Clean, green boating

Boat owners play an important role in protecting water quality.

Why do we care about boats?

  • Spilling even just a quart of oil, diesel, or gasoline can contaminate acres of water and shellfish beds.
  • The hulls on most boats used in marine waters are coated with soft toxic paints that contain toxic chemicals, like copper, that poison aquatic life.
  • Sewage holding tanks, when improperly released, threaten the health of people playing in the water or on beaches.
  • Soaps and detergents used over water are toxic to aquatic life, especially to threatened and endangered salmon.
If you own a boat, you have responsibilities. Be a clean, green boater. Learn more about your role!
Fueling recreational boats

Drips can end up in the water when fuel drips off the nozzle, splashes out of the tank, or discharges out of the vent from over-filling or expansion.
Small spills add up to big problems. Even after the sheen is gone, there still is fuel in the water, and it continues to threaten the aquatic environment. It can kill fish and other aquatic life, and can cause long-term damage to the surrounding habitat.


To prevent spills Report all spills