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SPRING 2018  


What's the Best Boat Name?

We think "Boaty McBoatface" takes the cake, but there are certainly some creative vessel names out there! BoatUS decoded the most popular boat names ordered through its online boat graphics and lettering service, and what the names reveal about the boat owner.  BoatUS Magazine editors also added a bonus, most humorous boat names of 2018. Find the entire article here!

Top 10 Boat Names of 2018

1. Grace  
2. Freedom 
3. Seas the Day 
4. Therapy 
5. Second Wind 
6. Serenity 
7. Perseverance 
8. Rum Runner 
9. Knot on Call 
10. Pura Vida

No matter what you call it, make sure you do your boat (and our waters!) justice by being a good boating steward!


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.  Click here to learn more about ESD and how you can prevent it from happening to you and your family.

Be a Sober Boater
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.  According to the ODNR Parks and Watercraft, alcohol is involved in one in every four fatal boating-related accidents. Take the Pledge here


Harmful Algal Blooms
Short-term (once or twice weekly) NOAA 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 vessel upon leaving any body of water.

Buckeye Boater
Sign up today to start receiving your quarterly newsletter on boating updates from the ODNR Division of Parks & Watercraft.

Getting Data from GLOS
Have you heard of the Great Lakes Observing System? Its a fantastic data portal for information on waves, wind, and weather that is very helpful for boating! 



Ohio Scenic Rivers
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Ohio’s State Wild, Scenic and Recreational Rivers Program and 50 years of river conservation success stories. To learn more about 50th anniversary programming, in your area and across the state click here. 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.  More than 30,000 people participate in Ohio Scenic Rivers programming annually, including hundreds of volunteers who assist with stream quality monitoring.  If you are interested in getting involved click here for more information and training dates!  

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.

Clean Boater Corner


Is your marina a Clean Marina?

Certified Clean Marinas in Ohio and other states with Clean Marina programs voluntarily review their management practices to reduce impacts to water quality and the coastal environment -  keeping your drinking water and recreational areas safe and clean!  To find Certified Clean Marinas across the Great Lakes, view the map here!

10 reasons to be proud you boat at a Certified Clean Marina:

1. Clean Marinas keep oil, fuel, sewage, anti-fouling paints, solvents, cleaning products, plastics, soil, and nutrients out of Great Lakes boating waters.

2. Maintaining high water quality keeps habitats healthy for humans, fish, and wildlife.

3. Clean water is safer and more desirable for swimming.

4. Reduced trash and contamination mean lower overall waste and potentially lower costs for boaters, marinas, and boatyards.

5. Clean Marinas and responsible boaters help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

6. Clean Marinas attract boaters who appreciate a cleaner environment and follow good boating practices.

7. Better marina design improves water circulation and reduces the need for dredging.

8. Clean Marinas enhance the positive image of coastal communities and contribute to regional economic prosperity.

9. Educated marina staff members adhere to environmentally sound best management practices.

10. Everybody wins when we keep Great Lakes waters clean!

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! 

Shrink Wrap Recycling

Looking to keep your boat shrink wrap out of landfills? Consider recycling or reusing it! Our 2018 list of shrink wrap recycling vendors may help, or Boat US has a great article on how to carefully remove shrink wrap so you can reuse it the next season!

Ohio Clean Boater Videos Now Available

The Ohio Clean Marinas Program continues to promote environmentally friendly habits to the recreational boating community. In 2017, the Program partnered with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to produce a series of YouTube videos on clean boating tips. The videos offer brief, educational content on Great Lakes boating best practices to improve air and water quality. You can find them at:

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