Clean, Green Boating
Be a good steward of our waters
Boat owners play an important role in protecting water
quality while they enjoy the water and when they repair and
maintain their investment.
As little as a quart of oil, diesel, or gasoline can contaminate acres of water and shellfish beds,
and can prove deadly to all forms of aquatic life.
Most boat hulls used in marine waters are coated with soft toxic paints (ablative and sloughing) that
contain toxic chemicals, like copper, that poison aquatic life. In 2018, antifouling paint containing copper will be phased out of use on recreational boats.
tanks, when improperly released, threaten the health of people
playing in the water or on beaches.
Soaps and detergents that
boaters might be tempted to use over water are also toxic to
aquatic life, especially to our threatened and endangered
If you own a boat, you have responsibilities. Be a Clean,
Green boater. Learn more about your role here!