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Chapter 2 X Boating Law, Navigational Rules and Navigational Aids



If your boat is 26 feet or longer, it must display a 5-inch by 8-inch oily waste placard near the bilge pump control station. The placard must list the federal requirements.


Federal and state law makes it illegal to discharge oil or oily waste into or upon navigable waters, and into zones next to the navigable waters, if the discharge causes a film or sheen upon, or discolors, the surface of the water, or causes a sludge or emulsion beneath the surface of the water. Violators are subject to substantial penalties. Recreational boaters must report ALL spills of oil and chemicals immediately to the National Response Center (800) 424-8802, California Office of Emergency Services (800) OILS911, and to the marina office. Recreational boaters should report any spill they witness to the numbers above. TAKE NOTE

Oil and Oily Waste It is against the Federal Pollution Control Act to pump or discharge any kind of oil into navigable waters. Even a small amount of oil accidentally spilled can quickly spread over a large area. You are responsible for cleanup costs and for correcting any environmental damage caused by your fuel spill, under the California Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act of 1990. Oil or oily waste may not purposely be drained into the bilge of a boat. All oily waste and other liquid pollutants must be kept in a container until properly disposed. One pint of oil can create a slick covering about one acre. Wind, tides, temperature and the type of oil all affect how wide the slick spreads. Packaging Material It is illegal to discharge packaging material (called dunnage) in inland waters and waters within 25 miles of shore. Packaging material includes cardboard, Styrofoam, paper, plastic or any similar material.


California Course for Safe Boating

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