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Tips for Safe Boating With Your Pet

With boating season in high gear it's a good time for a little refresher on pet friendly boating to ensure your little one is safe. Before hitting the high seas with your pet it's important to plan ahead and always keep the best interests of your four-legged friend in mind. Boating with your pet can be a wonderful and bonding experience or a not so pleasant one. It's all a function of proper planning and preparation.

Be sure to take these necessary provisions to ensure that your pet's boat cruise is a happy and safe one.

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Ohio Watercraft Officers increase patrols to stop boating under the influence

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) will be participating in Operation Dry Water June 27-29 as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence (BUI) of drugs or alcohol.

“Consuming alcohol on a boat can have serious, even deadly, consequences,” said Gary Obermiller, chief of the ODNR Division of Watercraft. “It is critical for drivers and passengers to stay sober and stay safe at all times while boating.”

The leading factor in boater deaths nationwide is alcohol use while boating. Operation Dry Water will focus on increased patrols, Breathalyzer tests and checkpoints as well as boater education about the dangers of boating under the influence.

Last year during the three-year Operation Dry Water, ODNR Division of Watercraft officers contacted boaters on 456 vessels and made 10 arrests for boating under the influence.

In Ohio, boaters whose blood alcohol content (BAC) level exceeds the state limit of .08 can expect to be arrested for BUI and face other serious penalties, including fines, jail and loss of privileges to register and to operate boats.

Operation Dry Water is a joint program of the ODNR Division of Watercraft, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, the U.S. Coast Guard and local marine patrol officers. For more information on Operation Dry Water visit operationdrywater.org.

The ODNR Division of Watercraft is responsible for boating safety, education and law enforcement on all waters of the state. This statewide area includes the near shore area along 451 miles of the Ohio River, approximately half the entire surface area of Lake Erie, more than 605 inland lakes and more than 60,000 miles of inland streams, rivers and other waterways.

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Ohio Clean Marinas encourages boaters to practice clean boating this summer

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.

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