What you can do...
Donâ€™t leave a sheen.
If youâ€™re a boater, you can help keep our waters clean every time you fuel up. You can make sure fuel goes only in your tank, and not in the water.
Bonus points!Properly fueling your boat also helps you:
Many boaters may not be aware theyâ€™ve spilled fuel.
Unless you take precautions, drips can end up in the water when fuel back-splashes out of the tank, when it discharges out of the vent from over-filling or expansion, or when it drips off the nozzle.
Even a small amount of spilled fuel can disperse and cause an oil sheen to spread out over a large area of water. Small spills add up to big problems as they accumulate. And after the sheen is gone, the persistence of fuel in the water continues to threaten our aquatic environment. It can kill fish and other aquatic life, and can cause long-term damage to the surrounding habitat.
Fueling your boat doesnâ€™t have to be a problem.
What will you do to help?
It's officially boating season! Keep it clean.
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