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Recreational boaters play a vital role in assisting marinas implement the Indiana Clean Marina Program. You may think “how can I, as an individual boater, make a difference?” Consider some of the potential pollutants that are generated by boaters. These include pathogens from pet waste and sewage discharge, fish waste from dockside cleaning, petroleum hydrocarbons from fueling, toxic metals from antifouling paints, and liquid and solid wastes from boat cleaning and other boating related activities. Now consider the tens or even hundreds of other boats in the marina that are also generating these potential pollutants as they fuel, clean, or maintain their boats. The individual actions of many boaters can make a big difference.
Just like the marinas, there are a number of Best Management Practices (BMPs) that boaters can implement to protect water quality and aquatic resources. Best management practices are methods that have been determined to be the most effective and practical means of preventing or reducing pollution.
Why Should Boaters Participate in the Indiana Clean Marina Program?
Here are few other reasons for recreational boaters to participate in the Indiana Clean Marina Program.
So How Can You Help?
Boaters can download and sign a copy of the Clean Boater Pledge. By signing this pledge, boaters promise to be stewards of Indiana’s inland and coastal waterways by implementing clean boating practices. They also agree to encourage other boaters to do their part in protecting the resource. A series of Boater Tip Sheets have been created to guide boaters in implementing clean boating practices. After signing and sending in the Clean Boater Pledge, boaters will receive and be authorized to prominently display an Indiana Clean Marina sticker on their watercraft.
Resources for Recreational Boaters
Indiana Department of Natural Resources: Boater Education
Protect Your Waters: Aquatic Invasive Species
Indiana State Department of Health: Fish Consumption Advisory
U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
Alliance for the Great Lakes