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12/12/2008

SACRAMENTO—The California Boating and Waterways Commission today approved a $100,000 grant for improvements to the Brite Valley Aquatic Recreation Area Boat Launching Facility.

The project includes demolition of the existing eroded boat ramp that will be replaced by a new, single lane, V-groove boat launching ramp with a vertical curve and paved road at the top of the ramp.  The  facility is located on Brite Valley Lake in Kern County and maintained and operated by the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District.

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.



12/10/2008

Boating and Waterways Commission to Consider $100,000 for Boating Launching and Facility Improvement Grant December 12

SACRAMENTO -- The California Boating and Waterways Commission will meet December 12 in San Diego to consider a $100,000 boat launching and facility improvement grant.

The meeting is open to the public and will convene at 8:30 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel & Marina, 333 West Harbor Drive, in San Diego. The proposed grant recipient is:

Brite Valley Boat Launching Facility, Brite Valley Lake - Kern County
The Commission will consider a $100,000 grant to the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District for improvements to the Brite Valley Aquatic Recreation Area Boat Launching Facility. The proposed project includes demolition of the existing eroded boat ramp which will be replaced by a new, single lane, V-groove boat launching ramp with a vertical curb and paved road at the top of the ramp.

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.



10/24/2008

$782,000 in Grants for Boating Launching and Facility Improvements Approved

SACRAMENTO--The California Boating and Waterways Commission has approved $782,000 in boating launching and facility improvement grants.

The grants awarded by the Commission Oct. 24 will go toward the construction of three northern California boat launching facilities. The grant recipients are:

Miller Park Boat Launching Facility, Tomales Bay - Marin County
The Commission approved a $403,000 grant to the Marin County Department of Parks and Open Space for improvements to the Miller Park Boat Launching Facility. The project includes construction of a new restroom, fish cleaning station and a retaining wall adjacent to the restroom. This facility serves boats bound for Tomales Bay and the Pacific Ocean.

Black Point Boat Launching Facility, Petaluma River - Marin County
The Commission approved a $279,000 grant to the Marin County Department of Parks and Open Space for improvements to the Black Point Boat Launching Facility. The project includes construction of the project's secondary components: a restroom, fish cleaning station and a vehicle turn-around. The proximity to both fresh and salt water, make this recreation facility a favorite among boaters and anglers in the north bay area.

El Dorado Beach Boat Launching Facility, Lake Tahoe -- City of South Lake Tahoe
The Commission approved a $100,000 grant to the City of South Lake Tahoe for improvements to the El Dorado Beach Boat Launching Facility. The project includes reconstruction of the existing bathroom, placement of safety lightning and associated pedestrian paths from the existing parking lot to the proposed restroom. The facility is adjacent to El Dorado Beach, a lake access recreation area that presents the first look at Lake Tahoe for people traveling eastbound on Highway 50.

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.

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10/20/2008

Boating and Waterways Commission to Consider $782,000 for Boating Launching and Facility Improvement Grants October 24

SACRAMENTO--The California Boating and Waterways Commission will meet October 24 in Walnut Creek to consider $782,000 in boat launching and facility improvement grants.

The meeting is open to the public and will convene at 8:30 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel, 2355 North Main Street, in Walnut Creek.  Other topics of discussion will include the Department of Boating and Waterway’s Boating Clean and Green program. The proposed grant recipients are:

Miller Park Boat Launching Facility, Tomales Bay – Marin County
The Commission will consider a $403,000 grant to Marin County Department of Parks and Open Space (Marin County) for improvements to the Miller Park Boat Launching Facility.  The proposed project includes construction of a new restroom, fish cleaning station and a retaining wall adjacent to the restroom.  The Boating and Waterways Commission has consented to grants totaling $1.23 million to Marin County for improvements to this facility.

Black Point Boat Launching Facility, Petaluma River – Marin County
The Commission will consider a $279,000 grant to Marin County Department of Parks and Open Space (Marin County) for improvements to the Black Point Boat Launching Facility.  The proposed project includes construction of the secondary components of the project: a restroom, fish cleaning station and a vehicle turn-around.  The Boating and Waterways Commission has consented to grants totaling $782,000 to Marin County for improvements to this facility.

El Dorado Beach Boat Launching Facility, Lake Tahoe  --  City of South Lake Tahoe
The Commission will consider a $100,000 grant to the City of South Lake Tahoe (City) for improvements to El Dorado Beach Boat Launching Facility.  The proposed project will be used for reconstruction of the existing bathroom, placement of safety lightning and associated pedestrian paths from the existing parking lot to the proposed restroom.  The Boating and Waterways Commission has consented grants totaling $1.1 million for improvements to this facility.

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. 

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08/30/2008

Redding Seminar to Educate Boaters About Aquatic Invasive Species

SACRAMENTO— Boaters are invited to learn about their role in combating aquatic invasive species at a seminar Oct. 28 in the City of Redding.

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), U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the National Park Service 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 Invasive Species Biologist Catherine Mandella, USFWS Invasive Species Watershed Coordinator Louanne McMartin and the Boating Clean and Green Coordinator, Vivian Matuk.

The seminar begins at 8:45 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 Yuba Street, in Redding.  It is free and open to the public; registration is required by Oct. 17.

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



08/30/2008

Eureka Seminar to Educate Boaters About Aquatic Invasive Species

SACRAMENTO— Boaters are invited to learn about their role in combating aquatic invasive species at a seminar Oct. 30 in the City of Eureka.

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, City of Eureka, Humboldt Baykeeper, and the Humboldt Bay Harbor Recreation and Conservation 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 Invasive Species Biologist Catherine Mandella, USFWS Invasive Species Watershed Coordinator Louanne McMartin, UCCE Sea Grant Extension Program Marine Advisor Leigh Taylor Johnson and the Boating Clean and Green Coordinator, Vivian Matuk.

The seminar begins at 8:45 a.m. at the City of Eureka Marina Wharfinger Bay Room, #1 Marina Way.  It is free and open to the public; registration is required by Oct. 20.

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



08/27/2008

Boaters Urged to Operate Safely Over Labor Day Weekend

SACRAMENTO— The Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) urges boaters to operate safely and wear their life jackets this upcoming Labor Day Weekend. As of August DBW has been notified of 29 boating-related fatalities throughout the state.

"Most fatalities occur during the busy summer holiday periods of Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day weekends,” said DBW Director Raynor T. Tsuneyoshi. "When waterways get crowded, the chances for collisions increase, so it is important that boaters maintain a proper lookout, abstain from alcohol, and wear life jackets."

Operator inattention is the leading cause of boating accidents, contributing to 44 percent of all California boating accidents in 2007, according to DBW’s 2007 California Boating Safety Report. When boaters are recreating, they may neglect to watch out for other boats. While the operator is ultimately responsible for maintaining a proper lookout, it is a good idea to designate someone else on board to help watch for other traffic, especially on a large boat or in congested areas.

Last year, 45 percent of all boating fatalities reported in California were alcohol-related. DBW continues to remind boaters that a designated driver is not enough on vessels.  Drunken boat passengers can easily fall overboard, swim near the propeller or cause loading problems by leaning over the side or standing up in small vessels, causing vessels to capsize.  Anyone who drinks alcohol on board is at risk.

In 2007, 39 of the 55 victims who died in state boating accidents were not wearing life jackets.  All boaters, including anglers, are urged to always wear life jackets.  New life jackets, including fishing vests that double as life jackets, are compact, lightweight, and more comfortable than the bulky, orange life jackets that most people are used to. 

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

For more information on California boating statistics or safety, visit www.dbw.ca.gov.

“If it’s your boat, it’s your responsibility.”



08/26/2008

AGENCIES ASK BOATERS TO "CLEAN, DRAIN AND DRY" FOR HOLIDAY WEEKEND - HELP TO PREVENT SPREAD OF INVASIVE MUSSELS

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 boats will also help them 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 water delivery systems, hydroelectric facilities, agriculture, recreational boating and fishing, and the environment in general. Boaters should be prepared for inspections throughout the state that will 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 otherunderwater 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 baitfish in the trash. Watercraft should be dried for at least five days 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 Roy Stearns, spokesman for California State Parks (Parks). “Boaters should be prepared to have their boats 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 many of the California border stations for inspection,” said Food and Agriculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura. “From January 2007 to July 2008, we have inspected more than 140,000 vessels crossing into California. While more than 13,000 needed cleaning, we have confirmed adult mussels on nearly 170. Each of those finds meant we saved a California lake or reservoir from exposure to the mussels.”

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 multi-agency taskforce that includes DFG, the Department of Water Resources, DBW, CDFA, Parks and multiple federal partners is currently working to determine the extent of the Quagga and Zebra mussel threat and to educate watercraft users. As part of the public education effort, the state continues to facilitate Quagga/Zebra inspection and decontamination trainings with more than 400 individuals in San Diego, Redding, Fresno, Stockton, Monterey, Los Alamitos, Ontario, Lake County, Sacramento and Yountville.

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, please visit the DFG Web site at www.dfg.ca.gov/invasives/quaggamussel.

To learn what boaters can do to stem the spread of the invasive Quagga mussel, please download http://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentVersionID=5507 (PDF).



08/21/2008

Boating Infrastructure Grants Available for Marina Operators

SACRAMENTO – Marina operators can now apply for a national boating infrastructure grant (BIG) for transient boat dock improvements through the Department of Boating and Waterways. The deadline to submit grant proposal applications is Wednesday, October 15, 2008.

BIG is a national competitive program open to both publicly- and privately-owned marinas with 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.



07/22/2008

DBW Releases 2007 Boating Safety Report

SACRAMENTO— According to the “2007 California Boating Safety Report,” 39 of the 55 victims who died in state boating accidents were not wearing life jackets. The Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) report provides data about boating accidents, injuries and deaths reported in 2007.

“Life jacket use is critical to safe boating,” said DBW Director Raynor Tsuneyoshi.  “All boaters, including anglers, are urged to always wear life jackets and to refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages while on board a vessel. Information from the 2007 report will help us better target our education efforts to stress these messages.” 

Of the fatalities outlined in the report, 19 were fishing-related and 20 involved alcohol. Thirty-nine victims drowned.

In 2007, 804 boating accidents occurred in California, ranking it first among all states, followed by Florida, which had 668. Florida is the only state with more boating fatalities, 77, and more registered recreational vessels, 1,027,043. There are 964,881 registered recreational vessels in California.

The statistics in the Boating Safety Report reflect every reported boating accident in California in 2007. Although DBW believes that all accidents involving fatalities were reported, many non-fatal accidents are never reported to DBW or law enforcement agencies due to noncompliance with, or ignorance of, the reporting law.  

State law requires boaters involved in accidents to file a written report with DBW when a person dies, disappears or requires medical attention beyond first aid. A report is also required when an accident results in damage to a vessel or other property exceeding $500 or there is a complete loss of a vessel.  Boaters can find a printable California Boating Accident Report form at www.dbw.ca.gov/PDF/AccidentForms/BAR.pdf.

DBW will use information from the report to strengthen its on-the-water safety and education programs such as the Wear It California! life jacket initiative and the “Responsibility” campaign that reminds water users: “If it’s your boat, it’s your responsibility.”

To view the “2007 California Boating Safety Report” in its entirety, visit www.dbw.ca.gov.



06/13/2008

$6.372 Million in Grants and Loans for Boating Facilities Approved

SACRAMENTO—The California Boating and Waterways Commission has approved $6.372 million in boating facility improvement grants and loans. 

The grants and loans awarded by the commission yesterday will go toward two Northern California boat launching facilities and one San Francisco Bay Area small craft harbor improvement project. The grant and loan recipients are:

Colusa Boat Launching Facility, Sacramento River  -- City of Colusa
The commission approved a $340,000 grant to fund a study that will determine the feasibility of moving forward with the construction of a new Colusa boat launching facility. The City of Colusa will use this grant  to identify the appropriate scope and estimated cost for the potential project.  The preliminary cost estimate for the entire project, which is not being considered at this time, is $2.4 million.

Knights Landing Boat Launching Facility, Sacramento River — Yolo County
The commission approved a $732,000 grant for improvements to the Knights Landing boat launching facility.  The proposed project includes widening the existing ramp to accommodate boarding floats; installing two new boarding floats; adding slope protection, electrical, lightning and a potable water system; and constructing sidewalks, a turnaround and restroom,  and a project and directional sign.

San Francisco Marina— San Francisco City/County
The commission approved a $5.3 million loan to fund improvements to the San Francisco Marina’s West Harbor.  The commission also approved the transfer of  $500,000 in loan funds already approved in fiscal year 2006/2007 for the East Harbor to the West Harbor project.  The proposed improvement project consists of demolition of existing berths and construction of reconfigured berths in the West Harbor; upgrading of electrical and water dock utilities; installation of new barrier-free access gangways with security gates; construction of a new breakwater; replacement of revetment; mole removal; dredging; and improvement of buildings.  The Boating and Waterways Commission has consented to loans totaling $17 million to the City/County for the San Francisco Marina West Harbor project.  The total loan amount from the department to San Francisco Marina will be $25,650,000 and the total project cost will be $25,850,000.

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 may provide grants to a county, city, district or other public agency for the construction and development of small craft boat 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.



06/13/2008

Port of San Francisco Boat Launch Facility To Open Improvements Made Possible By DBW Grant

SACRAMENTO--A new two-lane boat launching ramp at the Port of San Francisco’s Pier 52 will open to the public June 14 at 11 a.m.  The ramp was constructed with $2,026,000 in funding from the Department of Boating and Waterway’s local assistance grant program, and funding from the Port of San Francisco and the Coastal Conservancy.

A grand opening event will be held at the facility to announce the improvements totaling $3.5 million. Boating and Waterways Director Raynor Tsuneyoshi will speak at the event along with San Francisco elected officials.  

The design of the boat ramp added extra complexity for the engineers and contractors as it was constructed on pile columns. The columns  will  support the weight of heavy vehicles and boats on top of the soft soils and fill material found in the bay.  The ramp also features a gangway and dock that is accessible for those with disabilities.

Improvements to the facility included:

  • A 40-vehicle/trailer parking area
  • Barrier-free access boarding float and gangway system
  • Shoreline protection
  • Improvements/enhancements to public access along the shoreline with a retaining wall, paving, utilities, railing and lighting

Grant and loan applications are submitted to the 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.



06/04/2008

Boating and Waterways Commission to Consider $6.372 Million for Boating Facilities June 12

SACRAMENTO--The California Boating and Waterways Commission will meet June 12 in Petaluma to consider $6.372 million in boating facility improvement grants and loans.

The meeting is open to the public and will convene at 8:30 a.m. at the Sheraton Hotel , 745 Baywood Drive, in Petaluma.  Other topics of discussion will include the Department of Boating and Waterway’s boating safety, accidents and aquatic weed control programs. The proposed grant and loan recipients are:

Colusa Boat Launching Facility, Sacramento River  -- City of Colusa
The commission will consider a $340,000 grant to fund a study which will determine the feasibility of moving forward with the construction of a new Colusa boat launching facility and identify the appropriate scope and estimated cost for such a potential future project.  The preliminary cost estimate for the entire project, which is not being considered at this time, is $2.4 million.

Knights Landing Boat Launching Facility, Sacramento River — Yolo County
The commission will consider a $732,000 grant to Yolo County for improvements to the Knights Landing boat launching facility.  The proposed project includes widening the existing ramp to accommodate boarding floats; installing two new boarding floats; adding slope protection, electrical, lightning and a potable water system; and constructing sidewalks, a turnaround and restroom,  and a project and directional sign. 

San Francisco Marina— San Francisco City/County
The commission will consider two proposals.  The first is to approve a loan in the amount of $5.3 million to fund improvements to the San Francisco Marina West Harbor.  The second is to transfer $500,000 in loan funds already approved for the East Harbor project to the West Harbor project.  The proposed project consists of demolition of existing berths and construction of reconfigured berths in the West Harbor; upgrading of electrical and water dock utilities; installation of new barrier-free access gangways with security gates; construction of a new breakwater; replacement of revetment; mole removal; dredging; and improvement of buildings.  The Boating and Waterways Commission has consented to loans totaling $11.2 million to the City/County for the San Francisco Marina West Harbor 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. 


05/22/2008

California Reminds Boaters & Water Users: Don't Move A Mussel

As California’s water recreation season begins, a state multi-agency taskforce reminds boaters to do their part to help thwart invasive Quagga and Zebra mussels.

“Invasive mussels pose a serious threat to our water systems and recreational facilities,” said California Secretary for Resources Mike Chrisman.  “Over the Memorial Day holiday and throughout this boating season we ask for the assistance of water users to prevent the spread of Quagga and Zebra mussels in California.”

The taskforce – comprised of California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Water Resources, Department of Parks and Recreation and Department of Boating and Waterways – urges boaters to take action to protect the state’s many water bodies from Quagga and Zebra mussel infestation.

Invasive aquatic mussels are primarily transported by watercrafts and boaters should follow these steps to inhibit their spread:

  • Inspect all exposed surfaces - small mussels feel like sandpaper to the touch.
  • Wash the hull of each watercraft thoroughly, preferably with high-pressure hot water.
  • Remove all plants and animal material.
  • Drain all water and dry all areas.
  • Drain and dry the lower outboard unit.
  • Clean and dry all live-wells.
  • Empty and dry any buckets.
  • Properly dispose of all bait.
  • Wait five days and keep watercraft dry between launches into different fresh waters.

These steps are designed to thwart spread of the invasive mussels, safeguard boats and preserve high-quality fisheries.

Quagga mussels were first detected in the Great Lakes in 1989, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to water delivery systems.  They 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.

Both species of mussel are non-native aquatic mollusks that wreak havoc on the environment by disrupting the natural food chain and releasing toxins that affect other aquatic species. Although they range in size from microscopic to the size of a fingernail, they are prolific and attach themselves to hard and soft surfaces.

In addition to devastating the natural environment, Quagga and Zebra mussels pose a dramatic economic threat to California. The mussels can colonize on hulls, engines and steering components of boats, other recreational equipment, and can damage boat motors and restrict cooling. The invasive species also attach to aquatic plants, and submerged sediment and surfaces such as piers, pilings, water intakes, and fish screens. In doing this, water intake structures can be clogged, hampering the flow of water. The mussels frequently settle in massive colonies that can block water intake and threaten municipal water supply, agricultural irrigation and power plant operations.

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.

The taskforce is currently working to determine the extent of the Quagga and Zebra mussel threat and to educate watercraft users and water managers about what they can do to help. As part of the public education effort, the state has facilitated nearly a dozen Quagga/Zebra inspection and decontamination trainings for more than 350 individuals in San Diego, Redding, Fresno, Stockton, Monterey, Los Alamitos, Ontario, Lake County, Sacramento and Yountville.

To date, the taskforce has distributed more than 1.75 million information cards and 1.2 million letters to registered boaters and other water users around the state about the Quagga and Zebra mussel danger.
A public toll-free hotline – 1-866-440-9530 – has also been established for information about destructive Quagga and Zebra mussels. The toll-free number is available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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



05/22/2008

MEMORIAL DAY SAFETY REMINDER
Boaters are reminded to wear life jackets at all times

SACRAMENTO - Over Memorial Day weekend, the California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) reminds boaters to stay safe on the water by wearing life jackets. According to DBW statistics, 21 percent of boating accidents, 24 percent of all boating injuries and 15 percent of all boating fatalities took place during Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day periods in 2007.

"Last year, a total of 87 percent of all boating fatalities could have been prevented if the victim had been wearing a life jacket," says Raynor Tsuneyoshi, Director of DBW. "A common misconception is to assume that you don't need to wear one because you can swim. We urge all boaters to put on a life jacket before boarding a boat."

Because accidents happen without warning, it is important to wear life jackets at all times. Newly styled life jackets, including fishing vests that double as life jackets, are compact, lightweight and more comfortable than the orange "horse collar" of old. There is no excuse not to wear a life jacket.

Boaters should make sure that their vessels are legally equipped with U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets for all passengers, and carry other required safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, sound signals and navigation lights. Other safety reminders include maintaining a proper lookout and watching boat speed.

Additionally, all boat passengers are strongly urged to skip the alcohol when boating; designating a sober skipper cannot guarantee safety for everyone on board.

For more information on boating safety, visit DBW's Web site www.dbw.ca.gov.



05/21/2008

DBW: Gloria Sandoval, (916) 651-5692, cell (916) 715-1657 (Spanish)
Phaedra Bota, (916) 263-8188, cell (916) 719-6701
USCGAUX:        Ed Sweeney, (916) 285-5747, cell (916) 710-5455

May 21, 2008

Children's Life Jacket Trade-in May 23 Visit Sam's Club Stores to Participate


SACRAMENTO—DBW, in partnership with the Sacramento Safe Kids Coalition, announces the Ninth Annual Life Jacket Trade-In to take place May 23 from 2-4 p.m. The event will be hosted by 13 California Sam’s Club stores; a complete list of participating stores is attached.

Community Partners including Radio Disney, CBS Radio, the Drowning Accident Rescue Team (DART) and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will come together at the event to help educate parents and water users about how to prevent water-related accidents involving children.

Parents are invited to bring children’s life jackets for inspection by boating safety professionals. If a life jacket is found to be unserviceable, a new one of the appropriate will be given in exchange. Children’s life jackets will be available at each site while supplies last. (Only one new life jacket per family.)

Boating safety professionals will be on hand to answer questions and provide information about boating and water safety, especially on the importance of wearing a life jacket at all times when in or around the water.

This event is being conducted in connection with National Safe Boating Week
(May 17-23) that aims at spreading the message on life jacket wear.  According to the

U.S. Coast Guard, 29 children age 12 and under lost their lives while boating in 2006; compared to 21 children in 2005 and 14 children in 2004.

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Attachment: Participating Sam’s Club stores.



05/08/2008

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

SAN FRANCISCO - The Boating Clean & Green Campaign will train volunteers Saturday, May 31 to become "Dockwalkers," individuals who promote environmentally-sound boating throughout California's marina communities. The training will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Humboldt Yacht Club in Eureka.

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 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 60,000 boater kits statewide. Hours spent training or educating the public qualify as community service.

The Boating Clean & Green Campaign 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. Other partners in the Eureka Dockwalker training include the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Humboldt Baykeeper.

For more information about the Dockwalker program, and to register for training, please visit www.coast4u.org (Click on Boating Clean and Green), or contact Vivian Matuk at (415) 904-6905 or vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov.



04/25/2008

$11.535 Million in Grants and Loans for Boating Facilities Approved

SACRAMENTO -The California Boating and Waterways Commission has approved $11.535 million in boating facility improvement grants and loans. The grants and loans awarded by the commission today will go toward five boat launching facilities and small craft harbor improvement projects. The grant and loan recipients are:

Buckhorn Boat Launch Facility, Black Butte Lake -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
The commission approved USACE request to combine funds from previously approved funding for the Eagle Pass and Buckhorn boat launching facilities to complete the Buckhorn boat launching facility (BLF). The Buckhorn BLF is the primary facility on Black Butte Lake, located in Tehama and Glenn counties. The project is anticipated to cost $1.8 million.

Ventura Harbor - Ventura County
The commission approved a phase-one grant of $450,000 to the Ventura Port District for improvements to the Ventura Harbor BLF. The project will demolish and redesign the existing concrete ramp, add an accessible boarding float and stabilize the shoreline. The total project cost is $4.5 million. Previously, the commission consented to grants totaling $1,089,000 for improvements at this location.

Santa Barbara Marina- Santa Barbara County
The commission approved a phase-one loan of $720,000 to the City of Santa Barbara Waterfront Department to fund improvements to Marina One in the Santa Barbara Harbor. The total project cost is $6,700,000. Replacement of Marina One is needed due to the deteriorating condition and age of the dock system, which is over 30 years old. The commission previously consented to loans totaling $7,291,000 for improvements to Marina One between 1961 and 1985. The loans have been paid in full.

Santa Cruz Harbor - Santa Cruz County
The commission approved the initial loan funding of $1,365,000 to the Santa Cruz Port District for improvements and rehabilitation to the berthing facilities in the North Harbor of Santa Cruz Harbor. The district with its own forces has rebuilt 81 berths to date, but program funding is too slow and the docks are deteriorating faster than the district has dollars and the crew to replace them. The total project cost is $9.2 million. The commission previously consented to loans totaling $15,654,000 for improvements to the North Harbor between 1961 and 2001. The first four loans, totaling $6.2 million, haven been paid in full. The district is current on all other loans.

Dana Point Harbor Marina - Orange County
The commission approved a second phase loan of $9,000,000 to the County of Orange for improvements to the Dana Point Harbor Marina as part of a larger Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Project. The total project cost is $15,000,000. This loan covers the demolition and reconstruction of berths in the West Marina, installation of gangways, replacement of dock utilities, repairs to the bulkhead, and installation of gates, fencing, a security system and parking area improvements. The commission previously consented to loans totaling $15,500,000 to the County of Orange for the construction of and/or improvements to the Dana Point Harbor Marina.

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 may provide grants to a county, city, district or other public agency for the construction and development of small craft boat 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.



04/23/2008

Boating and Waterways Commission to Consider $11.535 Million for Boating Facilities April 25

SACRAMENTO--The California Boating and Waterways Commission will meet April 25 to consider $11.535 million in boating facility improvement grants and loans, discuss the abandoned watercraft program and the Wear It California campaign. The meeting is open to the public and will convene at 8:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, 1209 L Street, Sacramento, California. The proposed grant and loan recipients are:

Buckhorn Boat Launch Facility, Black Butte Lake  -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
Because of construction cost increases, the commission will consider a USACE request to combine funds from previously approved funding for the Eagle Pass and Buckhorn boat launching facilities to complete the Buckhorn boat launching facility (BLF).  The Buckhorn BLF is the primary facility on Black Butte Lake, located in Tehama and Glenn counties.  The project is anticipated to cost $1.8 million. 

Ventura Harbor — Ventura County
The commission will consider a phase-one grant of $450,000 to the Ventura Port District for improvements to the Ventura Harbor Boat Launching Facility.  The project will demolish and redesign the existing concrete ramp, add an accessible boarding float and stabilize the shoreline.  The total project cost is $4.5 million. Previously, the commission consented to grants totaling $1,089,000 for improvements at this location.

Santa Barbara Marina— Santa Barbara County
The commission will consider a phase-one loan of $720,000 to the City of Santa Barbara Waterfront Department to fund improvements to Marina One in the Santa Barbara Harbor.  The total project cost is $6,700,000.  Replacement of Marina One is needed due to the deteriorating condition and  age of the dock system, which is over 30 years old. The commission previously consented to loans totaling $7,291,000  for improvements to Marina One between 1961 and 1985.   The loans have been paid in full.

Santa Cruz Harbor – Santa Cruz County
The commission will consider initial loan funding of $1,365,000 to the Santa Cruz Port District (district) for improvements and rehabilitation to the berthing facilities in the North Harbor of Santa Cruz Harbor.   The district with its own forces has rebuilt 81 berths to date, but program funding is too slow and the docks are deteriorating faster than the district has dollars and the crew to replace them.  The total project cost is $9.2 million. The commission previously consented to loans totaling $15,654,000 for improvements to the North Harbor between 1961 and 2001.  The first four loans, totaling $6.2 million, haven been paid in full.  The district is current on all other loans.

Dana Point Harbor Marina – Orange County
The commission will consider a second phase loan of $9,000,000 to the County of Orange for improvements to the Dana Point Harbor Marina as part of a larger Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Project.  The total project cost is $15,000,000.  This loan covers the demolition and reconstruction of berths in the West Marina, installation of gangways, replacement of dock utilities, repairs to the bulkhead, and installation of gates, fencing, a security system and parking area improvements.   The commission  previously consented to loans totaling $15,500,000 to the County of Orange for the construction of and/or improvements to the Dana Point Harbor Marina.

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 may provide grants to a county, city, district or other public agency for the construction and development of small craft boating launching facilities and provide 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. 



04/23/2008

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

SAN FRANCISCO – The Boating Clean & Green Campaign will train volunteers Saturday, May 10 to become “Dockwalkers,” individuals who promote environmentally-sound boating throughout California’s marina communities. The training will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sector San Diego-Coast Guard Base.  Reservations are mandatory due to security measures at the base.

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 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 60,000 boater kits statewide. Hours spent training or educating the public qualify as community service.

The Boating Clean & Green Campaign 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 U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

For more information about the Dockwalker program, and to register for training, please visit www.coast4u.rog (Click on Boating Clean and Green), or contact Vivian Matuk at (415) 904-6905 or vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov.



04/14/2008

Contact: Gloria Sandoval
(916) 651-5692
email: pubinfo@parks.ca.gov

April 14, 2008

DBW Recommends Disposing of Nylon Logo Disks That Contain Lead Paint

 

DBW has learned that paint on nylon logo disks, distributed by the department at promotional events and boat shows during the last 12 months, contain lead.   The orange paint used in the center of the logo (see picture) has a lead content that could be harmful if the paint is ingested by humans, dogs or other animals.

There are no health risks for people who use the disk in a manner consistent with its design, throwing it back and forth.  However, if a human or animal were to chew on the disk for a period of time long enough to ingest any of the orange paint an unsafe exposure to lead could result.

DBW recommends that the disks, not considered hazardous waste, be disposed of in a normal manner.

For more information about lead exposure, visit:



04/01/2008

SAN FRANCISCO – The Keep the Delta Clean Program and the Boating Clean & Green Campaign will train volunteers in Stockton on April 9 and in Sacramento on April 14 to become “Dockwalkers,” individuals who promote environmentally-sound boating throughout California’s marina communities. The Stockton training will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Dameron Annex Stockton Hospital (classroom #1).  The Sacramento training will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Coast Guard Aux. Radio Station on the Sacramento River (portable Classroom Building).

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 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 60,000 boater kits statewide. Hours spent training or educating the public qualify as community service.

The Keep the Delta Clean Program is a Delta marina and boating educational program implemented by Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano and Yolo Counties, The City of Stockton, The California Coastal Commission, and The California Department of Boating and Waterways.  The Boating Clean & Green Campaign is an education and outreach program conducted through the California Department of Boating and Waterways and California Coastal Commission. These programs promote environmentally-sound boating practices to marine business and boaters.   Other partners in the Stockton and Sacramento trainings include the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

For more information about the Dockwalker program, and to register for training, please visit www.coast4u.rog (Click on Boating Clean and Green), or contact Vivian Matuk at
(415) 904-6905 or vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov.

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03/21/2008

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

SAN FRANCISCO – The Boating Clean & Green Campaign will train volunteers Saturday, March 29th  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 p.m. at Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club (Main Room) in Marina Del Rey.

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 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 60,000 boater kits statewide. Hours spent training or educating the public qualify as community service.

The Boating Clean & Green Campaign 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.   Other partners in the Marina Del Rey Dockwalker training include the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation, the Association for Santa Monica Bay Yacht Club, the Women’s Sailing Association, the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club and the Fairwind Yacht Club.
 For more information about the Dockwalker program, and to register for training, please visit www.coast4u.org (Click on Boating Clean and Green), or contact Vivian Matuk at (415) 904-6905 or vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov.



03/05/2008

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

SAN FRANCISCO - The Boating Clean & Green Campaign will train volunteers Saturday, March 29th 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 p.m. at Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club (Main Room) in Marina Del Rey.

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 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 60,000 boater kits statewide. Hours spent training or educating the public qualify as community service.

The Boating Clean & Green Campaign 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. Other partners in the Marina Del Rey Dockwalker training include the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation, the Association for Santa Monica Bay Yacht Club, the Women's Sailing Association, the Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club and the Fairwind Yacht Club.

For more information about the Dockwalker program, and to register for training, please visit www.coast4u.org (Click on Boating Clean and Green), or contact Vivian Matuk at (415) 904-6905 or vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov.



02/28/2008

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

SAN FRANCISCO - The Boating Clean & Green Campaign will train volunteers Saturday, March 15 to become "Dockwalkers," individuals who promote environmentally-sound boating throughout California's marina communities. The training will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Humboldt Yacht Club in Eureka.

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 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 60,000 boater kits statewide. Hours spent training or educating the public qualify as community service.

The Boating Clean & Green Campaign 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. Other partners in the Eureka Dockwalker training include the Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Humboldt Baykeeper.

For more information about the Dockwalker program, and to register for training, please visit www.coast4u.org (Click on Boating Clean and Green), or contact Vivian Matuk at (415) 904-6905 or vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov.



02/22/2008

$4.650 Million in Grants and Loans for Boating Facilities Approved

SACRAMENTO -The California Boating and Waterways Commission has approved $4.6 million in boating facility improvement grants and loans.

The grants and loans awarded by the commission this week will go toward four boat launch and small craft harbor improvement projects. A description of each project is attached.

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 may provide grant funds to a county, city, district or other public agency for the construction and development of small craft boat launching facilities and loan funds 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.

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Approved grant and loan recipients

Coyote Point - San Mateo County

The commission approved a grant of $146,000 to the County of San Mateo for improvements to the Coyote Point boat launching facility, formerly known as San Mateo Point. The proposed boat launch facility project includes construction of a new two-unit unisex restroom with utilities to be located approximately 110' from the launch ramp. The restroom will replace the portable chemical toilet currently being used. Previously, the commission consented to grants totaling $575,000 for improvements to this facility.

McClure Point- Mariposa County

The commission approved a phase-one grant of $136,000 to the Merced Irrigation District for new construction of a boat launching facility at McClure Point on Lake McClure. The total project cost is expected to be $2.4 million. The proposed project entails construction of a new two-lane boat launching ramp. A boarding float will be installed adjacent to the ramp and slope protection will be added to the sides of the ramp and a parking area will be constructed with sidewalks, curbs and lightning. A restroom and associated utilities will be installed, as well as a project credit sign.

Coyote Point Marina - San Mateo County

The commission approved a first phase marina loan of $218,000 to the County of San Mateo for improvements to the Coyote Point Marina. The total project cost is $1,829,000. Funds would be used to replace Dock 29 at the northeastern end of the Coyote Point Marina. The dock, originally built in the early 1970s, has deteriorated over time leaving it unable to withstand the wind and tide cycles of the San Francisco Bay. The commission, between 1973 and 1996, consented to loans totaling $3,450,000 for improvements to the Coyote Point Marina.

Sacramento Marina - City of Sacramento

The commission approved a final phase loan of $1,475,000 to the City of Sacramento for improvements to the South Basin of the Sacramento Marina. The total project cost is $9 million. The South Basin project entails: 1) demolition of existing berths (except 30 existing concrete berths which will be extended) and construction of a reconfigured system containing 171 slips, 2) berth covers, including a portion of the north basin, 3) installation of gangways, 4) replacement of dock utilities, 5) upgrading of shore electric, 6) dredging, 7) construction of a new restroom, 8) construction of a dock connector between the two basins, 9) installation of three fuel dispensers, 10) installation of a fire sprinkler system, and 11) addition of a security system.



02/21/2008

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

SAN FRANCISCO – The Boating Clean & Green Campaign will train volunteers Saturday, March 1st to become “Dockwalkers,” individuals who promote environmentally-sound boating throughout California’s marina communities. The training will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the American Legion Yacht Club 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 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 60,000 boater kits statewide. Hours spent training or educating the public qualify as community service.

The Boating Clean & Green Campaign 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. Other partners in the Newport Beach Dockwalker training include the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation, Project-Greenwors and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

For more information about the Dockwalker program, and to register for training, please visit www.coast4u.org (Click on Boating Clean and Green), or contact Vivian Matuk at (415) 904-6905 or vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov.



02/15/2008

Boating and Waterways Commission to Consider $4.654 Million for Boating Facilities February 21

SACRAMENTO--The California Boating and Waterways Commission will meet February 21 to consider $4.654 million in boating facility improvement grants and loans, discuss copper anti-fouling paint and the department's media campaigns. The meeting is open to the public and will convene at 8:30 a.m. at the Marriott San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf, 1250 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, California.

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 may provide grants funds to a county, city, district or other public agency for the construction and development of small craft boating launching facilities and loan funds 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.

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Attached: Proposed loan recipients and commission's consent calendar

Proposed grant and loan recipients

Buckhorn -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Because of construction cost increases, the commission will consider a USACE request to combine funds from previously approved funding for the Eagle Pass and Buckhorn boat launching facilities to complete the Buckhorn launch facility project as proposed. Total available funds would be $1.8 million. The Buckhorn BLF is the primary boat launching facility on Black Butte Lake, located in Tehama and Glenn counties. The project is anticipated to cost $1.64 million.

Coyote Point - San Mateo County

The commission will consider a grant of $150,000 to the County of San Mateo for improvements to the Coyote Point BLF, formerly known as San Mateo Point. The proposed boat launching facility project includes construction of a new two-unit unisex restroom with utilities to be located approximately 110' from the launch ramp. The restroom will replace the portable chemical toilets currently being used. Previously, the commission consented to grants totaling $575,000 for improvements to this facility.

McClure Point - Mariposa County

The commission will consider a phase-one grant of $136,000 to the Merced Irrigation District (District) for new construction of a boat launching facility at McClure Point on Lake McClure. The total project cost is expected to be $2,400,000. The proposed project entails construction of a new two-lane boat launching ramp. A boarding float will be installed adjacent to the ramp and slope protection will be added to the sides of the ramp. A parking area will be constructed with sidewalks, curbs and lightning. A restroom and associated utilities will be installed, as well as a project credit sign. The commission previously consented to grants totaling $354,000 to the District for improvements at the existing facility at McClure Point.

Coyote Point Marina - San Mateo County

The commission will consider a first phase marina loan of $218,000 to the County of San Mateo for improvements to the Coyote Point Marina. The total project cost is $1,829,000. Funds would be used to replace Dock 29 at the northeastern end of the Coyote Point Marina. The dock, originally built in the early 1970s, has deteriorated over time leaving it unable to withstand the wind and tide cycles of the San Francisco Bay. The commission previously consented to loans totaling $3,450,000 for improvements to the Coyote Point Marina between 1973 and 1996.

Sacramento Marina - City of Sacramento

The commission will consider a final phase loan of $1,475,000 to the City of Sacramento for improvements to the South Basin of the Sacramento Marina. The total project cost is $9,000,000.The South Basin project entails: 1) demolition of existing berths (except 30 existing concrete berths which will be extended) and construction of a reconfigured system containing 171 slips, 2) berth covers, including a portion of the north basin, 3) installation of gangways, 4) replacement of dock utilities, 5) upgrading of shore electric, 6) dredging, 7) construction of a new restroom, 8) construction of a dock connector between the two basins, 9) installation of three fuel dispensers, 10) installation of a fire sprinkler system, and 11) addition of a security system. The commission previously consented to loans totaling $15,675,000 to the City of Sacramento for improvements to the Sacramento Marina.



01/22/2008

ZEBRA MUSSELS FOUND IN CALIFORNIA RESERVOIR

Contacts: Alexia Retallack, Dept of Fish and Wildlife (916) 952-3317
                Harry Morse, Dept of Fish and Wildlife (916) 838-4410
                Pete Weisser, Dept of Water Resources, (916) 802-8375
                Gloria Sandoval, Dept of Boating and Waterways (Spanish) (916) 651-5692, (916) 715-1657
                Mary Fricke, Dept of Fish and Wildlife (916) 322-8911

Zebra mussels have been found in the San Justo Reservoir in San Benito County, the Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFG) confirmed today. This is the first population of this destructive invasive species to be found in California waters.

"The discovery of Zebra mussels in a central California waterway has us very concerned," said Secretary for Resources Mike Chrisman. "Like its relative the Quagga mussel, this species can cause significant environmental, recreational and economic impacts once established in a body of water. It is important that boaters do everything they can to help stop their spread."

An angler fishing in the San Justo Reservoir last week reported landing a clump of what appeared to be mussels. These mussels and a sample collected by DFG biologists were then verified to be Zebra mussels by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) laboratory. Similarly, 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.   

A multi-agency taskforce that includes DFG, Department of Water Resources (DWR), the Department of Boating and Waterways and California State Parks has responded with surface and underwater inspectors to determine the extent of the threat to California waters from Zebra and Quagga mussels.  

No mussels have been detected on artificial substrates in the San Luis Reservoir, which flows into the San Justo Reservoir, or in the O’Neill Forebay. So far, mussels have not been found anywhere in California's State Water Project (SWP), which draws its water from Northern California watersheds. DWR regularly monitors for Zebra and Quagga mussels throughout the SWP, one of the largest water and power systems in the United States.

Both species of mussel are non-native aquatic mollusks that wreak havoc with the environment by disrupting the natural food chain and releasing toxins that affect other aquatic species. Although they range in size from microscopic to the size of a fingernail, they are prolific and attach themselves to hard and soft surfaces. Boats are the primary transporters of Zebra and Quagga mussels. The Zebra mussels inhabit water depths from 4 to 180 feet, with Quagga reaching depths more than 400 feet, and 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 (veligers) to other water bodies as well. A mussel infestation can potentially lead to the closure of boating in affected waterways. San Benito County Public Works closed San Justo Reservoir to all boating activity.

The main risk of mussel introduction into the SWP is from trailered boats. It is important to follow the steps listed below and to cooperate with vessel inspections that are being conducted at a number of CDFA border inspection stations around the state to help prevent the spread of Zebra or Quagga mussels to any water system.   

All boaters and anyone who accesses freshwater aquatic environments should take the following steps to inhibit the spread of mussels when leaving the water:

  • Inspect all exposed surfaces - small mussels feel like sandpaper to the touch
  • Wash the hull of each watercraft thoroughly, preferably with high pressure/hot water
  • Remove all plants and animal material
  • Drain all water and dry all areas
  • Drain and dry the lower outboard unit
  • Clean and dry all live-wells
  • Empty and dry any buckets
  • Dispose of all bait in the trash
  • Wait five days and keep watercraft dry between launches into different fresh waters

A toll-free phone line, 1-866-440-9530, has also been established for anyone involved with activities on lakes and rivers seeking information about Zebra or Quagga mussels. This public line is staffed Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

DFG is also conducting trainings around the state about how to inspect boats for Zebra and Quagga mussels. The trainings are open to water managers, marina operators and other local, county and state officials. The next trainings are scheduled in Sacramento on Jan. 23, and Fresno on Jan. 24. To register for either class, officials should call (916) 928-8330 as soon as possible to ensure a seat. There is no charge for attending the class.

For more information on Zebra and Quagga mussels, visit the DFG Web site at www.dfg.ca.gov/invasives/quaggamussel.



01/07/2008

Boater Advisory:
Excessive Floating Debris in Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

 

SACRAMENTO – Due to the recent storms in northern California, there is excessive floating debris in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, which poses a threat to boaters.

Boaters should keep a sharp lookout for debris including large floating logs, especially on the Sacramento River. Water levels are now lower in the Delta and are not expected to pose problems within the next five days.

DBW, the state's boating agency, is authorized to restrict or ban recreational boating in the Sacramento-San Joaquin during periods of high water levels to protect people and property, facilitate flood fighting, and control vessel wakes that may exacerbate levee erosion or overtopping.

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01/03/2008

Boater Advisory:
Delta Boaters Urged to Use Caution During Storm Conditions

 

SACRAMENTO – Due to high winds possible through Friday, Jan. 4, the Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) advises recreational boaters to use caution while on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. A National Weather Service high wind warning is in effect from 10 p.m. tonight through 4 p.m. Jan 4.

“High wind speeds of 25 to 45 mph with gusts up to 65 mph can be expected in the valley during the warning period,” said Raynor Tsuneyoshi, Director of DBW. “Boaters are advised to secure their vessels in their marina berths to avoid property damage.” 

High wind speeds can cause flying debris, uproot trees and down power lines. The National Weather Service is forecasting that winds will decrease late Friday afternoon but remain breezy to windy into Friday night. 

DBW, the state's boating agency, is authorized to restrict or ban recreational boating in the Sacramento-San Joaquin during periods of high water levels to protect people and property, facilitate flood fighting, and control vessel wakes that may exacerbate levee erosion or overtopping.

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