Water Friendly Boating

Be a Better Boater

It is illegal to discharge gas, oil, or other hazardous substances into waterways. Fuels and lubricants are harmful to water quality and aquatic life. Prevent spills and immediately report accidental discharges. (See emergency contacts lists inside back cover.)

  • Use extra care when fueling. Avoid drips and overfilling.
  • Use only approved containers with spouts for storage and transfer.
  • Install a fuel/air separator at the fuel tank vent to prevent back up.
  • Check frequently, and immediately repair any seepage or leaks.
  • Clean the bilge with absorbent pads, not cleaners that disperse oil.
  • Keep motors well tuned, and mufflers in good repair. Check and, if needed, tighten all connections regularly.

It is illegal to dump trash or to discharge marine toilet waste into South Carolina waterways. Store any trash in a wind-proof container until it can be discarded in a proper receptacle on shore. Practice "Plus One Boating"; bring back more litter than you take to any waterway

America's Waterway Watch

America's Waterway Watch (AWW), a combined effort of the Coast Guard and its Reserve and Auxiliary components, continues to grow, enlisting the active participation of those who live, work or play around America's waterfront areas. Coast Guard Reserve personnel concentrate on connecting with businesses and government agencies, while Auxiliarists focus on building AWW awareness among the recreational boating public If you are a tow boat operator, a recreational boater, a fisherman, a marina operator, or otherwise live, work or engage in recreational activities around America's waterways, the United States Coast Guard wants your help in keeping these areas safe and secure. You can do this by participating in its America's Waterway Watch (AWW) program, a nationwide initiative similar to the well known and successful Neighborhood Watch program that asks community members to report suspicious activities to local law enforcement agencies. To find out how you can become involved, visit the America's Waterway Watch website at