Become a Dockwalker, Help Keep California’s Waterways Clean

California Department of Boating and Waterways

STATE OF CALIFORNIA

DEPARTMENT OF BOATING AND WATERWAYS

2000 Evergreen Street, Suite 100, Sacramento, California  95815

http://www.dbw.ca.gov

SACRAMENTO–The California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) and the California Coastal Commission’s Boating Clean and Green Program invite boaters to become Dockwalkers. 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.

“It is important for boaters to not only boat safely, but to also implement environmentally sound boating practices,” stated DBW’s Acting Director Lucia Becerra. “Safety and protecting the environment go hand in hand.”

The Dockwalker Program educates boaters to be safe and environmentally sound while boating in California through its volunteer Dockwalkers. The volunteers are trained to conduct face-to-face boater education and distribute boater kits with educational materials while visiting marinas, boat launch ramps, boat shows and events.  Hours spent training or educating the public qualify as community service.

Marinas also benefit from the Dockwalker Program. Involvement in this program provides marinas with the educational materials and tools to operate a clean boating facility and minimize water quality impacts.

Attached you will find the 2011 Dockwalker Training Schedule. The training schedule, as well as other clean and green information, may be found at www.dbw.ca.gov (click on Clean & Green tab). The program coordinator, Vivian Matuk, may also be contacted at vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov or (415) 904-6905.

Partnerships with the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation, the Keep the Delta Clean Program, and many more organizations have made this program successful. Since the year 2000, more than 600 volunteers have become Dockwalkers and more than 90,000 boater kits have been distributed throughout California.

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