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Chesapeake Bay Safety and Environmental Hotline 877-224-7229 - Call this number to report problems on State waters.

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Here's a quick list of "21 Simple Steps to Cleaner Boating" from the BoatU.S. Foundation.

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How to Wash and Service Your Boat for a Clean Creek - Keep Trash, Oil, Solvents and Toxics Out of Our Creek

Capt'n Chris Tietje of The Liberté:
"The Fish and the Oysters and the Crabs Don't Need a Bath"


Clean Boating Suggestions from Maryland's Department of Natural Resources

Sewage Issues (from Maryland's Department of Natural Resources)

Tips for protecting our waterways
The most significant threat to the health of the Chesapeake Bay is nutrient overenrichment. When present in excessive amounts, nutrients trigger algal blooms. The algae prevents sunlight from passing through the water column. Aquatic plants suffer as a result. Furthermore, when this algae dies and is decomposed, dissolved oxygen levels can be reduced to the point where aquatic life is threatened.

Boat sewage, whether treated by a marine sanitation device (MSD) or not, contains nutrients. Although one flush form one head on one boat may not add a significant amount of nutrients to the water, the effects of nutrient overenrichment are cumulative and boat sewage can present a particular problem in areas of water that do not flush well and where boats tend to congregate (such as marinas and mooring areas).

Raw or poorly treated sewage also contains harmful bacteria which is a potential source of disease transmission to swimmers and others who come into contact with contaminated waters. Also, human consumption of shellfish contaminated with sewage can result in serious illness.

Pumpouts in Maryland - General Information

clean marinaclean marina flagThe Maryland Clean Marina Initiative is an evolving effort to assist marina, boatyards and yacht club operators to protect the resources that provide their livelihood: clean water and fresh air. The Initiative is distributing a comprehensive pollution prevention guidebook for marinas, recognizes “Clean Marinas” through an awards program, and conducts outreach activities to further promote environmentally responsible marina and boating practices.
Guidebook for Marinas | Certified Maryland Clean Marinas


Tip Sheets for Boaters from the Clean Marina Initiative

Join the The Maryland Clean Boater Program

While the Clean Marina Initiative has provided tools and help to Maryland marinas and boatyards since 1998 to protect the resources upon which their businesses depend — clean water and fresh air — the the Maryland Clean Boater Program was launched in 2007 to help boaters join the effort to protect our waterways.

The Program encourages you to take the Clean Boater Pledge to express your commitment to clean boating habits. The program provides tips and materials to prevent marine pollution.

Check out the Maryland Clean Boater Program website and take the pledge! While supplies last, each boater who returns a Pledge will receive a thank you gift!)

How Can You Be a Clean Boater?

General Clean Boating Tips

For use around marinas and while on the water anywhere: Contain Trash

Recycle Fuel Cautiously Control Oil In The Bilge Properly Dispose of Oil Absorbent Materials Clean Gently Maintain Your Vessel Wisely Sewage Dispose Of Fish Waste Properly Protect Sensitive Habitat Be A Responsible Boater


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