Splish-Splash Your Boat Needs a Bath!
The arrival of spring and ice out has many boat owners eager to dust off that gem and get out on New Hampshire's lakes and ponds. For some, that means spring cleaning before the maiden voyage. Is so, just follow these trusty tips to ensure a squeaky clean result! But first, let's review some important information so you understand what responsibilities come with boat washing.
Surface water discharges are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES). DES's authority to enforce discharges into state waters is provided for in the following RSA: 485-A:13
This means that boat owners and marina facilities need to take precautions to make sure soaps, cleansers and wastewater aren't dumped into lakes and rivers, or into the ground (unless a discharge permit has been obtained). Let's face it, you don't want to drink or swim in it and neither do the wildlife that call these places home!
Boat Washing - In the Water
This is NOT the recommended method. Please remove your boat from the water prior to washing. Remember, no wastewater can enter surface waters.
Boat Washing - On Land
The recommended method, and likely the most popular among boaters.
Boat Washing - Recommended Products
The most natural cleanser to use would be water and some elbow grease. Other natural cleansers include baking soda, borax, and lemon juice. Use natural cleansers in place of solvent-based cleansers, but use in moderation. Otherwise, try to use biodegradable, non-toxic, and phosphate free cleansers if available. If you're unsure if a certain product might have negative environmental impacts, contact DES at (603) 271-2858. Visit the DES Pollution Prevention Program for additional boat washing resources available to educate boat owners and marina facilities. Congratulations, your boat, and surface waters are clean!
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