Promoting RiverSmart behaviour among those who get out and enjoy our rivers
House-boating is about getting close to nature - be sure your enjoyment of it doesn't leave a lasting negative impact
You and your friends need to take care that camping and the other things you do while house-boating are also helping to protect our river assets
Holidaying on a house-boat is an increasingly popular recreational activity which allows you to get right up close and personal with our waterways and their wildlife.
As with all such activities however, house-boating can impact on the health of our rivers unless care is taken.
Some tips for how to reduce your river footprint from house-boating are provided below.
If your group is camping on the river bank, bushwalking, canoeing, water skiing/jet skiing or fishing as well, see the tips for how to reduce the impacts of these related activities through the following links: Camping - Bushwalking - Caneoing - Water skiing - Fishing
Some of the more important tips for how to be a RiverSmart houseboater:
When travelling through areas with eroded banks, reduce speed so your wake doesn't further accelerate bank slumping. Slumping dumps soils into the river smothering aquatic plants, reducing the habitat quality for wildlife and making the water dirty.
Try to avoid snags when pulling into the bank; these are important habitat for native fish in particular.
Where possible, select landing sites that are used regularly and avoid creating new ones.
And, avoid pulling up too close to sensitive wildlife breeding areas, such as waterbird rookeries.
Use detergents, soaps and cleaning products that are river-friendly - low in phosphorus, chlorine and solvents.
Take extreme care if refueling the house-boat, or your tinnie; petrol and rivers are natural enemies !! If a serious spill occurs report it to the relevant authorities ASAP.
Don't litter - take all your rubbish, including food scraps, with you. Don't throw empty bottles or cans overboard.
If you have smokers in your group, ask them not to throw butts into the river - these are pollution too.
Make sure any empty plastic carry bags don't blow into the river as you're chugging along the river, or when camping.
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