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11/05/2009

Carbon Monoxide Boating Safety Stressed During Awareness Week


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

November 05, 2009


SACRAMENTO– The Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) and the U.S. Coast Guard remind boaters to review safety procedures during Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week Nov. 9-15.

“Carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless and surprisingly a danger in open-air environments, such as boats,” said DBW Director Raynor Tsuneyoshi. “Regular maintenance, proper boat operation and safety awareness can reduce the risk of injury from this gas.”

Many boaters are aware that carbon monoxide is a danger in enclosed spaces when using on-board generators, heaters and stoves. But the gas can also accumulate in areas around and under a motorboat’s swim platform.

According to the World Health Organization, exposure to the gas at a level exceeding 87 parts per million (ppm) over a 15-minute interval is considered dangerous. Testing on late model ski boats has measured carbon monoxide levels ranging from 90-1,000 ppm. Boaters should avoid boat engine exhaust vent areas and not swim in these areas when the engine or generator is operating.

Additional ways to reduce the risk of carbon monoxide exposure in the boating environment:

  • If your boat has rear-vented generator exhaust, check with the boat manufacturer for possible recall or reroute the exhaust to a safe area.
  • Schedule regular engine and exhaust system maintenance inspections by experienced and trained technicians.
  • Keep forward-facing hatches open, even in inclement weather, to allow fresh air circulation in living spaces.
  • When possible, run the boat so that prevailing winds will help dissipate the exhaust.
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector in each accommodation space on your boat. Check detectors before each trip to be sure they are functioning properly.

Boaters are also reminded that “teak surfing” is dangerous and a violation of California law. This activity involves clinging to the swim platform or transom of an underway boat, then letting go and body surfing. Exposure to carbon monoxide from the boat’s engine can cause a teak surfer to faint and, if not wearing a life jacket, to drown.

The law prohibiting teak surfing went into effect Jan. 1, 2005 under the Anthony Farr and Stacey Beckett Boating Safety Act of 2004, which also requires that a set of carbon monoxide warning stickers be placed on the transom and helm of all new and used motorized boats sold in California. Decals are available through DBW.

Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless and mixes evenly with the air. It enters your bloodstream through the lungs and displaces the oxygen your body needs. Prolonged exposure to low concentrations or very short exposure to high concentrations can lead to death. In boating environments carbon monoxide poisoning is confused with seasickness, intoxication or heat stress. If someone on board complains of irritated eyes, headache, nausea, weakness or dizziness, immediately move the person to fresh air, investigate the cause and take corrective action. Seek medical attention, if necessary.

For a pamphlet about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning or to obtain a warning decal for boats, visit www.dbw.ca.gov.

 

DBW enhances public access to California’s waterways and promotes boating and aquatic safety through programs funded by vessel registration fees, boating fuel tax dollars and boating facility construction loan payments.



10/23/2009

Stockton Woman Wins “Wear It California!” Sweepstakes


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

October 23, 2009


SACRAMENTO – The Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) has selected Elizabeth Russell, from Stockton as the winner of the 2009 Wear It California! Sweepstakes. Russell will be awarded a $1,000 Bass Pro Shops Shopping Spree Saturday, Oct. 24 at 12:50 p.m. at the Manteca Bass Pro Shops location, 1456 Bass Pro Drive.

“Bass Pro Shops is excited to once again be a partner of the Wear It California! effort,” said Manteca Bass Pro Shops Store Manager Dan Dugger.  “We are supportive and congratulatory of the campaign and its many partners for their hard work and dedication toward safer boating.”

Participants entered the contest by filling out a pledge card or a survey at event locations, or by filling out an online survey. Russell’s survey was selected at random.

This is the second year that the Wear It California! campaign and Bass Pro Shops have joined together to educate and promote life jacket usage in the hopes of increasing wear rates among recreational boaters and water enthusiasts in the Delta.

The 2009 campaign ran from Memorial Day to Labor Day and consisted of ten marina events along the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and numerous educational events in the Northern California region. It was promoted by DBW, the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Safe Boating Council as part of a national effort designed to increase life jacket wear rates among recreational boaters by distributing adult inflatable life jackets to those who pledge to wear them.

Since the inception of the campaign, wear rates have been increasing each year, from six percent in 2007 to 13 percent in 2008. Preliminary results indicate a significant increase in 2009.

For more information on the Wear It California! campaign, please visit www.WearItCalifornia.com.



10/06/2009

$631,000 Boat Launch and Facility Improvement Grant Approved


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

October 6, 2009


SACRAMENTO – The California Boating and Waterways Commission today approved a $631,000 grant for improvements to the County of Shasta for the Balls Ferry Boat Launching Facility.

The project includes demolition of the existing deteriorated ramp, construction of a new single-lane boat launch ramp with vertical curve and a pre-cast vault restroom, installation of a new boarding float, resurfacing of the existing parking area, new sidewalks and lightning, a concrete project credit sign, and low-maintenance landscaping and ancillary items.

Grant and loan applications are submitted to the California Department of Boating and Waterways and funding for approved projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of vessel gasoline and the repayment of principal and interest on department-made loans.

The department provides grants to a county, city, district or other public agency for the construction of small craft boating launching facilities and loans to local agencies for the construction of small craft harbors. These grants and loans require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission.



09/30/2009

Boating and Waterways Commission to Consider $631,000 Grant for Boating Launching and Facility Improvement


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

September 30, 2009


SACRAMENTO - The California Boating and Waterways Commission will meet Oct. 6 in Sacramento to consider a $631,000 boat launching and facility improvement grant. The meeting is open to the public and will convene at 9:30 a.m. at the Courtyard Sacramento Cal Expo, 1782 Tribute Road.

The commission will consider approving the grant to the County of Shasta for improvements to the Balls Ferry Boat Launching Facility located on the Sacramento River. The proposed project includes demolition of the existing deteriorated ramp, construction of a new single-lane boat launch ramp with vertical curve and a pre-cast vault restroom, installation of a new boarding float, resurfacing of the existing parking area, new sidewalks and lightning, a concrete project credit sign, and low-maintenance landscaping and ancillary items. The estimated total project cost is $810,000. This total includes the current request of $631,000 and a previously approved Boating and Waterways grant totaling $179,000 awarded October 2007.

Grant and loan applications are submitted to the California Department of Boating and Waterways and funding for approved projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of vessel gasoline and the repayment of principal and interest on department-made loans.

The department provides grants to a county, city, district or other public agency for the construction of small craft boating launching facilities and loans to local agencies for the construction of small craft harbors. These grants and loans require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission.



09/29/2009

DBW Suggests Hiring a Licensed Broker Before Buying a Boat To Ensure Equitable, Legal Purchase


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

September 29, 2009


SACRAMENTO –The Department of Boating & Waterways (DBW) reminds consumers to seek out a licensed yacht broker before buying a used boat. Brokers will negotiate an equitable transaction on the consumer’s behalf, ensure that the transaction is in accordance with state, federal and local laws and make certain individuals are treated fairly.

Befor selecting a yacht broker, consumers are advised to verify the license of a broker with DBW. Although the department cannot refer consumers or provide recommendations, a directory of licensed yacht brokers may be found on the department’s Web site, listed below. Consumers may also contact the department directly to get a complaint history on specific brokers.

Consumers are also advised to order DBW’s free guide titled “How to Buy A Used Boat.”. This booklet guides individuals in determining the type of boat that best suits their needs and interests, explains the procedures that go into buying a boat, and displays the services that a licensed yacht and ship broker can provide.

Another service that DBW provides is the investigations on questionable sales transactions. These transactions can be reported to the department. Investigators may begin an investigation based on allegations and evidence. Anonymous complaints will not be accepted.

For more information about licensing yacht brokers, or to order the “How to Buy A Used Boat” booklet, please call DBW’s Yacht and Ship Unit at (888) 326-2822 or visit www.dbw.ca.gov. The consumer guide may be directly downloaded at www.dbw.ca.gov/pubs/usedboat/index.htm.



09/22/2009

Boaters Asked to Help Halt Spread of Asian Kelp


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

September 22, 2009


SACRAMENTO – Federal, state and local agencies are urging boaters, marina and yacht club operators, and the general public to help halt the spread of Asian Kelp. This aquatic invasive species, also known as Undaria pinnatifida, has been found in San Francisco Bay and Pillar Point Harbor (Half Moon Bay).

“As far as we can determine at this point, the infestations are small, but the populations include many large, reproductive adults, which appear to have already spawned,” said Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) scientist Chela Zabin. “If we take swift action, we may be able to prevent this from spreading further and avoid economic and ecological damages.”

Asian Kelp can grow on ship hulls, nets, fishing gear, moorings, ropes, docks and other marine structures. Although it can spread short distances on its own, invasions have been linked to boating traffic.

All boaters and anyone who accesses the San Francisco and Half Moon bays are being asked to take the following steps to halt the spread of the Asian Kelp:

  • Report any observations of this kelp to SERC.
  • Identify the exact location.
  • If possible, remove the kelp and send photographs to SERC to confirm identity.
  • Store the sample in a plastic bag in a cooler or refrigerator until its identity has been confirmed.
  • Avoid moving contaminated (infected) vessels or equipment.
  • Clean boats before moving or returning home. Specifically:
    • Clean boat hull, underwater running gear, and internal seawater systems before traveling beyond home region, especially if visiting major ports, international waters, islands or event with boats from many places.
    • Clean the boat again before moving to another region or returning home.
    • If boat is heavily fouled after such trips, haul it for cleaning upon arrival and contain the fouling growth.
    • Drain livewells, bait tanks and bilge water before traveling and before returning.
    • Do not throw the kelp back in the water.

Because of its prolific growth and large size, the Asian Kelp can quickly foul natural and man-made structures, causing economic and ecological damage. It also competes for light and space with native populations of marine algae, plants and animals, drastically affecting native ecosystems.

The California Department of Boating and Waterways, and scientists from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, the California State Lands Commission and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are working with SERC to carefully delineate the boundaries of the current populations while engaged in a manual removal effort and educate the public on this aquatic invasive plant.

This invader has been in Southern California since the year 2000. It has spread into the harbors of Channel Island, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Monterey, Oceanside, Pt. Hueneme, Santa Barbara and Santa Catalina, and into the bays of Mission and San Diego.

Additional information about how to prevent the spread of the Asian Kelp and other saltwater aquatic invasive species, or how to order educational material, or to volunteer for removal and survey efforts may be found on www.dbw.ca.gov or by contacting (415) 435-712, sercundaria@si.edu.



09/21/2009

DBW Releases Non-Motorized Boating Report
Fastest Growing Segment of the Recreational Boating Community


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

September 21, 2009


SACRAMENTO – Non-motorized boating has skyrocketed in California and is now the fastest growing segment of recreational boating in the state according to a report released today. Non-Motorized Boating in California, initiated by the Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) to help address the lack of information about the demographic, shows that non-motorized boating contributed $1.7 billion to California's economy in 2006.

“This report tells us that the popularity of non-motorized boating is on the upswing and that we can expect thousands of new boaters to enjoy the waterways in the coming years,” said DBW Director Raynor Tsuneyoshi.  ”Kayaking, canoeing and rafting are great ways to enjoy California’s beautiful waterways, and this report will serve as an important planning tool for meeting boaters’ needs.”

The report, the first in depth study of non-motorized boating in the United States, provides information on all aspects of non-motorized boating, including the numbers and types of boats and participants, and the economic importance to the state.  The report was conducted over a twelve month period during 2006 and 2007.  Key findings include:

  • An estimated 2.5 million Californians participate in non-motorized boating, generating more than 48 million non-motorized boater user days.
  • About 1.7 million rafts, canoes and inflatable boats are now being enjoyed on California’s waterways; this number is expected to continue to grow rapidly.
  • Kayaks are the most common type of boat, followed by inflatable boats.

Research included in the report suggests that non-motorized activity has grown in recent years because it is relatively inexpensive.  Growth can also be attributed to continued new participation among baby boomers as they near and enter retirement.

Prior studies have reviewed particular aspects of non-motorized boating, such as national boating participation rates or boating safety, but never a broad assessment at the national level or in any other state. 

The Non-Motorized Boating in California report provides a new and better understanding of the social and economic benefits of non-motorized boating, and contains important information that organizations can utilize to mold policy and fiscal issues and improve boater safety and education, waterways management and public access.  DBW’s full report is available at http://www.dbw.ca.gov/Reports/N-M_Boating.aspx.



09/03/2009

Last Opportunity to Receive an Inflatable Life Jacket this Summer


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

September 3, 2009


 

SACRAMENTO – The 2009 Wear It California! life jacket campaign will conclude at a Sept. 5 event at Tower Park Marina in Lodi. The campaign has distributed close to 700 inflatable life jackets to boaters on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta this summer.

At the event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., life jackets will be distributed along with boating safety materials. To be eligible to receive a life jacket, boaters must be over the age of 16 and present a signed pledge card to the Wear It California! crew at the event. The pledge card, which states that boaters promise to wear a life jacket while boating, can be downloaded from the campaign’s Web site, www.WearItCalifornia.com, or can be filled out the event. Life jacket supplies are limited.

Boaters are also invited to enter the campaign’s summer sweepstakes contest to win a $1,000 shopping spree courtesy of Bass Pro Shops. There are two ways boaters can win: visit www.WearItCalifornia.com and complete the online survey or meet up with the Wear It California! during the event and complete a pledge card. By providing contact information, names will be entered for the final drawing taking place in late September 2009.

The Wear It California! campaign, promoted by the U.S. Coast Guard and the California Department of Boating and Waterways, is part of a national effort designed to increase life jacket wear rates among recreational boaters and sport enthusiasts. For the past two years, the California campaign has been successful in promoting life jacket use in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Wear rates rose from six percent in 2006 to 13 percent in 2007, while remaining largely flat in other areas of the country. This measured success has motivated other states to adopt the program in their communities.

For more information about the Wear It California! campaign, please visit www.WearItCalifornia.com or call (916) 327-1832.



09/01/2009

Labor Day Weekend boaters can help protect California’s waterways from aquatic invasive mussels


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657
Steve Lyle (916) 654-0462
Roy Stearns (916) 654-2270
Pete Weisser (916) 653-3350
Dana Michaels (916) 322-2420

September 1, 2009


SACRAMENTO - The California interagency task force working to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive mussels urges boaters to be especially diligent this holiday weekend. Anyone who visits a lake or reservoir must clean, drain and dry their boats, personal watercraft or any other equipment that comes in contact with the water, both before they arrive and as they are leaving a waterway.

“Quagga and Zebra mussels are a serious threat to our aquatic environment and fisheries,” said Donald Koch, Director of the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFG). “It’s crucial that everyone who uses public waters takes the time to make sure they’re not transporting these mussels. It only takes a few mussels to contaminate an entire waterway and destroy fisheries.”

Quagga and Zebra mussels are non-native, fast-reproducing invasive species that can cause severe problems for boaters and water enthusiasts. They spread from one body of water to another by “hitchhiking” on boats and other equipment. Water in boat engines, bilges, live wells and buckets can carry tiny mussel larvae (called veligers) to other waterways, as well.

“Trailered boats are one avenue for the spread of Quagga mussels and many other aquatic invasive species,” said Raynor Tsuneyoshi, Director of the Department of Boating and Waterways. “About 85 percent of boaters trailer their boats, so it is very important to clean, drain and dry vessels.”

To help prevent the spread of mussels, boaters should inspect all exposed surfaces, wash boat hulls thoroughly, remove all plants from the boat and trailer, drain all water, including lower outboard units, clean and dry live-wells and bait buckets and dispose of baitfish in the trash. Watercraft should be kept dry for at least five days in warm weather and up to 30 days in cool weather between launches in different bodies of fresh water. These measures are critical to the state’s efforts to safeguard boats and preserve our fisheries.  

An excellent guide to cleaning vessels of invasive mussels is available on the Web at www.dbw.ca.gov/PDF/BoatingQuaggaGuide.pdf.

Travelers are also advised to contact their destination before leaving home, to learn what restrictions or inspection requirements are in place. Boaters entering the state should be prepared for inspections at California Department of Food and Agriculture Border Protection Stations. Inspections, which can also be conducted by DFG and the Department of Parks and Recreation, include not only a check of boats and personal watercraft, but also trailers and items that might be onboard. Contaminated vessels and equipment are subject to quarantine or impoundment.

Quagga mussels were first detected in the Colorado River system in January 2007 and were later found in San Diego and Riverside counties by state and local water agencies. They are now known to be in 21 California waters. Zebra mussels were discovered in San Justo Reservoir in San Benito County in January 2008.

Both mollusks can attach to and damage almost any submerged surface. They can:

  • ruin a boat engine by blocking the cooling system and causing it to overheat;
  • increase drag on the bottom of a boat, reducing speed and wasting fuel;
  • jam a boat’s steering equipment, putting occupants at risk;
  • require frequent scraping and repainting of boat hulls;
  • colonize all underwater substrates such as boat ramps, docks, lines and other underwater surfaces, requiring constant cleaning;
  • cost the owners of these items a great deal of money.

A toll-free hotline has been established for anyone involved in activities on lakes and rivers seeking information on the invasive and destructive Quagga or Zebra mussels at 1-866-440-9530.

For more information about Quagga/Zebra mussels, the state’s response activities and what you can do to help prevent their spread in California, please visit the DFG Web site at www.dfg.ca.gov/invasives/quaggamussel.



08/31/2009

San Francisco Bay Area Seminar to Educate Boaters About Aquatic Invasive Species


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

August 31, 2009


SACRAMENTO - Boaters are invited to learn about their role in combating aquatic invasive species at a seminar September 24 in Sausalito. The seminar will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Bay Model Visitor Center - 2100 Bridgeway. It is free and open to the public. Registration is required by September 21.

Aquatic invasive species like Quagga and Zebra mussels pose a serious threat to water delivery systems, hydroelectric facilities, agriculture, recreational boating and fishing and the ecosystem. The seminar will explain why it is important for boaters to learn how to inspect their watercraft and fishing gear to prevent the spread of these species into California waterways. Boats are the most common avenues for spreading Quagga mussels and other aquatic invasive species.

The seminar will be hosted by the California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) and the California Coastal Commission's Boating Clean and Green Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (UFWS), the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFG), University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE)-Sea Grant Extension Program, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) and the Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program.

Presenters include, DFG Environmental Scientist Catherine Mandella, USFWS Invasive Species Watershed Coordinator Ron Smith, UCCE Sea Grant Extension Program Marine Advisors Dr. Carolynn (Carrie) Culver and Leigh Taylor Johnson, SERC Ecologist Chela Zabin and Boating Clean and Green Coordinator, Vivian Matuk.

For questions about the seminar or to register, please contact Vivian Matuk at vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov or (415) 904-6905.



07/02/2009

Avoid a Boating Accident by Taking a Safety Course


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

July 2, 2009


SACRAMENTO - The Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) reminds boaters that safety courses can help prevent accidents on the water this summer. Department statistics show that in 2008, only 18 percent of operators involved in accidents had formal boating safety training.

"Unfortunately every year, many boaters get hurt or die," said DBW Director Raynor Tsuneyoshi. "Accidents can be avoided by taking a boating safety course to learn about state and federal boating laws, rules of the road, boat handling, required and recommended equipment, navigational aids and other safety tips."

Some key boating laws intended to make California's waterways safer include:

Life Jackets

  • Children under 13-years-old must wear a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) approved life jacket when on a moving vessel of 26 ft. or less.
  • Everyone on a personal watercraft (popularly known as a jet ski) and anyone being towed behind a boat must wear a USCG approved life jacket.
  • USCG-approved life jackets must be carried for each person on board and must be easy to get to in case of an emergency.

Operation

  • A person must be 16 years of age or older to operate a vessel powered by a motor of more than 15 horsepower.
  • A person 12 to 15 may operate any vessel powered by a motor of more than 15-horsepower, if he or she is supervised on board by someone at least 18 years of age.

Alcohol

  • It is against the law for anyone to operate a boat or motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or more.

Teak Surfing

  • Due to carbon monoxide poisoning, it is against the law to teak surf or drag behind a boat.

Water Skiing

  • When using a boat to tow a person on water skis, there must be in the boat, in addition to the operator, an observer of at least 12 years of age.
  • The observer will raise a flag to warn other boats about gear or skiers in the water. The flag must be orange or red and at least 12 inches square or rectangular.
  • Inflatable life jackets are not approved for use while water skiing.

DBW offers a complimentary correspondence boating safety course designed for home study that allows students to progress at their own pace. Those who pass the course with a score of 80 percent or better are awarded with certificates recognized by many insurance companies for boat insurance discounts.

To order a course or to find out more about California boating safety information and laws, please visit www.BoatSmarter.com.



06/26/2009

New Oil Absorbent Exchange Center Available for Long Beach Boaters



06/22/2009

ENFORCEMENT OF BOATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE LAWS TO BE STEPPED UP JUNE 27-28

"Operation Dry Water" Part of Nationwide Effort


Contacts:  DBW, Gloria Sandoval, (916) 715-1657, Gloria.Sandoval@parks.ca.gov
CBSOA, Cary Smith, (831) 247-7869, cbsoaguy@earthlink.net

June 22, 2009


SACRAMENTO - Recreational boaters may want to think twice before reaching for that cold beer this weekend. Marine law enforcement officers, as part of a national coordinated effort of stepped-up enforcement known as Operation Dry Water, will be out in force on California's waterways June 27-28 looking for boat operators whose Blood Alcohol Content exceeds the state limit of .08 percent. Operation Dry Water will include increased enforcement on patrol, boating under the influence checkpoints as well as boater education.

"In 2008, 49 percent of all boating fatalities were a result of alcohol use," said California Department of Boating and Waterways Director Raynor Tsuneyoshi. "We want people to be safe and have fun while boating, but without consuming alcohol."

Alcohol can impair a boater's judgment, balance, vision, and reaction time. It can increase fatigue and susceptibility to the effects of cold-water immersion. Sun, wind, noise, vibration, and motion - "stressors" common to the boating environment - intensify the side effects of alcohol, drugs, and some prescription medications.

"There will be zero tolerance for anyone found operating a boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs on our waters," said California Boating Safety Officers Association President Cary Smith. "There will be arrests this weekend, and some boaters will face the consequences of boating under the influence, but we'd much rather arrest someone than to have to tell their friends and family they're never coming back."

According to California State Law, a person convicted of operation of a vessel while intoxicated could receive up to a $1,000 fine, six months in jail or both.

Operation Dry Water is a joint program of California, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and the U.S. Coast Guard. Twenty-nine California law enforcement agencies will be participating in the program (see attachment).

To find out more about Operation Dry Water, please visit www.nasbla.org. For California boating safety information and laws, please visit www.dbw.ca.gov.

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DBW provides officer training and financial aid to local boating law enforcement agencies to provide for adequate boating law enforcement and to ensure that the enforcement of California boating laws is uniform throughout the State. Department programs are funded by vessel registration fees, boating fuel tax dollars and boating facility construction loan payments.

Note to media: Media Ride-alongs are available for the weekend of Operation Dry Water. Please refer to the attachment for individual law enforcement contact information.



06/11/2009

Boating Infrastructure Grants Available for Marina Operators


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

June 11, 2009


SACRAMENTO - Marina operators can now apply for national boating infrastructure (BIG) grants for transient boat dock improvements through the California Department of Boating and Waterways. The deadline to submit grant proposal applications is Monday, August 24, 2009.

BIG is a national competitive program open to both publicly- and privately-owned marinas with available funding totaling $13 million. Eligible projects include installation or upgrades of visitor tie-up facilities for recreational boats 26-feet-long or longer, and renovation or construction of visitor docks, restrooms gangways and dockside utility hookups.

Applicants should first review the federal guidelines, to determine if they meet the necessary requirements. Eligibility criteria and submission information can be obtained by visiting www.dbw.ca.gov/Funding/BIG.aspx or contacting Kevin Atkinson at (916) 327-1788.

 

The Department of Boating and Waterways enhances public access to California's waterways and promotes on-the-water safety through programs funded by vessel registration fees, boating fuel tax dollars and boating facility construction loan payments.



05/29/2009

Santa Barbara Seminar to Educate Boaters About Aquatic Invasive Species


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

May 29, 2009


SACRAMENTO - Boaters are invited to learn about their role in combating aquatic invasive species at a seminar June 16 in Santa Barbara. The seminar will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Chase Palm Park Center - 236 E. Cabrillo Blvd. It is free and open to the public. Registration is required by June 12.

Aquatic invasive species like Quagga and Zebra mussels pose a serious threat to water delivery systems, hydroelectric facilities, agriculture, recreational boating and fishing, and the ecosystem. The seminar will explain why it is important for boaters to learn how to inspect their watercraft and fishing gear to prevent the spread of these species into California's waterways. Boats are the most common avenues for spreading Quagga mussels and other aquatic invasive species.

The seminar will be hosted by the California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) and the California Coastal Commission's Boating Clean and Green Program, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (UFWS), the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFG), the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE)-Sea Grant Extension Program, the NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and the City of Santa Barbara.

Presenters include DFG Fish and Wildlife Interpreter Betsy Magladry, USFWS Invasive Species Watershed Coordinator Ron Smith, UCCE Sea Grant Extension Program Marine Advisors Dr. Carolynn (Carrie) Culver and Leigh Taylor Johnson, and Boating Clean and Green Coordinator Vivian Matuk.

For questions about the seminar or to register, please contact Vivian Matuk at vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov or (415) 904-6905.

 

The Boating Clean and Green Campaign is a state-wide program designed to reduce pollution from boating and marine business by educating boaters and marina operators about environmentally sound boating practices. http://www.dbw.ca.gov/Environmental/




05/19/2009

San Diego Seminar to Educate Boaters About Aquatic Invasive Species


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

May 19, 2009


SACRAMENTO - Boaters are invited to learn about their role in combating aquatic invasive species at a free seminar June 9 in San Diego. The seminar will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p .m. at the San Diego Yacht Club, Spinnaker Room 1011 - Anchorage Lane. It is free and open to the public. Registration is required by June 4.

Aquatic invasive species like Quagga and Zebra mussels pose a serious threat to water delivery systems, hydroelectric facilities, agriculture, recreational boating and fishing, and the ecosystem. The seminar will explain why it is important for boaters to learn how to inspect their watercraft and fishing gear to prevent the spread of these species into California's waterways. Boats are the most common avenues for spreading Quagga mussels and other aquatic invasive species.

The seminar will be hosted by the Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) and the California Coastal Commission's Boating Clean and Green Program, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (UFWS), the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFG), the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE)-Sea Grant Extension Program and the San Diego Yacht Club.

Presenters include, DFG Staff Services Analyst Dominique Norton, USFWS Invasive Species Watershed Coordinator Ron Smith, UCCE Sea Grant Extension Program Marine Advisors Dr. Carolynn (Carrie) Culver and Leigh Taylor Johnson, and Boating Clean and Green Coordinator Vivian Matuk.

For questions about the seminar or to register, please contact Vivian Matuk at vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov or (415) 904-6905.

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The Boating Clean and Green Campaign is a state-wide program designed to reduce pollution from boating and marine business by educating boaters and marina operators about environmentally sound boating practices. http://www.dbw.ca.gov/Environmental/





05/19/2009

Life Jacket Trade-In May 22
Visit Sam's Club Stores to Participate


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

May 19, 2009


SACRAMENTO -- The Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) announces the 10th Annual Life Jacket Trade-In, May 22 from 2-4 p.m. at 13 California Sam's Club stores. A complete list of participating stores is attached.

Community partners including the Sacramento Safe Kids Coalition, Radio Disney, CBS Radio, the Drowning Accident Rescue Team and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will come together at the events to help answer questions and provide information about boating and water safety. Experts will stress the importance of wearing a life jacket at all times when in or around the water.

Water enthusiasts are invited to bring their life jackets for inspection by water safety professionals. If a life jacket is found to be unserviceable, a new one of the appropriate size will be given in exchange. Life jackets will be available at each site while supplies last. (Only one new life jacket per family.)

This event is being conducted in connection with National Safe Boating Week (May 16-22) that aims to spread the message about life jacket wear and safe boating practices.

California boating law requires all children 11 years or younger to wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket. In addition, every person on board a personal watercraft (also known as jet skis) and any person being towed behind a vessel must wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. For more information, please visit www.BoatSmarter.com.

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DBW enhances public access to California's waterways and promotes boating and aquatic safety through programs funded by vessel registration fees, boating fuel tax dollars and boating facility construction loan payments.

Attachment: Participating Sam's Club stores.



05/19/2009

$5.746 Million in Loans for Boating Facilities Approved


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

May 19, 2009


SACRAMENTO - The California Boating and Waterways Commission (Commission) today approved $5.746 million in boating facility improvement loans. The loan recipients are:

Santa Barbara Harbor -- Santa Barbara County
The Commission approved a $4,781,000 loan to the City of Santa Barbara Waterfront Department to fund improvements for the Marina One replacement project at the Santa Barbara Harbor. The project will be completed through 10 phases over a period of 11 years, cost approximately $10,500,000 and will encompass the full replacement of the main head walk and fingers "A" - "P." The requested loan is intended to fund the first four phases.

Glen Cove Marina - Solano County
The Commission approved a $965,000 loan to Nima Gabbay, owner of Glen Cove Marina. Funds will be used to bring the marina's public restrooms up to ADA access standards, dredge the harbor and marina slips to provide access for boaters and tenants, and add to the landscaping of the marina for better public use and access to the Bay Trail.

Grant and loan applications are submitted to the California Department of Boating and Waterways and funding for approved projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of vessel gasoline and the repayment of principal and interest on department-made loans.

The department provides grants to a county, city, district or other public agency for the construction of small craft boating launching facilities and loans to local agencies for the construction of small craft harbors. These grants and loans require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission



05/18/2009

Agencies ask boaters to "clean, drain and dry" for holiday weekend -- Help to prevent spread of invasive mussels


Contacts:
Gloria Sandoval, Department of Boating and Waterways, Cell (916) 715-1657

Alexia Retallack, Department of Fish and Wildlife, 916-322-8944

Steve Lyle, Department of Food and Agriculture, 916-654-0462

Roy Stearns, Department of Parks and Recreation, 916-654-7538

May 18, 2009


 

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, California state departments are asking boaters to clean, drain and dry their boats to stop the spread of harmful invasive mussels. Properly cleaning and drying will also protect boats and help boaters avoid quarantines or being turned away from a water destination.

"Quagga and Zebra mussels pose a serious threat to our waters and fisheries," said Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFG) Director Donald Koch. "The spread of these mussels threatens aquatic ecosystems and fisheries, water delivery systems, hydroelectric facilities, agriculture, recreational boating and fishing, and the environment in general. Boaters should be prepared for inspections throughout the state designed to help ensure California's water bodies remain mussel-free." In addition to being sure to clean, drain and dry watercraft, the Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) urges boaters to plan for possible launch restrictions and inspections by calling water bodies before leaving home. Programs and requirements vary and can change rapidly.

"Anyone planning to go boating should contact their destination about local restrictions or requirements," said DBW Director Raynor T. Tsuneyoshi. "At some locations, potentially contaminated vessels - those not properly cleaned, drained and dried - could be turned away."

Quagga and Zebra mussels can cause severe problems for boaters and water enthusiasts. They can:

  • ruin the engine by blocking the cooling system - causing overheating
  • increase drag on the bottom of the boat, reducing speed and wasting fuel
  • jam steering equipment on boats
  • require scraping and repainting of boat bottoms
  • colonize all underwater substrates such as boat ramps, docks, lines and other underwater surfaces requiring constant cleaning

To help prevent the spread of these mussels, boaters should inspect all exposed surfaces, wash boat hulls thoroughly, remove all plants from boat and trailer, drain all water, including lower outboard units, clean and dry livewells and bait buckets and dispose of baitfish in the trash. Watercraft should be dried for at least five days and up to 30 days depending upon the weather between launches in different fresh bodies of water. These steps are designed to thwart spread of the invasive mussels, safeguard boats and preserve high quality fisheries.

"We are strongly encouraging boaters to arrive at State Park reservoirs with clean and dry vessels to ensure they are granted access, "said Ruth Coleman, director of California State Parks. "Boaters may have their vessels inspected and we hope that people understand and cooperate to stop the spread of this destructive invasive species." California law makes it illegal to possess or transport Quagga or Zebra mussels and gives DFG authority to stop, detain, search and quarantine boats suspected or determined to be contaminated with mussels. Additional agencies have been granted this authority including the Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and Parks.

"Vehicles with watercraft are being stopped at California border stations for inspection," said Food and Agriculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura. "In the last two years, we have inspected tens of thousands vessels crossing into California and have confirmed adult mussels on 323. Each of those finds meant we saved a California lake or reservoir from exposure to this invasive species." Zebra mussels inhabit water depths from four to 180 feet, while Quagga can reach depths more than 400 feet. Both mollusks can attach to and damage boat trailers, cooling systems, boat hulls and steering equipment. Mussels attached to watercraft or trailers can be transported and spread to other water bodies. Water in boat engines, bilges, live wells and buckets can carry mussel larvae (called veligers) to other water bodies as well.

Quagga mussels were first detected in the Colorado River system in January 2007 and were later found in San Diego and Riverside counties by state and local water agencies. Zebra mussels were discovered in San Justo Reservoir in San Benito County in January 2008.

A public toll-free number hotline has been established for boaters and anyone involved with activities on lakes and rivers seeking information on the invasive and destructive Quagga mussels at 1-866-440-9530.

For more information on the Quagga/Zebra mussel response and what you can do, please visit the DFG Web site at www.dfg.ca.gov/invasives/quaggamussel.



05/18/2009

Boating and Waterways Commission to Consider $5.746 Million In Loans for Boating Facilities May 19


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

May 18, 2009


 

SACRAMENTO - The California Boating and Waterways Commission (Commission) will meet May 19 to consider $5.746 million in boating facility improvement loans. The meeting is open to the public and will convene at 8:30 a.m. at the Sterling Hotel, 1300 H Street, in Sacramento. The proposed loan recipients are:

Santa Barbara Harbor -- Santa Barbara County

The Commission will consider a $4,781,000 loan to the City of Santa Barbara Waterfront Department to fund improvements for the Marina One replacement project at the Santa Barbara Harbor. The project will be completed through 10 phases over a period of 11 years and will encompass the full replacement of the main head walk and fingers "A" - "P." Approximate cost for the 10 phases is $10,500,000. The requested loan is intended to fund the first four phases. Between the years 1961 and 1985, the Commission consented to loans totaling $7,291,000 for improvements to Marina One.

Glen Cove Marina - Solano County

The Commission will consider a $965,000 loan to Nima Gabbay, owner of Glen Cove Marina. Funds will be used to bring the marina's public restrooms up to ADA access standards, dredge the harbor and marina slips to provide access for boaters and tenants, and add to the landscaping of the marina for better public use and access to the Bay Trail. The Commission previously consented to a $400,000 loan for improvements to the marina in 1989, which was paid in full upon the sale of the marina to the current owner. Grant and loan applications are submitted to the California Department of Boating and Waterways and funding for approved projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of vessel gasoline and the repayment of principal and interest on department-made loans.

The department provides grants to a county, city, district or other public agency for the construction of small craft boating launching facilities and loans to local agencies for the construction of small craft harbors. These grants and loans require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission.



05/13/2009

Life Jacket Wear Initiative Encourages Safe Boating in the Delta

Campaign Kick-Off Event May 16 in Sacramento


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

May 13, 2009


SACRAMENTO - The 2009 Wear It California! life jacket campaign kicks off May 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Discovery Park in Sacramento. The campaign, promoted by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and the California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW), will encourage Delta boaters to wear their life jackets and practice boating safety techniques.

"Life jackets are the number one proven way to save a life in the event of a boating accident," said USCG Office of Boating Safety Chief of Program Operations John Malatak. "The success of the Wear It California! campaign is directly linked to its effectiveness in inspiring boaters to develop good habits that include putting on their life jackets before heading out on the water and not just storing them in their boats."

Boaters are invited to partake in kickoff event activities, which include, pledging to wear a life jacket in order to receive a new and trendy inflatable one, trading-in an outgrown or unsafe child's life jacket for a new one, or receiving a free vessel safety check from the USCG Auxiliary. Other boating professionals will also be on site distributing promotional material and boating safety information to encourage boaters to hit the water this summer, but safely and responsibly. Life jacket supplies are limited. One per family.

The Wear It California! campaign is part of a national effort designed to increase life jacket wear rates among recreational boaters and sport enthusiasts. For the past two years, the California campaign has been successful in promoting life jacket use. Wear rates in the Delta rose from six percent in 2006 to 13 percent in 2007, while remaining largely flat in other areas of the country. This measured success has motivated other states to adopt the program in their communities.

The campaign will distribute over 700 inflatable life jackets at 10 different marina events along the Delta this summer. To be eligible, boaters must present a signed pledge card to the Wear It California! crew at one of the marina events. The pledge card, which states that boaters promise to wear a life jacket while boating, can be downloaded from the campaign's Web site or can be filled out at one of the marina events. A complete list of all participating marinas and events may be viewed on the campaign's Web site at www.WearItCalifornia.com.

The Delta region, a haven for hundreds of thousands of boaters each year, was chosen for the campaign not only because of its immense popularity, but also due to its fairly significant contribution to the state's overall boating statistics. Overall, the state's boating fatalities were down last year, but fatalities in the Delta were up from 4 in 2007 to 15 in 2008.

"The Delta is one of the state's "hot spots" in terms of water recreation," said DBW Director Raynor T. Tsuneyoshi. "This collaborative initiative represents an opportunity to ensure that boating on the Delta is a safe and enjoyable activity for all."

Key partners in the Wear it California! campaign include the National Safe Boating Council, Nautique, Bass Pro Shops, the Stockton Ports, West Marine, Radio Disney, Togo's, the USCG Auxiliary, and many marinas and law enforcement agencies throughout the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta area. Sacramento's KHTK radio personalities Sep Hendrickson of California Sportsmen, Kent Brown of Ultimate Bass and all time Western U.S. fishing tournament money winner Gary Dobyns have also signed on as campaign spokespersons and will be appearing at campaign events throughout the summer.

The joint effort will utilize a full range of marketing strategies and tools to promote key messages regarding the importance of wearing - and not just stowing - life jackets on board one's boat. Promotion activities will include radio advertising, events, signage at boat ramps and marinas, celebrity appearances, and a customized "Campaign Tour Boat" provided by Nautique and manned by trained staff that will cruise the Delta throughout the summer months, distributing life jackets and safety messages to recreational boaters.

During all of these promotions, boating safety advocates will emphasize the advantages of the modern styles of life jackets now available. Unlike the traditional orange horse collar of yesteryears, today's life jackets are technologically advanced, making them more convenient, less restrictive - and sometimes - even unnoticeable to the boater who is wearing one. An additional advantage to boaters is that life jackets are now custom-designed for their specific water activities, i.e. fishing, cruising, water-skiing, etc.

For more information about the Wear it California! campaign, visit www.WearItCalifornia.com or call (916) 651-5692.

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California Department of Boating and Waterways
DBW's mission is to provide safe and convenient public access to California's waterways and leadership in promoting the public's right to safe, enjoyable and environmentally sound recreational boating.



05/11/2009

Tri-Boating Safety Fair promoting "Go Boating Safely!"

Officials to emphasize the enjoyment of safe and responsible boating May 16


Public Information Officers:

Gloria Sandoval, CA Department of Boating and Waterways
Cell (916) 715-1657, Gloria.Sandoval@parks.ca.gov

Teresa Guillen, Arizona Game & Fish Department
(623) 236-7377 Office, mailto:TGuillen@azgfd.gov

Edwin Lyngar, Nevada Department of Wildlife
(775) 741-1004 Cell, elyngar@ndow.org

May 11, 2009


LAS VEGAS - "Go Boating Safely!" is the new theme for Colorado River's Annual Tri-State Boating Safety Fair. The event will take place May 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at London Bridge Beach Park, 1340 McCulloch Rd in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

Many beautiful lakes in Arizona, California and Nevada offer a variety of boating opportunities, but none of them are more popular than the 233-mile long and beautiful Colorado River. "The river feeds into several massive lakes and runs through three states, so we will be there to clarify both the fun boating opportunities and the safety challenges we see with a waterway this large and complex. We will also be distributing boating safety bags filled with promotional material and information on boating laws at 27 different boat launch ramps to make sure we reach the most boaters," said Raynor T. Tsuneyoshi, California's Boating Law Administrator.

This sixth annual fun-filled family affair will kick-off National Safe Boating Week (May 16-22) by state, local and federal boating agencies that want to encourage boaters to hit the water this summer, but safely and responsibly.

Organizers will be talking about challenges that boaters face while boating on the Colorado River and about general boating safety. Families will be given the opportunity to bring in one outgrown or unsafe life jacket to trade in for a brand new one from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (while supplies last).

"This year, the lakes are full to the brim and we want people to go out on the water and enjoy the experience, but we also want them to be safe and make good decisions," said Kevin Bergersen, Arizona's Boating Law Administrator. "Most of us know that life jackets and designating a sober captain saves lives, but expecting the unexpected and using good judgment are key factors in returning home safely. We want this event to provoke that kind of awareness and thinking." >

Boating officials will also be informing boaters about "clean, drain and dry," an effective procedure for combating and preventing the rapidly spreading nuisance of quagga mussels. This nasty invasive species continues to pose a serious threat to fun, safe and environmentally friendly boating. "Quagga mussels are a growing concern as they take over more of the Colorado River System," said Fred Messmann, Nevada's Boating Law Administrator. He said experts will be on hand to demonstrate cleaning techniques, explain the issue and provide clarification to boaters with questions.

The Tri-State Boating Safety Fair is free and the public is encouraged to stay the entire day to picnic, swim, fish and partake in the action. Visit www.BoatColoradoRiver.com for more information about the boating safety fair. Information on common boating laws and each state's requirements on the Colorado River can also be viewed on this Web site.

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Note to media: Before the event, call for story opportunities, press packets or fact sheets. On the day of the event, reporters should check in at the Media tent for media ride-alongs or to interview spokespersons. High resolution photos from prior years are available. More details are at www.BoatColoradoRiver.com.




04/28/2009

Dockwalker Training Offered for "Green" Boaters in Santa Barbara
Volunteers will Conduct Outreach on Clean Boating


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

April 28, 2009


 

SACRAMENTO - The Boating Clean & Green Program will train volunteers Saturday, May 16 to become "Dockwalkers," individuals who promote environmentally-sound boating throughout California's marina communities. The training will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Waterfront Department, 125 Harbor Way in Santa Barbara.

Dockwalkers will be trained to engage members of the public and the boating community in adopting clean boating practices. Once training is complete, these volunteers don their official "Dockwalker" hats and conduct face-to-face boater education while visiting marinas, boat launch ramps, boat shows and special events.

Training is free and Dockwalking is a fantastic way to interact with boaters to help keep California's marinas, waterways, and ocean, clean and healthy. The training provides an overview of environmentally-sound boating practices, information about how to conduct Dockwalking, educational materials that Dockwalkers will distribute including boater kits, a video about clean boating in California and baseball caps. In the last five years, more than 500 Dockwalkers have distributed over 80,000 boater kits statewide. Hours spent training or educating the public qualify as community service.

The Boating Clean & Green Program is an education and outreach program conducted through the California Department of Boating and Waterways and California Coastal Commission. The program promotes environmentally-sound boating practices to marine business and boaters. This training is conducted in partnership with the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation and the City of Santa Barbara.

For more information about the Dockwalker program, and to register for training, please visit www.dbw.ca.gov (Click on Clean and Green tab), or contact Vivian Matuk at (415) 904-6905 or vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov.



04/24/2009

Moss Landing Seminar to Educate Boaters About Aquatic Invasive Species


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

April 24, 2009


 

SACRAMENTO - Boaters are invited to learn about their role in combating aquatic invasive species at a seminar May 6 in Moss Landing.

The California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) and the California Coastal Commission's Boating Clean and Green Program, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFG), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Moss Landing Harbor District will host the event.

Aquatic invasive species like Quagga and Zebra mussels pose a serious threat to water delivery systems, hydroelectric facilities, agriculture, recreational boating and fishing, and the ecosystem. It is important for boaters to learn how to inspect their watercraft and fishing gear to prevent the spread of these species into California's waterways. Boaters are the primary transporters of these invasive species into uninfected waterways.

Presenters include DBW Aquatic Weed Control Program Manager Marcia Carlock, DFG Environmental Scientist Mark Watson; USFWS Invasive Species Watershed Coordinator Ron Smith, UCCE Sea Grant Extension Program Marine Advisors Dr. Carolynn (Carrie) Culver and Leigh Taylor Johnson, and the Boating Clean and Green Coordinator, Vivian Matuk.

The seminar begins at 8:45 a.m. at the Moss Landing Harbor District - 7881 Sandholdt Road in Moss Landing. It is free and open to the public; registration is required by May 1.

For questions on the seminar or to register, please contact Vivian Matuk at vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov or (415) 904-6905.



04/09/2009

California Receives $1.25 million in National Boating Infrastructure Grants


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

April 9, 2009


SACRAMENTO - The Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) today announced that California will receive $1.25 million in funding from the National Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program. Proposals from the cities of Redondo Beach and Avalon were among the 14 winning proposals for the BIG grant program, made available through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

"California is very fortunate to obtain these federal funds for needed transient boating facilities. The new facilities funded by the BIG program will help the economies of Redondo Beach and Avalon and will allow visiting boaters to recreate and enjoy their facilities," said DBW Director Raynor Tsuneyoshi. "California's boating population is predicted to increase two percent per year over the next 20 years and funds like these are needed for boating infrastructure to keep up with that pace."

Redondo Beach will receive $250,000 to add 50 transient mooring facilities at King Harbor. The city will match that fund to complete the project. The City of Avalon will receive $1 million in funding to provide a new fuel pier facility and expand the existing transient dingy dock by 50 feet to serve transient boaters at their harbor. More than $1.1 million will be provided by the city to match the BIG grant.

BIG is a competitive program open to both publicly- and privately-owned marinas with funding totaling more than $12.5 million. Eligible projects include installation or upgrades of visitor tie-up facilities for recreational boats 26-feet-long or longer, and renovation or construction of visitor docks, restrooms, gangways and dockside utility hookups.

DBW enhances public access to the waterways and promotes on-the-water safety through programs funded by vessel registration fees, boating fuel tax dollars and boating facility construction loan payments.



04/07/2009

Davis Seminar to Educate Boaters About Aquatic Invasive Species


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

April 7, 2009


SACRAMENTO - Boaters are invited to learn about their role in combating aquatic invasive species at a seminar April 30 in Davis.

The California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW), the California Coastal Commission's Boating Clean and Green Program, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFG) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will host the event.

Aquatic invasive species like Quagga and Zebra mussels pose a serious threat to water delivery systems, hydroelectric facilities, agriculture, recreational boating and fishing, and the ecosystem. It is important for boaters to learn how to inspect their watercraft and fishing gear to prevent the spread of these species into California's waterways. Boaters are the primary transporters of these invasive species into uninfected waterways.

Presenters include DBW Scientist Geoff Newman, DFG Environmental Scientist Catherine Mandella; USFWS Invasive Species Biologists Louanne McMartin, Jonathan Thompson and Julie Wolford, and the Boating Clean and Green Coordinator, Vivian Matuk.

The seminar will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at DFG's Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters - 45211 County Rd 32B (Chiles Rd) in Davis. It is free and open to the public. Registration is required by April 27.

For questions on the seminar or to register, please contact Vivian Matuk at vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov or (415) 904-6905.



03/13/2009

Dockwalker Training Offered for "Green" Boaters
Volunteers will Conduct Outreach on Clean Boating


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

March 13, 2009


 

SACRAMENTO - The Boating Clean & Green Program will host "Dockwalker" trainings in April for individuals who want to promote environmentally-sound boating throughout California's marina communities.

Dockwalkers will be trained to engage members of the public and the boating community in adopting clean boating practices. Once training is complete, these volunteers don their official "Dockwalker" hats and conduct face-to-face boater education while visiting marinas, boat launch ramps, boat shows and special events.

Training is free and dockwalking is a fantastic way to interact with boaters to help keep California's marinas, waterways, and ocean clean and healthy. The training provides an overview of safe boating practices, information about how to conduct dockwalking, educational materials that Dockwalkers will distribute including boater kits, a video about clean boating in California and baseball caps. In the last five years, more than 500 Dockwalkers have distributed over 80,000 boater kits statewide. Hours spent training or educating the public qualify as community service.

For more information about the Dockwalker program and to register for training please visit www.dbw.ca.gov (click on Clean and Green tab), or contact Vivian Matuk at (415) 904-6905 or vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov.

The "Dockwalker" trainings will be held at the following times and locations:

April 4, 2009 - Marina Del Rey
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club
13589 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Partners: Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation, Association for Santa Monica Bay Yacht Club, Women's Sailing Association, Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club and the Fairwind Yacht Club.

April 11, 2009 - San Rafael
10 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.
Loch Lomond Yacht Club
95 Loch Lomond Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901

Partners: U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Loch Lomond Yacht Club and Marina.

April 16, 2009 - Sacramento
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sacramento Marina, Captain's Lounge
2710 Ramp Way, Sacramento, CA 95818

Partners: Keep the Delta Clean Program, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Sacramento Marina.

April 25, 2009 - Eureka
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center
921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka, CA 95501

Partners: Humboldt Baykeeper, Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.



02/27/2009

$768,000 in Grants and Loans for Boating Facilities Approved


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

February 27, 2009


SACRAMENTO - The California Boating and Waterways Commission (Commission) today approved $768,000 in boating facility improvement grants and loans.

Sunbeam Lake Boating Launching Facility, City of Seeley -- Imperial County
The Commission approved a $130,000 grant to Imperial County to identify the appropriate scope, estimated project construction costs and complete plans and specifications for the Sunbeam Lake Boat Launching Facility.

Tahoe Vista Boat Launching Facility, Lake Tahoe - Placer County
The Commission approved a $300,000 grant to the North Tahoe Public Utility District for engineering, permitting and planning of 24 pull-through vehicle and trailer parking spaces to support the boat launch completed in 2006 at the Tahoe Vista Boat Launching Facility.

Martinez Marina, City of Martinez - Contra Costa County
The Commission approved a loan in the amount of $338,000 to the City of Martinez for breakwater repair of the Martinez Marina Waterside Improvement Project.

Grant and loan applications are submitted to the California Department of Boating and Waterways and funding for approved projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of vessel gasoline and the repayment of principal and interest on department-made loans.

The department provides grants to a county, city, district or other public agency for the construction of small craft boating launching facilities and loans to local agencies for the construction of small craft harbors. These grants and loans require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission.



02/25/2009

Dockwalker Training Offered for "Green" Boaters In Newport Beach
Volunteers will Conduct Outreach on Clean Boating


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

February 25, 2009


SAN FRANCISCO - The Boating Clean & Green Program will train volunteers Thursday, March 19 to become "Dockwalkers," individuals who promote environmentally-sound boating throughout California's marina communities. The training will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. at the Newport Beach Council Chambers, 3300 Newport Blvd in Newport Beach.

Dockwalkers will be trained to engage members of the public and the boating community in adopting clean boating practices. Once training is complete, these volunteers don their official "Dockwalker" hats and conduct face-to-face boater education while visiting marinas, boat launch ramps, boat shows and special events.

Training is free and Dockwalking is a fantastic way to interact with boaters to help keep California's marinas, waterways, and ocean, clean and healthy. The training provides an overview of environmentally-sound boating practices, information about how to conduct Dockwalking, educational materials that Dockwalkers will distribute including boater kits, a video about clean boating in California and baseball caps. In the last five years, more than 500 Dockwalkers have distributed over 80,000 boater kits statewide. Hours spent training or educating the public qualify as community service.

The Boating Clean & Green Program is an education and outreach program conducted through the California Department of Boating and Waterways and the California Coastal Commission. The program promotes environmentally-sound boating practices to marine business and boaters. This training is conducted in partnership with the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation, the City of Newport Beach, Project-Green Works and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

For more information about the Dockwalker program, and to register for training, please visit www.dbw.ca.gov (Click on Clean and Green Tab), or contact Vivian Matuk at (415) 904-6905 or vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov.



02/25/2009

Dockwalker Training Offered for "Green" Boaters In Vallejo
Volunteers will Conduct Outreach on Clean Boating


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

February 25, 2009


SAN FRANCISCO - The Boating Clean & Green Program will train volunteers Thursday, March 19 to become "Dockwalkers," individuals who promote environmentally-sound boating throughout California's marina communities. The training will take place from 7 to 8:40 p.m. at the Vallejo Yacht Club.

Dockwalkers will be trained to engage members of the public and the boating community in adopting clean boating practices. Once training is complete, these volunteers don their official "Dockwalker" hats and conduct face-to-face boater education while visiting marinas, boat launch ramps, boat shows and special events.

Training is free and Dockwalking is a fantastic way to interact with boaters to help keep California's marinas, waterways, and ocean, clean and healthy. The training provides an overview of environmentally-sound boating practices, information about how to conduct Dockwalking, educational materials that Dockwalkers will distribute including boater kits, a video about clean boating in California and baseball caps. In the last five years, more than 500 Dockwalkers have distributed over 80,000 boater kits statewide. Hours spent training or educating the public qualify as community service.

The Boating Clean & Green Program is an education and outreach program conducted through the California Department of Boating and Waterways and the California Coastal Commission. The program promotes environmentally-sound boating practices to marine business and boaters. This training is conducted in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

For more information about the Dockwalker program, and to register for training, please visit www.dbw.ca.gov (Click on Clean and Green Tab), or contact Vivian Matuk at (415) 904-6905 or vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov.



02/24/2009

Boating and Waterways Commission to Consider $768,000 In Funding for Boating Facilities February 27


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

February 24, 2009


 

SACRAMENTO - The California Boating and Waterways Commission (Commission) will meet February 27 to consider $768,000 in boating facility improvement grants and loans. The meeting is open to the public and will convene at 8:30 a.m. at the Sterling Hotel, 1300 H Street, in Sacramento. The proposed grant and loan recipients are:

Sunbeam Lake Boating Launching Facility, City of Seeley -- Imperial County
The Commission will consider a $130,000 grant to Imperial County to identify the appropriate scope, estimated project construction costs and complete plans and specifications for the Sunbeam Lake Boat Launching Facility.

Tahoe Vista Boat Launching Facility, Lake Tahoe - Placer County
The Commission will consider a $300,000 grant to the North Tahoe Public Utility District for engineering, permitting and planning of 24 pull-through vehicle and trailer parking spaces to support the boat launch completed in 2006 at the Tahoe Vista Boat Launching Facility.

Martinez Marina, City of Martinez - Contra Costa County
The Commission will consider a loan in the amount of $338,000 to the City of Martinez for breakwater repair of the Martinez Marina Waterside Improvement Project.

Grant and loan applications are submitted to the California Department of Boating and Waterways and funding for approved projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of vessel gasoline and the repayment of principal and interest on department-made loans.

The department provides grants to a county, city, district or other public agency for the construction of small craft boating launching facilities and loans to local agencies for the construction of small craft harbors. These grants and loans require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission



01/09/2009

Riverside Seminar to Educate Boaters About Aquatic Invasive Species


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

January 09, 2009


 

SACRAMENTO - Boaters are invited to learn about their role in combating aquatic invasive species at a seminar Feb. 5 in Riverside.

The California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) and the California Coastal Commission's Boating Clean and Green Program, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFG), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) - Sea Grant Extension Program will host the event.

Aquatic invasive species like Quagga and Zebra mussels pose a serious threat to water delivery systems, hydroelectric facilities, agriculture, recreational boating and fishing, and the ecosystem. It is important for boaters to learn how to inspect their watercraft and fishing gear to prevent the spread of these species into California's waterways. Boaters are the primary transporters of these invasive species into uninfected waterways.

Presenters include DFG Environmental Scientists Dan Schrimsher and Catherine Mandella, USFWS Invasive Species Watershed Coordinator Ron Smith, UCCE Sea Grant Extension Program Marine Advisors Dr. Carolynn (Carrie) Culver and Leigh Taylor Johnson, and the Boating Clean and Green Coordinator, Vivian Matuk.

The seminar begins at 8:45 a.m. at the UC Riverside Highlander Hall (Building A Room 200), 1150 University Avenue in Riverside. It is free and open to the public. Registration is required by Jan. 29.

For questions on the seminar or to register, please contact Vivian Matuk at vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov or (415) 904-6905.



01/09/2009

Marina Del ReySeminar to Educate Boaters About Aquatic Invasive Species


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

January 09, 2009


 

SACRAMENTO - Boaters are invited to learn about their role in combating aquatic invasive species at a seminar Feb. 3 in Marina Del Rey.

The California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) and the California Coastal Commission's Boating Clean and Green Program, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFG), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) - Sea Grant Extension Program, the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation, the Santa Monica Windjammers and the Fairwind Yacht Clubs will host the event.

Aquatic invasive species like Quagga and Zebra mussels pose a serious threat to water delivery systems, hydroelectric facilities, agriculture, recreational boating and fishing, and the ecosystem. It is important for boaters to learn how to inspect their watercraft and fishing gear to prevent the spread of these species into California's waterways. Boaters are the primary transporters of these invasive species into uninfected waterways.

Presenters include DFG Environmental Scientists Dan Schrimsher and Catherine Mandella; USFWS Invasive Species Watershed Coordinator Ron Smith; UCCE Sea Grant Extension Program Marine Advisors Dr. Carolynn (Carrie) Culver and Leigh Taylor Johnson, and the Boating Clean and Green Coordinator, Vivian Matuk.

The seminar begins at 8:45 a.m. at the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club (Main Room), 13589 Mindanao Way in Marina Del Rey. It is free and open to the public; registration is required by Jan. 27.

For questions on the seminar or to register, please contact Vivian Matuk at vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov or (415) 904-6905.