ALEXANDRIA, VA - April 22 is Earth Day and boaters can observe this special day by doing their part to reduce pollutants that end up in our air and waters, advises the BOAT/U.S. Clean Water Trust.
Stash Your Trash
Keep cigarette butts out of the water. Thousands wash up on shore daily.
Be sure fishing lines return to port with you.
Pick up shore side litter so it doesnt find its way into the water.
Take sandwiches and snacks from home in reusable containers.
Help Stop the Drops
At the fuel dock, dont trust the automatic shutoff on the gas nozzle.
Close portable gas tank vents when not in use to reduce vapors going into the air.
To reduce exhaust emissions, keep the engine tuned to the manufacturers specifications.
To conserve fuel, minimize engine idling and operate at speeds within the engines most efficient range.
Recycle waste oil and use an oil-soaking pillow in the bilge to catch leaks and prevent spills.
Use onshore rest rooms while at the dock.
Dont dump untreated sewage in inland and protected waters.
Call 1-800-ASK-FISH to find pumpout stations for your holding tank.
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