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10 Low Impact Lake Recreation The ecological impacts of human activity on the water include wake effects wildlife disturbance noise and pollution. Here are a few tips to reduce the impacts of your actions while you enjoy the benefits of living by water. Clean Marine It is important to prevent avoidable pollution such as oil and gas spills and chemical contamination from entering our lakes. It is vital that boat operators take precautions and use the appropriate facilities when refilling tanks or discharging used water. Remember to use absorbent pads to soak up oil fuel or anti-freeze spills before discharging your bilge water. One litre of spilled gasoline can contaminate thousands of litres of water. Oily water from a messy bilge leaves a choking rainbow-hued slick. Garbage thrown overboard may take tens to hundreds of years to decompose. Clean Boating Many animals respond to human disruptions by altering their behaviour and location. Breeding water birds nest at the waters edge where high wakes can drown nests and destroy eggs. Disturbances such as noise and frequent visits to nesting areas may mean that waterfowl abandon their nests or young chicks. Operate your boat below 10kmh whenever you are within 30 meters of the shore its the law Obey posted speed limits and No Wake zones and know your boats wake- free speed. Remember that operating your boat on plane creates a smaller wake than when plowing through the water at lower speeds Always avoid waterfowl nests and other sensitive wildlife habitat. Always follow safe refueling guidelines to avoid polluting water. Only use non-lead fishing tackle. Following these tips will help ensure that your recreational activities arent negatively impacting your human and wildlife neighbours Get tips from FOCA at httpfoca.on.casafe-boating