As boaters are uncovering their vessels and preparing them for another fun and exciting season, it is important to remember that certain activities, if not performed properly, can impact water and air quality. The Ohio Clean Marinas Program recommends that boaters follow Best Boater Practices- simple, effective actions that make a big difference in protecting our water resources.
Clean boating tips for sanding and painting
•Use a drop cloth beneath the hull to catch sanding dust and paint drops when working over unpaved surfaces.
•Clean up all debris, trash, sanding dust, and paint chips immediately following any maintenance or repair activity. Dispose of captured debris in your regular trash at home or in designated receptacles at your marina.
•Paints, solvents, and reducers should be mixed far from the water’s edge and transferred to work areas in tightly covered containers of one gallon or less.
Clean boating tips for engine maintenance
•Keep engines properly tuned for efficient fuel consumption, clean exhaust, and economy.
•Keep an oil absorption pad in the bilge or below the engine to collect spilled products.
•Never dump waste oils and engine coolants on the ground or into storm drains, dumpsters, or open waters.
•Recycle used oil, oil filters, antifreeze and lead acid batteries.
Find more clean boating tips at the Ohio Clean Boater website.