Smart™ - Environmental Tips Homeland
Protecting New York
be aware of rules and guidelines regarding homeland security measures.
are steps that all boaters, including those involved with paddle sports,
should take to protect our country and are a direct result of the terrorist
attacks of 11 September 2001. Keep your distance from all military vessels,
cruise lines, or commercial shipping:
All vessels must proceed at a no-wake speed when within a Protection Zone
(which extends 500 yards around U.S. naval vessels).
Non-military vessels are not allowed to enter within 100 yards of a U.S.
naval vessel, whether underway or moored, unless authorized by an official
patrol. The patrol may be either Coast Guard or Navy.
Violating the Naval Vessel Protection Zone is a felony offense, punishable
by up to 6 years imprisonment and/or up to $250,000 in fines. Observe and
avoid all security zones. Avoid commercial port operation areas. Avoid
restricted areas near: · Dams and power plants · Naval shipyards
Dry docks Do not stop or anchor beneath bridges or in channels. Keep your
boat locked when not using it, including while at temporary docks; such
as, yacht clubs, restaurants, marinas, shopping, etc. When storing your
boat disable the engine. If on a trailer or a roof rack, immobilize it
so it cannot be moved. Keep a sharp eye out for anything that looks peculiar
or out of the ordinary, and report it to the Coast Guard, port, or marine
within a foreign country, make certain that you check in with the foreign
country's Customs Service upon entering the country and with the USA Customs
Service and/or Immigration and Naturalization Service upon returning. Know
the rules before you go abroad so there are no unpleasant surprises upon
your return home.
To help prevent
the spread of the latest plague of non-native fish and Zebra muscles in
our waterways, all boaters should follow these simple rules:
Trailer and paddle boaters should remove visible mud, plants, fish, or
animals from boats, equipment, and trailers prior to transport to another
body of water.
Scrape any debris, especially mussels, from boat or outdrive, and flush
hull, bilges, and water-holding compartments with hot water, if available
(at least 120 degrees Fahrenheit).
Do not release plants or fish, including bait, into a body of water unless
they came out of that same body of water.
Power boaters: pump fresh water through engines before leaving the area,
wash down trailers, and remove water from bilge and transom wells by removing
the drain plug and parking on an incline to facilitate draining.
Paddle boaters: empty water out of kayaks, canoes, rafts, etc. Make sure
storage compartments are empty of water and that water shoes do not have
any debris attached.
Use high-pressure hot water to spray down boat, trailer, and paddles, if
Let boat, trailer, and equipment dry for at least five days.
rules apply to: · SCUBA diver equipment · Waterfowl hunting
gear · Angler's rods and equipment · Sailboats and sailboards
· Personal watercrafts (PWCs) · Seaplanes
We all enjoy
America's lakes, rivers, and coastal waters. To keep them healthy and productive,
follow good environmental boating practices.
Top Ten Green Boating Tips
1. Keep your
bilge clean; don't pump oily water overboard.
2. Use bilge
absorbents in place of detergents.
pump your sewage in confined waters; use a holding tank.
local and federal sewage regulations.
your garbage home; don't litter.
6. Use detergents
sparingly; even "biodegradable" cleaners are hard on the aquatic environment.
7. When fueling,
don't top off tanks. Clean up any spilled fuel.
8. Use only
paints approved for marine use.
shoreline erosion; watch your wake and propeller wash.
10. If fishing,
practice catch and release. Report Pollution When You See It.