DEEP is excited to be getting back to our new normal consistent with the direction of Governor Lamont and as a result of the rapidly improving COVID-19 situation in Connecticut. Starting no later than June 1, all customer facing services will resume normal business operations. For detailed information for what this means at DEEP and for the public we serve, visit our "New Normal" website: DEEP New Normal Information

Cleaning Tips For Your Boat

The Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) encourages you to dry your equipment and boat for a minimum of one week during hot/dry weather and four weeks during cool/wet weather. If, however, you can't wait that long, below are some cleaning methods to help prevent the spread of invasive species.
  • Washing with hot, pressurized water.
  • Dipping equipment into 100% vinegar for 20 minutes prior rinsing.
  • "Wetting" with a bleach solution (1 oz per gallon) or soap and hot water (Lysol, boat soap, etc.) for ten minutes prior to rinsing.
  • Using 1% table salt solution for 24 hours, prior to rinsing. This table provides correct mixtures for the 1% salt solution in water:
Gallons of Water  Cups of Salt 
10  1 1/4 
50  6 1/4 
100  12 2/3 
  • If hot water is not available, spray equipment such as boats, motors, trailers, anchors, decoys, floats, nets, with high-pressure water.
Make sure to clean everything that came in contact with the water. Pieces of plants can hide on anchor lines, on the propeller and on your dog.