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Division of Boating and Waterways

Help Keep California’s Waterways Healthy and Clean by Becoming a Dockwalker

Friday, February 9, 2018 | View PDF

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) invites the public to become volunteers in California’s Dockwalker Program. Dockwalkers help raise awareness about important boating practices related to oil, fuel, sewage, trash, and marine debris through the distribution of educational material (boater kits) at marinas, boat launch ramps and boating events. The free trainings are set to begin later this month, February 24. Pre-registration is required. Participation in the program, including the training sessions qualify as community service.

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Division of Boating and Waterways

State Announces Availability of $4.25M in Funding for Local Public Agencies to Help Keep California’s Waterways Safe and Clean

Monday, February 5, 2018 | View PDF

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is now accepting grant applications for the disposal of abandoned and unwanted vessels and law enforcement safety equipment. A total of $4.25M in funding from the Abandoned Watercraft Abatement Fund (AWAF) and Boating Safety/Enforcement Equipment (BSEE) grant programs is available to local public agencies statewide. Applications will be accepted from February 1, 2018 through April 30, 2018

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Division of Boating and Waterways

Division of Boating and Waterways Now Accepting Grant Applications for Shoreline Erosion Control and Public Beach Restoration Programs

Friday, December 22, 2017 | View PDF

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is accepting grant applications for shoreline erosion control projects and public beach restoration projects. The deadline to submit applications for funding in fiscal year 2019/20 is Thursday, February 1, 2018.

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Division of Boating and Waterways Now Accepting California Boater Card Applications

Friday, December 1, 2017 | View PDF

Sacramento, Calif. – California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is now accepting applications for the California Boater Card. The card verifies that its holder has successfully taken and passed an approved boater safety education course. Once issued, the California Boater Card remains valid for an operator’s lifetime. 

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Division of Boating and Waterways, Boat California

California Law Enforcement Steps Up Efforts to Reduce Buzzed Boating

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 | View PDF

More than 30 marine law enforcement entities across California will be out in force June 30 - July 2, looking for drunken/impaired recreational boaters. This three-day increased enforcement, known as Operation Dry Water, is a boating under the influence awareness and enforcement campaign carried out throughout the United States around Fourth of July, a holiday unfortunately known for drinking and boating, and deadly accidents. 

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Division of Boating and Waterways, Boat California

Managing Boat Sewage the Environmental Way: There is an App for that!

Thursday, June 8, 2017 | View PDF

California’s recreational boaters in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Southern California now have a new digital tool to aid in the proper disposal of boat sewage. The “Pumpout Nav” app is designed to help boaters locate the closest sewage pumpout station for their vessels. Using the mobile device’s location, the app displays the pumpout stations closest to the boater, their operational status, as well as the cost, hours and location within the marina. The new app is free and available for download from both the Android Play and iOS Apple stores.

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Division of Boating and Waterways, Boat California, Safety Tips

DBW Provides Survival Guide for the 2017 Summer Season

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | View PDF

The Division of Boating and Waterways urges recreational boaters and water enthusiasts to take the necessary precautions this summer, starting with life jacket wear, to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. This summer season begins with some of the highest water levels and coldest water not seen or felt in many years. Swift and cold water can create treacherous conditions for everyone, including experienced swimmers. 

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