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What is Electric Shock Drowning?

Electric Shock Drowning (ESD) is the result of the passage of a typically low level AC current through the body with sufficient force to cause skeletal muscular paralysis, rendering the victim unable to help themselves, eventually resulting in drowning. The typical victim of ESD swims in or around a marina or dock where electricity is present. The electricity that enters the water and causes ESD originates from the wiring of the dock, or from boats that are connected to the marina's or dock’s power supply. Would you step into a bathtub with a hair dryer? Think of the boat as the hairdryer. If an electric fault occurs on a boat while it is connected to power on the dock or marina, and the boat or power source is not properly wired, the water surrounding the boat will become electrified. Click here to learn more about ESD and how you can prevent it from happening to you and your family.


Be a Sober Boater
This summer the Ohio Division of Parks and Watercraft officers had another successful Operation Dry Water Weekend.  While state natural resources officers and local marine patrols are always on the lookout for impaired boat operators, Operation Dry Water is an organized national effort that focuses greater awareness of the need for boaters to boat smart, boat sober and make a commitment to staying safe on the water.  

Alcohol can impair a boater's judgment, balance, vision and reaction time. Alcohol also increases fatigue and is dangerous for everyone on the boat. Intoxicated passengers can easily slip, fall overboard or suffer other life-threatening accidents.  “Alcohol is involved in about one of every four fatal boating-related accidents in Ohio, making it critical to always have a sober captain when boating,” said ODNR Division of Parks and Watercraft Chief Mike Bailey.  Besides for the increased change of serious injury, in Ohio, individuals driving a boat with a blood alcohol content (BAC) above the state limit of .08 will be arrested for BUI and face other serious penalties, including fines, jail and loss of privileges to register and to operate boats.


Harmful Algal Blooms
Learn about NOAA forecasts that alert coastal managers to algal blooms before they cause serious damage. Short-term (once or twice weekly) forecasts identify which blooms are potentially harmful, where they are, how big they are, and where they're likely headed. For current HAB conditions that affect recreational activities in Ohio, click here. Bacteria and toxin levels for public beaches are monitored regularly and updated here to inform those headed for the water.

Aquatic Invasive Species Watch!
European Frog-Bit, an aquatic invasive plant, has recently been found along Ohio's north coast and is spreading rapidly. Watch the latest effort to mechanically eradicate the invasive plant from Old Woman Creek in Huron, Ohio. You can help prevent the spread of invasive species by remembering to always Clean, Drain, Dry your kayak, canoe or boat upon leaving any body of water.

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Ohio Water Trails
The Ohio Water Trails Program establishes a network of waterway trails to improve access, awareness and participation in paddle sports. A water trail is a recreational boating route along a waterway with strategically located access points similar to a hiking trail or bikeway. For more information and to locate a water trail near you, click here.

Ohio Scenic Rivers
Scenic rivers are classified according to the outstanding qualities a stream possesses. The Scenic Rivers Act provides three categories for river classification: wild, scenic and recreational. Criteria examined include the stream's length, adjacent forest cover, biological characteristics, water quality, present use and natural conditions.  Rivers and streams in the Ohio Scenic Rivers program are monitored regularly to ensure that the water habitat quality remains high. The Stream Quality Monitoring (SQM) program is coordinated by regional employees, but most of the monitoring is done by volunteers.  Interested in becoming a Scenic Rivers stream quality monitoring volunteer? Click here for more information!

Clean Boater Corner

The Ohio Clean Marinas staff had a great time at the Ohio State Fair educating the public about the ways they can help keep aquatic invasive species from spreading throughout Ohio.  


Our friends at Boat U.S. Foundation has a great website where you can view photos of some of our most common invasive species and three easy steps to prevent them from spreading:


  • INSPECT and REMOVE all visible mud, plants, fish/animals from your boat, trailer, clothing, dogs, fishing gear or other equipment and dispose of in a suitable trash container or on dry land.
  • CLEAN your boat and equipment. Rinse everything that has come in contact with the water before leaving the launch ramp. If possible use hot (140 °F) and/or high pressure water.
  • If you discover any rough patches on the hull or equipment, scrub them with a stiff brush.
  • Flush your motor according to owner's manual.
DRAIN all water from boat, hatches, bilge, live wells and any other locations with water on land before leaving the launch site. Remove the drain plug before towing to allow the boat to drain completely.

DRY your boat, trailer and all equipment completely. Drying times vary depending on the weather and humidity. At least five days is recommended before launch your boat into a different waterway, but check your local and state laws to confirm if longer drying times are necessary.


USGS Story Map on Asian Carps

The U.S. Geological Survey has put together an informative Story Map website with information on the four types of Asian Carps that were introduced in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s. The website covers research and monitoring that the USGS is doing to help control this invasive species.

Boaters, we need your photos!

Have a really cool picture of yourself, a friend or family member boating or paddling? Send it our way! We are always on the lookout for pictures to post on our Facebook page, newsletters, presentations and other publications. Do you have a picture of one of our Ohio Clean Marinas? Send it our way as well! We are putting together a calendar of Ohio Clean Marinas and would love to include visitor photos! 

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