your boat, do your maintenance before or after you’re in the water. If you dock, try to take care of everything before you launch for the season. If you absolutely have to do maintenance in the water, be sure to select products that are easy on the environment. See Maintaining your Crownline tips here
Don’t Fill Up
Another way to keep the waterways clean is to reduce the amount of fuel you put in your tank. Not filling your tank to the top is better for your boat’s fuel economy because you’ll be carrying a lighter load. This is true for both cars and boats. And because gas expands as it heats, there’s a greater chance that excess fuel from a full tank will find its way into the water. Also, make sure not to let gas drip into the water when fueling.
Dispose of Your Waste Properly
Disposing of waste correctly is a necessary and easy way to help the environment. Keep trash on board and never throw it into the water. This includes food, bottles, cans, fishing line, plastics, and cigarette butts. It’s also of the utmost importance to dispose of toxic waste in the correct way. Batteries, cleaners, oils, parts, and paints all need to be dropped off at a hazardous waste collection site.
If you come across an environmental hazard, report it. It’s critically important to report oil spills and other pollutants from your boat or someone else’s to the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Response Center hotline at 1-800-424-8802. The NRC is staffed by marine scientists and Coast Guard officials 24/7.
Do Your Part to Fight Invasive Species
The risk of invasive species is a widely known, but it’s not something to get complacent about. Educate yourself on what to look for, and check your vessel before launching in new water. Many lakes and rivers have investigators positioned at launches to check your boat, but many do not. Be a responsible boat owner and do your part. Our planet depends on it.