Big Bear Lake, CA, April 23, 2012, noon – Earth Day this past weekend serves as a reminder to Big Bear’s recreational boating community to continue protecting the state’s waterways and marine environment from invasive species and pollution. According to the California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW), California has more than four million motorized and non-motorized recreational boaters. The negative impact that this can have on the marine environment and boating facilities can be significant. The good news is, a number of services are available for boaters to minimize their impact on the environment. The DBW offers a Boat Cleaning Guide Book that has general guidelines and a basic checklist for inspecting and cleaning boats and recreational equipment. Sewage Pumpout Stations are provided for the proper disposal of raw sewage, and shore-side facilities are available for the proper disposal of trash, and recycling of old fishing line. There are several options available so you can properly dispose of an unwanted vessel, and information is available to help you avoid having an oil spill, or how to report one. For more detailed information on the services available visit

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