04/08/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/08/2021 12:56
For Immediate Release: 4/8/2021
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Division of Boating and Waterways and California Coastal Commission invite recreational boaters to celebrate Earth Day this year all month long. Protecting the environment is easy, even while enjoying California's waterways on a boat.
California has one of the highest levels of recreational activity in the nation. With 1,100 miles of coast, hundreds of navigable rivers, lakes and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, there are ample recreational opportunities for the state's recreational boating community. These opportunities also increase the potential of boat-related pollutants that can enter the environment, such as sewage, oil and fuel, detergents, solvents, paints, plastics and other marine debris. Given the large number of recreational boats in the state, even a small amount of pollution from a fraction of the boats can cause serious harm to marine fish and wildlife.
Below are some green and safe boating tips:
Protecting the environment and safely recreating in the outdoors go hand in hand. As such, boaters are encouraged to wear life jackets as they can greatly increase the chances of survival in an accident. Learn more at boatcalifornia.com.
The Boating Clean and Green Program is an outreach program that promotes environmentally sound boating practices to marine businesses and boaters in California. There are a number of complimentary sources available online at www.BoatingCleanAndGreen.com.
Top: Volunteers clean up along Pier 39 in San Francisco. Bottom left: Free California Boater Kit.
Bottom right:Sewage pumpout station in at Vallejo Municipal Marina. Photos from Boating Clean and Green Program and San Francisco Estuary Partnership.
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