How Recreational Boaters Can Participate

The process of fueling, cleaning, and maintaining boats may generate pollutants that can negatively impact aquatic environments. Like marina managers, recreational boaters play a vital role in protecting Indiana’s inland and coastal waterways. IDEM invites recreational boaters to support the Indiana Clean Marina Program and pledge to be stewards of Indiana’s waters. By actively using best management practices, boaters can prevent or reduce the amount of pollution entering our lakes and rivers and even stop the spread of aquatic invasive species.

The Benefits of Participating

Boaters who participate will:

  • Be authorized to prominently display the Indiana Clean Boater sticker on their watercraft.
  • Be recognized as environmental stewards.
  • Show that they are exemplary leaders.
  • Keep our waters free of litter.
  • Help protect sensitive shallow water habitat areas.
  • Improve water quality and aquatic habitat.
  • Help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

How to Become an Indiana Clean Boater

To become an Indiana Clean Boater, recreational boaters should:

  1. Read, complete, and submit the Indiana Clean Boater Pledge.
  2. Read the clean boater tip sheets in the Indiana Clean Marina Guidebook.
  3. Use the recommended best management practices (BMPs) to protect our aquatic resources.
  4. Ensure all passengers aboard their watercraft follow the BMPs.
  5. Lead by example, encouraging other boaters to be stewards of Indiana’s waters.

Resources for Boaters

Many additional resources for boaters -- such as marina locations, fishing information, weather forecasts, and boating laws and responsibilities -- are available. For further assistance, contact IDEM.