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Division of Boating and Waterways, Boat California

PG&E and Division of Boating and Waterways Warn of Cold Water Hazards during Spring Snowmelt

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 | View PDF

SACRAMENTO, Calif. California’s Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) encourage water enthusiasts to take extra precautions this spring when in or near rivers. These relatively full waterways will continue to rise as snow melts and will be dangerously cold. Simple actions such as knowing the water (is it too cold or swift), knowing your limits, wearing a life jacket or simply not entering the water when conditions are deemed unsafe can save a life.

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Division of Boating and Waterways

State Urges Boaters to Focus on Safety in 2018: Life jacket wear and boater education top prevention tools (National Safe Boating Week May 19-25)

Monday, May 14, 2018 | View PDF

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) urges recreational boaters and water enthusiasts to take the necessary precautions this summer, starting with life jacket wear and boating education, to keep themselves and their loved ones safe. In the last five-year tracking period, three out of four California boaters involved in fatal accidents were not wearing a life jacket and very few had taken a boating safety course.

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Division of Boating and Waterways

Free Oil Spill Response Communication Seminars for Marinas and Yacht Club Operators

Monday, April 9, 2018 | View PDF

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California State Parks’ Division of Boating and Waterways invites marinas and yacht club operators to attend two free seminars, one in the Bay Area and one in the Delta, to learn about proper communication techniques when responding to an oil spill. These techniques will prepare them in the event of an actual incident. The seminars are set for May 8, 2018 in Vallejo and May 17, 2018 in McClellan.

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Division of Boating and Waterways

State Invites Water Enthusiasts to Attend Free Workshops on How to Prevent the Spread of Aquatic Invasive Species

Monday, March 5, 2018 | View PDF

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) in conjunction with partners invites the public to learn how to prevent the further spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in California’s waterways. Several workshops will be held in Northern California starting in early April to help the public learn about the effects AIS can have on the economy and the environment, how to recognize AIS in their region, and how to take action to prevent it from spreading. Workshops are free, but spaces are limited and pre-registration is required.

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Division of Boating and Waterways, California Boating and Waterways Commission

Boating and Waterways Begins Control Activities in the Delta for Aquatic Invasive Plants

Friday, March 2, 2018 | View PDF

The Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) announced today its plans for this year’s control efforts for aquatic invasive plants in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta). Starting March 5, DBW will be controlling water hyacinth, American spongeplant and Uruguay water primrose along waterways entering the Stockton Deep Water Channel via mechanical harvesting. The use of herbicides will start on Monday, March 12 for the following aquatic invasive plants: water hyacinth, Egeria densa, South American spongeplant, Uruguay water primrose, curly-leaf pondweed, Eurasian watermilfoil, fanwort and coontail. Treatment start dates may change depending on weather conditions and plant growth/movement.

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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

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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