Boating and picnic tips
The weather is warming up which means outdoor recreational activities are near. The Department of Ecology would like to share some environmental tips for boating and having picnics.
When having a picnic:
- Service boat motor. A well-maintained motor means fewer pollutants coming from the exhaust and fewer fluid leaks into the water.
- Use low-phosphate cleaners when detailing the boat. This helps reduce algae and aquatic weeds because phosphates act as a fertilizer.
- Take only what is needed and make sure it's within legal limits when removing aquatic life or shells from a natural resource.
- Dispose of human waster properly. Call the State Parks and Recreation Commission, at (360) 902-8513, to locate the closest boat waste pump-out station.
- Take trash home. Debris kills thousands of birds, mammals, and fish each year as they ingest it or become entangled and die by strangulation, drowning, or starvation.
- Use durable dishes, cloth napkins, and tablecloths, not paper or plastic. This helps reduce the amount of waste.
- Use a durable cooler, avoid one-time only styrofoam coolers. Styrofoam may be manufactured with chlorofluorocarbons. Chlorofluorocarbons are associated with ozone depletion and global climate change.
- Use designated paths to help preserve the natural beauty of Washington parks.
- Remember: Whatever is packed in, needs to be packed out. Don't litter.