At Easy Step Boat Trailers, we know it can be overwhelming to hear about all the issues in today’s lakes. Pollution, invasive species, algae blooms…the list goes on and on.
In Tyler, Texas, where Easy Step is located, our lakes are a precious local resource, as are all Texas lakes. Whether you’re a recreational boater enjoying a boat trip or whether you’re out for a fishing trip, clean water is essential. Freshwater fishing and bass fishing especially require an unpolluted environment.
The good news is, as a boat owner, there are many easy ways you can make a positive difference in a lake’s ecosystem and the environment as a whole. Here are some tips to help keep our lakes pristine and boating enjoyable:
Invasive species in inland lakes are a problem country-wide. Species such as the Zebra Mussel and giant Salvinia plant are becoming real concerns in Texas lakes. Most of these non-native species came into the lakes as hitchhikers on boats. When moving a boat from one lake to another, there are ways you can help ensure you don’t transport unwanted passengers.
Invasive species can be transported in your boat’s live-well, via the motor, bait, trailers, and boat hulls. At Easy Step, we make our boat trailer steps not just for boating safety and accessibility, but they also make cleaning your boat easier.
A few ways to protect lake ecosystems and stop the spread of invasive species:
The majority of cleaning products on the market are toxic! However, there are alternatives to these products that are much safer for you and the environment:
Responsible Boat Maintenance
Many substances associated with boat maintenance are toxic, including the paint. Waiting until your boat is on land to work on upkeep projects can help keep pollutants out of local waterways.
Nothing can ruin a relaxing day on the lake, like seeing trash piled on the shores or floating past. Trash that blows or is thrown out of boats is a significant portion of the mess on a lake’s shoreline. This trash is not just an eyesore, but also has a serious effect on the environment. Birds, fish, turtles, and other animals can die from ingesting plastic. You can make a significant positive difference in a lake’s ecosystem by keeping track of your trash and making sure it’s properly disposed of. Keep a trash can or bags handy in your boat at all times.
Whether you like boating for recreation or fishing, a healthy lake ecosystem is necessary. Today, because of human impact, our lakes and waterways are becoming more polluted. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Many people feel like there’s nothing they can do to make a difference, which is simply untrue. Everything you do, big and little, can make a positive impact on the lake’s ecosystem. From picking up your trash to using non-toxic cleaning supplies to properly washing your boat and being aware of invasive species, your efforts make a difference.
Easy Step knows what a precious resource our lakes are, and we hope these tips help you have a positive impact on our lakes – whether in Tyler, East Texas, throughout the state, or any of our nation’s beautiful lakes.