Chapter 7: Water Cleanliness and Small Vessels

Respecting the Environment

Oil and Gas Spillage

A major concern associated with motorized vessels is the risk of an oil or gas spill. The negative impact of these spills can be prevented by taking care when fueling the boat or changing the oil.

When refueling the vessel, be careful to avoid fuel spillage and make use of spill prevention pads. If changing the oil alone, use a closed system like a portable oil change pump set to drain into a closed container. This prevents any spills as one transfers the oil. Keep a stock of oil-only absorbents in case needed to wipe up a spill. If a spill occurs, dispose of any used oil absorbents at the fuel dock, marina, or a hazardous waste facility.

Never mix oil with other waste. Keep oil separate from other waste and recycle used oil and used filters at an oil recycling facility.

Respecting the Environment

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation:

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation are underwater plants which grow up to the surface of shallow water. This vegetation acts a vital habitat and food source for marine animals.

This vegetation can be damaged, heavily, by boat propellers and larger boats which run aground. If operating a boat in shallow areas, try to avoid damaging this vital vegetation. Never operate a powerboat or PWC in shallow areas where these plants thrive, as these vessels can quickly destroy these plants and negatively impact the environment.