Get Out & Clean Up
As things heat up across the U.S., we are excited to soak up the summer sun the only way we know how: on the water! Boatsetter has made boating possible for so many people and now we’re taking it a step further with our #MindYourWake initiatives. Minding Your Wake means being conscious of your vessels ‘wake print’ and minimizing the impact boating has on aquatic ecosystems.
As a core value, it’s important we set an example for recreational boaters and do our part to ensure these environments are around for future generations to enjoy – the best way to do so is to practice sustainable boating.
Along with sustainable boating practices comes a responsibility to clean up and preserve the very same environments we love to explore.
To join in the fight of protecting and saving our waterways, Boatsetter has been involved in several waterway clean-ups this year. As a grassroots effort to invoke environmental change, coastal clean-ups are a great way to show you care. Not to mention that these events promote a sense of personal satisfaction and cultivate a unique environmental consciousness. Picking up someone else’s garbage makes you realize how much waste you produce yourself!
Check out the details below for our 2022 clean-up events.
Schedule of Events
The Boatsetter team is proud to be involved in five waterway clean-ups this year, partnering with a variety of different organizations across the U.S.. Part of minding your wake is generating a boots-on-the-ground presence to help mitigate the effects of pollution in real-time. Also, collaborating with other like-minded organizations and combining our strengths is what will allow us to create the biggest change possible. This year, we’ve done just that!
Broward County Waterway Clean-Up (March 2022)
In March, Boatsetter teamed up with Broward County to sponsor a clean-up event at Hollywood Marina for the second year in a row. The Broward County Waterway Clean-up is an annual event with dozens of locations across the county. This year, more than 1,000 volunteers came out to help and cleaned up more than 11 tons of trash from Broward County!
Clean Miami Beach (March 2022)
Also in March, we teamed up with Clean Miami Beach to collect over 400 lbs of trash from South Miami Beach. We collected over 200 plastic bottles and hundreds of cigarette butts! We even found a car jack discarded in a bush…I mean hey, trash is trash!
Clean Ocean Action New Jersey Clean-Up (April 2022)
We then headed up north to partner with Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweeps to clean up the beaches of New Jersey in early April. Our team met the organization at Ashbury Park, NJ and spent the chilly morning collecting trash and debris from the beach.
Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful: World Oceans Day Clean-Up (June 2022)
In June, we honored World Oceans Day (6/8/22) and teamed up with Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful. We navigated down the Hillborough River scooping up plastic bags, finishing line, and to-go containers, just to name a few. Combined with the other water and land participants, this event collected over 370 lbs of trash and debris; 370 lbs that didn’t make it to Tampa Bay or the ocean!
Puget Soundkeeper Lake Union Clean-Up (July 2022)
This month we traveled to Seattle to partner with the Puget Soundkeeper and celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Boatsetter hosted a waterway clean-up event on Lake Union, which plays a vital role in Seattle’s ecology, industry, travel, and recreation. Over 15 Boatsetter employees from near and far attended the event, and together, we collected over 50 lbs of marine debris in less than 2 hours!
Interested in Volunteering with Boatsetter?
If you’re interested in giving back to your local community and helping to protect our aquatic world, waterway clean-ups are great environmental events to get involved in. Try searching for upcoming clean-up events in your area. Local county parks are a great place to start and have environmental programs and activities for a wide range of interests. During the past decade, Keep America Beautiful has collected over 750 million pounds of trash and recyclables and is a great organization to check out if you’re interested in hosting your own clean-up.
10 Tips for a successful waterway clean-up
- Wear proper clothing (closed-toe shoes, clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, hat/sunglasses)
- Stay hydrated
- Apply reef-safe sunscreen
- Bring garbage bags and trash pickers if not already provided
- Always wear gloves
- Look before you grab trash—pay attention to any sharp or unknown objects
- Respect live animals nearby
- Recruit family and friends
- Wash hands and equipment afterward
- Post on social media to give recognition to the event and inspire others to take action!
Other Ways to Help Keep Our Waterways Clean
Outside of volunteering your time to help mitigate the effects of pollution, there are a number of different things you can do as a boater to help keep our oceans clean.
- First, remember to keep all your trash inside the boat and never let it fall into the water—once you’re back on land, you can dispose of it properly.
- While refilling your boat’s gas tank, try to eliminate any oil or fuel from spilling into the water. If a spill does occur, notify marina management or local authorities immediately.
- Additionally, be conscious of nearby coral reefs, seagrass and fish beds when anchoring.
- Back on land, try to take advantage of reusable containers and do your part in recycling items from your household.
To learn more about sustainable boating practices, be sure to read our step-by-step guide here.
Read other stories within our #MindYourWake Series:
The post Community of Change: Boatsetter’s Waterway Clean Up appeared first on Boatsetter.