|The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating
Safety and Clean Water is asking boaters and marina operators for
help in preventing the drips and drops that can accidentally
escape from boats and fuel-pump nozzles during refueling.
"Help Stop the Drops," a nationwide clean-fueling program,
includes online educational information on smart refueling tips,
clean-refueling products, free fuel-dock signage, and much more.
"Small fuel spills may not seem like much when they occur, but
over time they can add up and harm the marine environment," said
Susan Shingledecker, environmental program manager for the BoatU.S.
"By partnering with marina fuel docks, we hope to encourage
boaters and dock staff to take some simple steps to help keep fuel
out of the water.
The foundation kicked off their efforts by partnering with over
600 fuel docks nationwide to provide free Clean Fueling education
kits containing a fuel-vent overflow-collection device that
boaters can use while filling up, educational materials outlining
best fueling practices, and fuel-dock signage.
The kits were sent to fuel docks at BoatU.S.Cooperating Marinas
across the country.
Boaters may be able to identify these participating marinas by
the "Help Stop The Drops" signage at the pump.
The foundation hopes to use these marinas to test the program's
effectiveness, so it is asking boaters who frequent these
locations to ask to borrow the "No-Spill" fuel-tank
vent-collection device when they fill up, and give feedback to the
marina operator on how they feel about the program.
To complement the fuel dock signage and clean fueling kits, the
BoatU.S. Foundation has developed a new clean-fueling Web site
http://www.helpstopthedrops.com that provides comprehensive
information for both boaters and fuel-dock staff.
The site contains information on fueling tips, clean fueling
products, and how to respond to a spill.
Also available at the Web site are a series of free educational
Marina operators can get a free clean-fueling product guide —
Don't Let Fuel Spills Foul Your Bottom Line — while kids can even
get in on the program with a free activity sheet. Boaters can also
send comments directly to the foundation by taking the online
fueling survey at the Web site.