4 Ways to Go Green at the Lake This Summer

Whether you are headed out for a wild afternoon on your new skis or a quiet afternoon with your trusty old fishing rod, boating is a fabulous way to spend the hot summer days. Much of the appeal that surrounds boating has to do with the natural beauty of the boating water and the surrounding landscape. By incorporating these four green practices into your boating regime, you will protect the ecology of your favorite local boating spot as well as the world's environment as a whole.

1. Clean Green

If done improperly, cleaning your boat could dirty the nearby water. Do as much work as you can in a boatyard away from the water and ensure that you have tarps to contain your waste and catch your drips. The best green cleaners are water-based and biodegradable. Look for Green Seal certified cleaners for the best results. Make sure that you understand the cleaning regulations in your state as well. While some states require the use of certain green cleaners, others may revoke your license if you leave the water without cleaning your equipment properly. A boaters safety course at Boaterexam.com can help you learn about the regulations in your area as well as relevant boater safety issues.

2. Understand How the Clean Boating Act Affects You

An amendment to the CWA (Clean Water Act), the CBA (Clean Boating Act) includes provisions allowing recreational boats to release their discharge. Whether you have a tiny kayak or a large yacht, you need to be aware of these rules and follow them. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) reports that if boaters only release discharge into approved areas, they will protect the natural landscape and ecology of these areas.

3. Do Not Give Hitchhikers a Free Ride

Nuisance species can attach themselves to your boat, your flotation devices or even your clothing. If not removed properly, these species can hitchhike with you to your next boating spot. Once there, they may jump ship and establish themselves in the new waters. This can upset the ecology of that area, threaten native species and even make the water unusable for recreational purposes. To keep the hitchhikers off your boat, remove any visible mud, plants or animals from your boat before moving it. Clean all of the equipment that came in contact with the water including your dog, and if you find any fish or plants later, never release them into any body of water other than the one they came from.

4. Minimize Fuel Consumption

If you do not have the right-sized motor for your boat, you will consume more fuel than you need. You should consider getting a larger motor if you seem to be constantly running your engine at open throttle. Although a larger motor may sound counter-productive when it comes to reducing fuel consumption, the right-sized motor will actually be able to move your boat more efficiently, and it will reduce both your emissions and your consumption. You can also reduce fuel consumption by taking shorter trips, reducing unnecessary trips and keeping your motor on idle as much as possible.

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