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As boaters, it’s our responsibility to do our part to help conserve our waterways for future generations. Take the time to gain an understanding of how to be a better steward of our environment. You can easily reduce your impact by putting these green boating tips into practice.

1. Use green or eco-friendly boat cleaning products whenever possible. This will help keep chemicals and toxins out of the water. Check your boat manual to be sure any products you use are safe to use on your boat.

2. Dispose of all paints, batteries, antifreeze, engine fluids, cleaning products, oil filters, oil, and any other hazardous wastes at the proper hazardous waste collection facility or event.

3. Use proper pump-out stations. If you have a port-a-potty, versus an installed toilet, empty it only at a harbor dump stations or bathrooms.

4. Never throw fishing line, plastic bags, or any other trash into the water. Use recycling bins or facilities to recycle plastic, glass, metal, and paper products.

5. Pre-chart your trips to help to conserve your boat’s fuel supply. You can also remove any unnecessary gear or weight that could reduce your fuel efficiency.

6. Clean your boat thoroughly and avoid transporting exotic species. Clean your boat off thoroughly before trailering it to another waterway.

7. Stay on top of boat maintenance. Spring is a great time to have maintenance performed to make sure that your boat isn’t contributing to any pollution. If you have to repaint the bottom of your boat, check into alternative anti-fouling paint products that are safer for the environment.

For additional green boating information, contact your state wildlife agency or department of environmental protection.

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