Community of Change: Boatsetter’s Waterway Clean Up

Written by Mariah Hoefle
March 11, 2019

Get Out & Clean Up

As we get closer to the official start of spring, we look to celebrate a few holidays that honor our planet and oceans. With World Wildlife Day celebrated on March 3, World Water Day on March 22 and Earth Day falling on April 22, the Boatsetter team decided to take action!

To join in the fight of protecting and saving our waterways, Boatsetter is getting involved with Broward County’s Waterway Cleanup initiative. Organized by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, this program looks to utilize thousands of local boaters and volunteers to pick up trash and debris from our oceans, rivers, and canals. This program, focused on stopping the pollution of our waterways, was first established in the late 1970s and has continued to grow—with more than 1,200 volunteers on over 100 boats at 31 different locations removing more than 32 tons of trash during the volunteer day on 2018.

The Boatsetter team was proud to be involved in this year’s program on March 2, 2019, as our team took out one of our local boats to pick up trash in polluted areas in and around Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Interested in Volunteering?

If you’re interested in giving back to your local community and helping our marine ecosystem, the Waterway Cleanup is a great environmental event to get involved in. Volunteers are able to participate in 38 different locations in the Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood areas. To register, you can fill out this form and find a site to volunteer. It is not required that you have a boat to participate; however, if you would like to use your own boat or rent a boat from Boatsetter for the event, that is also possible.

In order to volunteer, you much be at least 14 years of age to be on site without an adult, who must be at least 18 years old.

Event organizers highly recommend wearing the following attire during your volunteer experience:

  • Gloves (provided, but you may bring your own)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Clothes you don’t mind getting wet and dirty—an official WWCU t-shirt will be provided, and volunteers are highly encouraged to where them during their cleanup

Be sure to bring along your signed Waterway Cleanup waiver on the day-of. Following the cleanup, all participants are invited to the “Trash Bash” after-party.

Other Ways to Help Keep Our Waterways Clean

Outside of the annual Waterway Cleanup event, there are a number of different things you can do as a boater to help keep our oceans clean. First, remember to always keep all your trash inside the boat and never let it fall into the water—once you’re back on land, you can dispose of it properly. Additionally, when anchoring, be sure to be conscious of nearby coral reefs, seagrass and fish beds. Back on land, try to take advantage of reusable containers and do your part in recycling items from your household.

To learn more about playing a role in helping our local marine environment, be sure to read our experience guide on Eco-Friendly and “Green” Boating Trends.

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