On YouTube: Practice Environmentally Friendly Boating
Great Lakes Boating & Marine Trades - News


Dave White, New York Sea Grant, Recreation/Tourism Specialist, P: 315.312.3042, E: dgw9@cornell.edu

Rochester, NY, July 8, 2013 - Boaters can practice environmentally friendly boating by following a few simple steps. For this edition of Going Green, Your News Now’s Terry Ettinger has more.

“The first thing boaters can do is to make sure their boat is in good working order. They have the engine tuned, that they make sure they’re not allowing any product that’s supposed to be on the boat from going overboard. So, they have a well-tuned, well-maintained, well-managed boat is the first thing they have to do,” said New York Sea Grant's Recreation/Tourism Specialist Dave White.

There are also several new products that can help boaters help the environment.

“What I have here is a fuel nozzle bib, which is placed over the nozzle of your fuel tank, either in your boat or the fuel tank if it’s an off-board tank. This will make sure that any gas that’s being splashed will be caught. This (gas fuel bib) absorbs all of the petroleum to make sure no gas goes overboard,” said White.

Another helpful device is called a bilge sock. It goes on the bottom of your boat.

“And it will absorb any petroleum product that either leaks out or drips from the engine or the fuel tank. It only absorbs petroleum products, not water. So, you turn your bilge on, the only thing going out is clean water, making sure you’re not putting any petroleum products overboard into the waterways of Upstate New York,” said White.

Bilge socks and fuel nozzle bibs aren’t required but more and more people are using them.

“Many marinas and other areas aren’t requiring these items, but recommending them and many will actually give them to boaters so they’ll have them on board to help them be good stewards of the resource and help keep our waterways clean and safe,” said White.

For more on this topic, check out the video clip.

And there's more "NYSG Great Lakes Boating & Marine Trades" News available via the "News/Topics" link in the left-hand sidebar at www.nyseagrant.org/marina.

The YNN channel, based in Syracuse, telecasts two separate program feeds, one to Central/Northern New York; one to the Southern Tier. YNN is available to nearly 600,000 cable subscribers across a 25-county, 15,000 square mile area.

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