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Press: 2005 News Releases

11/22/2005

Contact: June Iljana
(916) 651-5692
e-mail: pubinfo.dbw.ca.gov

November 22, 2005

Nearly $6 Million Approved for Boating Facilities


 

MONTEREY -- At a meeting in Monterey Thursday and Friday, the Boating and Waterways Commission approved nearly $6 million in grants and loans for boating infrastructure improvements.

The two-day meeting began Thursday with a presentation by William Douros , Superintendent of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Douros discussed the mission of the federal marine sanctuaries and upcoming sanctuary management regulations related to invasive species, abandoned watercraft, personal watercraft, and other issues for the coastal sanctuaries in California .

"Mr. Douros' in-depth presentation included questions from the commission and members of the public," said Department of Boating and Waterways Director Raynor Tsuneyoshi. "It was a good flow of information between NOAA and the boating community with representatives from many different stakeholders including, personal watercraft users, harbormasters, law enforcement, surfers, fishing groups and others all weighing in on the upcoming sanctuary management policies."

During Friday's session, the commission voted on proposed loans and grants. The approved projects are:

San Francisco County - San Francisco Marina West Harbor

The commission approved a phase two loan of $3,700,000 to the City of San Francisco for a $16,500,000 project to improve the West Harbor at the San Francisco Marina. The loan covers demolishing and constructing berths, upgrading dock utilities, installing barrier-free access gangways with security gates, constructing a new breakwater and revetment, removing mole, dredging, and improving buildings.

San Mateo County - Port of Redwood City Boat Launching Facility

The commission approved a grant of $1,080,400 to the Port of Redwood City to improve the Redwood City Boat Launching Facility. The project entails removing and replacing the boat launching ramp, installing a boarding float, constructing a retaining wall, adding slope protection, constructing a concrete turnaround and ready-lane, relocating utilities, adding walkways, curbs and storm drainage, renovating a restroom, adding lighting, and installing a pay station, information kiosk and signage.

Sacramento County - Broderick Boat Launching Facility

The commission approved a grant of $653,000 to the City of West Sacramento to improve the Broderick Boat Launching Facility in West Sacramento . The project includes widening the existing boat ramp, installing anchoring systems and a new boarding float, installing lighting and security gates, constructing a fish cleaning station, upgrading the sewer system, installing backflow device cages, constructing shade gazebos and a trash/recycling area, and adding picnic tables, barbeques, a drinking fountain and a project sign.

Sutter County - Live Oak Riverfront Park Boat Launching Facility

The commission approved a grant of $561,000 to Sutter County for the first phase of a $1,118,000 project to improve the Live Oak Riverfront Park Boat Launching Facility on the Feather River near the city of Live Oak . The proposed project includes replacing a single-lane boat launching ramp with a new two-lane boat launching ramp, installing a boarding float, rock slope protection and a project sign.

Department loans and grants require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission, appointed by the governor. Funding for the projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of gasoline for their vessels and from the repayment of loan principal and interest.



11/08/2005

Contact: June Iljana
(916) 651-5692
e-mail: pubinfo.dbw.ca.gov

November 8, 2005

Nearly $6 Million Considered for Boating Facilities


MONTEREY -- Nearly $6 million in grants and loans for boating facilities will be considered by the California Boating and Waterways Commission on November 17 and 18. During the two-day meeting in Monterey , the Commission will evaluate and vote on $5,994,400 in Department of Boating and Waterways recreational boating facility loans and grants. Both sessions are open to the public and will take place at the Hyatt Regency Monterey , Windjammer Room, 1 Old Golf Course Road , Monterey .

On Thurs. Nov. 17, Bill Douros, who is Superintendent of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, will discuss upcoming sanctuary management regulations related to invasive species, abandoned watercraft, personal watercraft, and ?shery issues for coastal sanctuaries in California .

The second session, during which commissioners will vote on proposed loans and grants, convenes Fri., Nov. 18 at 8:30 a.m. Projects being considered are:

San Francisco County - San Francisco Marina West Harbor

The commission will consider a loan of $3,700,000 in phase two funding on a $16,500,000 project to improve the West Harbor at the San Francisco Marina. The loan covers demolishing and constructing berths, upgrading dock utilities, installing barrier-free access gangways with security gates, constructing a new breakwater and revetment, removing mole, dredging, and improving buildings.

San Mateo County - Port of Redwood City Boat Launching Facility

The commission will consider a grant of $1,080,400 to the Port of Redwood City to make improvements to the Redwood City Boat Launching Facility. The project entails removing and replacing the boat launching ramp, installing a boarding float, constructing a retaining wall, adding slope protection, constructing a concrete turnaround and ready-lane, relocating utilities, adding walkways, curbs and storm drainage, renovating a restroom, adding lighting, and installing a pay station, information kiosk and signage.

Sacramento County - Broderick Boat Launching Facility

The commission will consider a grant of $653,000 to improve the Broderick Boat Launching Facility in West Sacramento. The project includes widening the existing boat ramp, installing anchoring systems and a new boarding float, installing lighting and security gates, constructing a fish cleaning station, upgrading the sewer system, installing backflow device cages, constructing shade gazebos and a trash/recycling area, and adding picnic tables, barbeques, a drinking fountain and a project sign.

Sutter County - Live Oak Riverfront Park Boat Launching Facility

The commission will consider a grant of $561,000 for the first phase of a $1,118,000 project to improve the Live Oak Riverfront Park Boat Launching Facility on the Feather River near the city of Live Oak . The proposed project includes replacing a single-lane boat launching ramp with a new two-lane boat launching ramp, installing a boarding float, rock slope protection and a project sign.

Department loans and grants require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission, appointed by the governor. Funding for the projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of gasoline for their vessels and from the repayment of loan principal and interest



09/23/2005

Contact: June Iljana
(916) 651-5692
e-mail: pubinfo.dbw.ca.gov

September 23, 2005

Governor Signs Abandoned Vessel Legislation
Law Enforcement Officers Will Remove Deserted Boats from Public Waterways


AVAC Report

SACRAMENTO -- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday signed legislation that will allow law enforcement agencies to remove abandoned vessels from waterways, protecting California waters from deserted boat hazards. The bill, AB 716 (Canciamilla, D-Pittsburg), sponsored by Recreational Boaters of California, will become law on Jan. 1, 2006.

"By signing this bill, Governor Schwarzenegger has demonstrated his continued leadership in protecting both health of our state's natural resources and of the public," said California Department of Boating and Waterways Director Raynor Tsuneyoshi. "Abandoned vessels impede navigation and leak pollutants, destroying natural habitats."

Abandoned vessels pose a risk to other recreational boaters by obstructing waterways, sinking in shallow water, and leaking hazardous materials such as oil and gas. Vessels with registration expired for more than one year can be removed from public waterways by law enforcement officers.

"The changes instituted by AB 716 will enable law enforcement agencies to remove wrecked vessels more quickly so they don't become public health hazards," said Tsuneyoshi.

Under the law, the amount of time abandoned vessels may be held by law enforcement before being sold at auction will be reduced from 90 to 60 days. By reducing the delay, officers can avoid additional problems and costs that occur while vessels remain in the water.

 Additionally, the new law will double the maximum fine for vessel abandonment on public waterways to $3,000. The law also will allow the court to order violators to repay the enforcing agency for the actual cost of removing and disposing of a vessel.

The Department of Boating and Waterways 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.



09/19/2005

County Clean Boating Effort Commended


OAKLAND -- The "Keep the Delta Clean. You Play in it. You Drink it Too!"  program, has been selected to receive an Outstanding Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) Implementation Project Award from the San Francisco Estuary Project. The program is lead by Contra Costa County Watershed Program and developed and implemented in partnership with the Department of Boating and Waterways and the California Coastal Commission.

The award will be presented at the State of the Estuary Conference on Thursday, October 6, at 2:15 PM, at the Henry J. Kaiser Convention Center, 10 Tenth Street, Oakland . The awards will be given by Barbara Salzman, President of Friends of the Estuary.

The goal of the program is to protect drinking water quality, recreation and environmental health in the Delta through a combination of education, increased environmental services, and water quality monitoring. The focus is on educating boaters about safe and environmentally friendly boating while improving access to pollution prevention services at marinas throughout the Delta.

The "Dockwalkers" effort is one of the most visible aspects of the program. These volunteers pass out boater education kits at marinas and boat shows and train boaters to use environmentally sound boating practices. The kits include oil-absorbent pads, information on invasive species, and a Delta Recreational Boating and Environmental Services Map that features clean boating tips and shows the location of 43 certified used-oil collection centers. Five Delta marinas are taking part in the pilot program: Sugar Barge, Lauritzen Yacht Harbor, Discovery BayYacht Harbor, LazyM Marina and Bethel Harbor .

Another aspect of the program is an effort to increase the availability and use of sewage pumpouts, hazardous waste drop-off collection centers, pet-waste collection points, and refuse/recycling containers. As an added measure, the Contra Costa Public Works Department is conducting water quality monitoring to gather baseline data on hydrocarbons and pathogens.

The Department of Boating and Waterways 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.



09/01/2005

Contact: June Iljana
(916) 651-5692
e-mail: pubinfo.dbw.ca.gov

September 1, 2005

Boat Safely This Labor Day Weekend


The Department of Boating and Waterways reminds boaters to use caution and good judgment while boating this upcoming Labor Day Weekend.

"Almost 20 percent of all boating accidents occur on holiday weekends, including Labor Day weekend," said Boating and Waterways Director, Raynor Tsuneyoshi. "When waterways get crowded the chances for a collision increase so it’s important that boaters maintain a proper lookout, watch the alcohol, and wear a lifejacket."

Operator inattention is the leading cause of boating accidents, contributing to 40 percent of all California boating accidents last year. When boaters are celebrating, they may neglect to watch out for other boats. While the operator is ultimately responsible for maintaining a proper lookout, it's 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, 38 percent of all boating fatalities reported in California last year were alcohol related. Intoxicated passengers often engage in dangerous activity, such as riding the gunwhale or jumping from one boat to another, that results in drowning or propeller injuries. Everyone who drinks alcohol on board is at risk.

Nearly 80 percent of all boating fatality victims would have survived if they had been wearing the life jackets they had on board. Today, life jackets come in an array of styles and colors. Choose a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket, suitable for the type of boating activity, and wear it. Several events will take place throughout the state over the Labor Day weekend to encourage safe boating.

In Northern California, the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District will host Operation River Safe on the American River at the Sunrise Bridge put in this weekend to encourage everyone heading onto the river to wear a properly fitted life jacket. Fire fighters will loan some life jackets out to those in need.

On Friday in San Diego, a life-jacket trade-in event will be held at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center. Twenty youth and small adult size life jackets will be available for trade-in to anyone bringing in an worn-out or ill-fitting life jacket. Glen Brandenburg, Director of the Mission Bay Aquatic Center, will be on hand to host Fox 6 News in the Morning and the Life Jacket Trade-In. The San Diego Police Department/Harbor Patrol on Mission Bay will host Fox 6 News in the Morning’s Ruben Galvan out on-the-water. This event is sponsored by the California Department of Boating and Waterways. Safe Boating is BIG FUN !

The Department of Boating and Waterways 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.



08/26/2005

Contact: June Iljana
(916) 651-5692
e-mail: pubinfo.dbw.ca.gov

August 26, 2005

Nearly $12 Million Approved for Boating Facilities


At a meeting in Long Beach Friday, the California Boating and Waterways Commission approved $11,925,000 in Department of Boating and Waterways loans and grants for boating infrastructure improvements. The approved projects are:

Orange County – Dana Point Harbor Marinas

The commission approved a loan of $3,700,000 in phase two funding on a $15,000,000 loan to improve the East and West Marinas at Dana Point Harbor. The project includes demolishing and reconstructing 240 berths in the East Marina and 500 berths in the West Marina, installing gangways in both marinas, fortifying the bulkhead, replacing dock utilities, reconfiguring a parking area, and remodeling and expanding the harbormaster/public restroom building.

Los Angeles County – Long Beach Downtown Marina

The commission approved a loan of $8,125,000 as the final phase of funding for a $31,718,000 project to improve the Long Beach Shoreline Marina and the Rainbow Marina, collectively known as the Downtown Marinas. This includes replacing dock utilities and pile, and widening or replacing gangways and docks for barrier-free access.

Los Angeles County – Bonelli Park Boat Launching Facility

The commission approved a grant of $100,000 in phase one funding on a $1,303,500 making improvements to the Frank G. Bonelli Regional County Park Boat Launch Facility. The facility is located on Puddingstone Lake in the San Gabriel Valley. This entails extending a pair of two-lane powerboat launch ramps, installing two boarding floats, and adding a new parking area, restrooms, utilities and signage.

Department loans and grants require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission, appointed by the governor. Funding for the projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of gasoline for their vessels and from the repayment of loan principal and interest.



08/22/2005

Contact: June Iljana
(916) 651-5692
e-mail: pubinfo.dbw.ca.gov

August 22, 2005

Boating and Waterways Commission to Consider Nearly $12 Million


Nearly $12 million in grants and loans for boating facilities will be considered by the California Boating and Waterways Commission on Aug. 25 and 26. The two-day meeting in Long Beach will consist of a strategic planning session and consideration of $11,925,000 in Department of Boating and Waterways recreational boating facility loans and grants.

“Our responsibility is to provide access to the waterways for California’s boaters,” said Department of Boating and Waterways Director Raynor Tsuneyoshi. “These boating facility improvements are important to Southern California’s boaters and communities and we are committed to ensuring that they are accomplished as efficiently and as effectively as possible.”

Both sessions are open to the public and will take place at the Coast Long Beach Hotel, Almeria/Seville Room, 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach. The strategic planning session, to be held on Thurs., Aug. 25 at 1:30 p.m., will be a discussion of the Boating and Waterways Commission’s role in California boating and in the operation of the Department of Boating and Waterways.

The second session, during which commissioners will vote on proposed loans and grants, convenes Fri., Aug. 26 at 8:30 a.m. Projects being considered are:

Orange County – Dana Point Harbor Marinas

The commission will consider a loan of $3,700,000 in phase two funding on a $15,000,000 loan to improve the East and West Marinas at Dana Point Harbor. The project includes demolishing and reconstructing 240 berths in the East Marina and 500 berths in the West Marina, installing gangways in both marinas, fortifying the bulkhead, replacing dock utilities, reconfiguring a parking area, and remodeling and expanding the harbormaster/public restroom building.

Los Angeles County – Long Beach Downtown Marina

The commission will consider a loan of $8,125,000 as the final phase of funding for a $31,718,000 project to improve the Long Beach Shoreline Marina and the Rainbow Marina, collectively known as the Downtown Marinas. This includes replacing dock utilities and pile, and widening or replacing gangways and docks for barrier-free access.

Los Angeles County – Bonelli Park Boat Launching Facility

The commission will consider a grant of $100,000 in phase one funding on a $1,303,500 making improvements to the Frank G. Bonelli Regional County Park Boat Launch Facility. The facility is located on Puddingstone Lake in the San Gabriel Valley. This entails extending a pair of two-lane powerboat launch ramps, installing two boarding floats, and adding a new parking area, restrooms, utilities and signage.

Department loans and grants require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission, appointed by the governor. Funding for the projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of gasoline for their vessels and from the repayment of loan principal and interest.



08/03/2005

Contact: June Iljana
(916) 651-5692
e-mail: pubinfo.dbw.ca.gov

August 3, 2005
Rev. September 28, 2005

National Boating Infrastructure Grant Program
Marina Operators: The Deadline for Transient Docks Grants has been extended to December 1st.


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. Nationally, $8 million in BIG funding is available this year for the installation or upgrade of visitor tie-up facilities for recreational boats 26 feet or more in length.

Eligible projects include the renovation or construction of visitor docks, restrooms, gangways, and dockside utility hookups. BIG is a competitive program open to both publicly owned and privately owned marinas.

Parties interested in applying should first review the federal guidelines to determine if they meet the necessary requirements. Marina operators eligible to compete in this program should contact Kevin Atkinson at (916) 327-1788. Applicants must submit a grant proposal that follows federal guidelines to the Department of Boating and Waterways by December 1, 2005.

The Department of Boating and Waterways 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.

Further BIG information and federal guidelines are available at www.dbw.ca.gov/big.asp.



07/01/2005

Contact: June Iljana
(916) 651-5692
e-mail: pubinfo.dbw.ca.gov

July 1, 2005

Boat Safe this July 4th to Avoid Another Deadly Holiday Weekend


One out of four boating injuries in California occurs during the holiday weekends of Memorial Day, July Fourth and Labor Day. This Independence Day, the Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) would like to remind boaters to stay safe on the water.

“This has been a dangerous season for boaters so far,” said Ray Tsuneyoshi, director of DBW. “Six people died in boating accidents this past Memorial Day Weekend. That’s more than any other holiday weekend on record. We want to stop that trend right now by educating boaters about the danger areas.”

So far this year, 28 people have died boating in California. One potential reason for the increased accident levels is higher than normal water flows in northern rivers. A wet winter and cool spring weather have delayed snow melt. Now that warm weather has arrived, the accelerated snow melt is delivering much higher river runoff than in previous years.

The water is running fast with strong currents and it is very cold. River conditions can change quickly due to weather and water releases, resulting in increased danger. “Strong currents can capsize vessels, throw people overboard, shift weight creating unsafe balance, and cause equipment to fail,” said Tsuneyoshi. “Boaters should watch out for floating debris and branches and other submerged snag hazards near banks.”

Another dangerous element during holidays is sheer numbers. The waterways are filled with boaters, and many are inexperienced. Collisions are the most common type of boating accident and operator inexperience and inattention are the leading causes. Following a few simple boating rules of the road can also help prevent collisions on congested waterways.

“Many of these rules are similar to those governing cars," said Tsuneyoshi. "Stay to the right side of channels. In a crossing situation, the person on the right has the right-of-way. When you meet another boat head-on, each boater should alter course to the right.”

In congested areas, intoxicated operators and passengers can increase the already high risk of accident. Alcohol and boating can be a deadly mix, especially when combined with stressors in the marine environment, such as sun, glare, wind, heat, and boat and engine noise. Last year, 38% of boating fatalities were alcohol related, and two-thirds of those who died were passengers whose intoxication contributed to their deaths.

Statistics show that 85 percent of all boating fatalities could have been prevented if the victim had been wearing a life jacket. Swimming out too far, or attempting to retrieve gear in the water, and being swept away by currents, are all scenarios when the persons would have survived if they had been wearing their life jackets.

California law requires all children under 13 years of age to wear a life jacket while on a vessel that is underway. DBW recommends that children wear life jackets even while wading near lakes or rivers and that all boaters wear life jackets while underway.

Another way to protect children, and keep from getting a $100 ticket, is to prevent passengers from being exposed to marine carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas in motor or generator exhaust. Boat operators should avoid idling the boat for long periods and don’t allow swimming or wading alongside the boat while the engine or generator is running.

As of this year, teak surfing, also known as platform dragging or bodysurfing behind the vessel, is illegal. The law provides exceptions for briefly assisting with the docking or departure, exiting or entering the vessel, or engaging in law enforcement or emergency rescue activity.

"Teak surfers are exposed to carbon monoxide from the boat’s engine, which can cause them to lose consciousness in seconds," said DBW Director Raynor Tsuneyoshi. “If they don’t drown, they can still die because the carbon monoxide replaces oxygen in the blood asphyxiating them."

The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may include severe headache, dizziness, confusion, nausea, fainting and death. The symptoms can be similar to the effects of intoxication or too much sun, and most victims will not recognize the danger before it is too late. DBW recommends that boaters avoid swimming or wading alongside or behind a boat while the engine or generator is running.

The Department of Boating and Waterways 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.



06/30/2005

Full, Fast & Freezing: River Dangers Remain High



06/27/2005

Contact: June Iljana
(916) 651-5692
e-mail: pubinfo.dbw.ca.gov

June 27, 2005

Boating and Waterways Commission Approves Loan and Grant Changes, Elects Officers


The California Boating and Waterways Commission approved modifications for existing loans and grants and provided Phase II funding for a Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta marina project.

The Commission also elected H.P. “Sandy” Purdon to the post of Chairman and Jon Fleischman as Vice Chairman. Purdon and Fleischman were appointed to the Commission by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2004. Their term as officers will run through 2006.

The approved projects were:

Marin County – Miller Park Boat Launching Facility

The Commission approved a time extension and a change of construction on a $1,070,000 existing grant for improvements to the Miller Park Boat Launching Facility on Tomales Bay.

Alameda County – Berkeley Marina

The Commission approved a change of construction on a $7,000,000 existing loan to the City of Berkeley to make improvements to the Berkeley Marina.

Contra Costa County – Martinez Marina

The Commission approved a request by the City of Martinez to alter their existing loan agreements to make interest-only payments for two years on $1.75 million in existing debt, and to extend the time allowed to use a $2.973 million loan for infrastructure improvements. The changes will allow the City to hire a private operator to rebuild the marina.

Contra Costa County – Orwood Resort

The Commission approved a $200,000 increase to a $1,071,000 existing private marina loan to Orwood Resort, Inc., for improvements to the Orwood Resort Marina in May 2003.

Department loans and grants require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission, whose members are appointed by the Governor. Funding for the projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of gasoline for their vessels and from the repayment of loan principal and interest.



06/22/2005

DWR, Boating and Waterways Highlight Lakes and Reservoirs Week



06/16/2005

Contact: June Iljana
(916) 651-5692
e-mail: pubinfo.dbw.ca.gov

June 16, 2005

Boating and Waterways Commission to Meet June 24th


The California Boating and Waterways Commission will meet Friday, June 24 to elect officers and consider modifications and increased funding for existing Department of Boating and Waterways loans and grants. The meeting is open to the public and will convene at 8:30 a.m. at the Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel, Napa Ballroom, 1250 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco. The projects to be considered are:

Marin County – Miller Park Boat Launching Facility

The Commission will consider a time extension and a change of construction on a $1,070,000 existing grant for improvements to the Miller Park Boat Launching Facility on Tomales Bay.

Alameda County – Berkeley Marina

The Commission will consider a change of construction on a $7,000,000 existing loan to the City of Berkeley to make improvements to the Berkeley Marina.

Contra Costa County – Martinez Marina

The Commission will consider a request by the City of Martinez to alter their existing loan agreements with the Department. The City is requesting interest-only payments for two years on $1.75 million of existing debt, and a time extension for using a $2.973 million loan for infrastructure improvements. The changes would allow the City to hire a private operator to rebuild the marina.

Contra Costa County

The Commission will consider a $200,000 increase to an existing private marina loan. The Commission approved a $1,071,000 Department of Boating and Waterways loan to Orwood Resort, Inc., for improvements to the Orwood Resort Marina in May 2003.

Department loans and grants require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission, appointed by the Governor. Funding for the projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of gasoline for their vessels and from the repayment of loan principal and interest.

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05/16/2005

Abandoned Vessel Advisory Committee Recommendations Released


AVAC Report




Sacramento – The Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) has released recommendations to the Legislature for reducing the number of abandoned vessels in California’s waterways. The recommendations include a proposed pilot program that would enable a boat owner to deliver a vessel to a local boating agency in exchange for a rebate rather than abandoning the vessel on the water.

“Boats that are abandoned can pose navigational hazards for other vessels and they can leak pollutants such as fuel and oil into the water,” said DBW Director Raynor Tsuneyoshi. “Some of our most beautiful waterways are littered with dilapidated, half-submerged derelict vessels.”

The recommendations were mandated by Assembly Bill 1014 (Canciamilla, 2003), that required the director of DBW to appoint an Abandoned Vessel Advisory Committee to examine abandoned vessel management options. The committee was asked to assist DBW in developing strategies for the Legislature to reduce vessel abandonment and make it easier for boaters to properly and economically dispose of recreational vessels.

The first section focuses on preventing vessels from being abandoned. They include ideas to improve vessel registration data, make it easier for local agencies to remove and dispose of abandoned vessels, and increase penalties for abandoning a vessel.

The remaining recommendations relate to a proposed pilot program that would allow boat owners to turn in their low-value vessels to designated public agencies for disposal in lieu of abandonment. Under these recommendations, boat owners would avoid regular vessel and hazardous waste disposal costs and they would receive a rebate from the pilot program agency. The proposed pilot program would use existing personnel and existing resources from the Abandoned Watercraft Abatement Fund administered by DBW.

Potentially, a turn-in program would save money for local agencies and DBW because vessels would not have to be pulled from the waterways after they sink or become a navigational hazard. “We currently provide grants to help local agencies remove abandoned vessels, but that’s the more costly way to do it,” Tsuneyoshi explained. “We would like to keep boats from being abandoned in the first place.”

The entire report, including recommendations to the legislature, is available for review at www.dbw.ca.gov. The Department of Boating and Waterways 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.

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05/12/2005

Contact: June Iljana
(916) 651-5692
e-mail: pubinfo.dbw.ca.gov

May 12, 2005

Governor Appoints Costa Mesa Sailor to Boating and Waterways Commission


Sacramento – Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the appointment of Ed Reno, 36, of Costa Mesa, to the Boating and Waterways Commission. Reno, a graduate of the University of Southern California, is the national director of state government affairs for Allergan, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company based in Irvine. He is also a member of the United States Sailing Association.

“I look forward to working on ensuring the recreational boating community’s continued access to our state’s fantastic waterways and a safe, enjoyable boating environment,” Reno said. “As a father, I am committed to ensuring that the unique boating environment California’s coast and waterways provide will be available to my son.”

Reno previously served on staff for governors Schwarzenegger and Wilson. He is a member of the Corporate Leadership Council of the Orange County Performing Arts and a board member of the Orange County Lincoln Club.

This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem.

The Boating and Waterways Commission provides advice and consent for all small craft harbor loans and boat launching facility grants proposed by the Department of Boating and Waterways.

The Boating and Waterways Commission is one of the nearly 100 boards and commissions Governor Schwarzenegger has proposed to eliminate or reform as part of his effort to reorganize state government. The Governor may continue making appointments to these boards and commissions to ensure continued operation of core governmental functions until their reform or elimination.



05/06/2005

Contact: June Iljana
(916) 651-5692
e-mail: pubinfo.dbw.ca.gov

May 4, 2005

Angler Safety Ad Campaign is the Catch of the Day


Sacramento – Just in time for the opening of fishing season, the Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) has released a new 30-second ad encouraging anglers to wear their life jackets.

Many anglers wear life jackets when they are motoring out to fish, but remove them once they reach their destination,” said Raynor Tsuneyoshi, DBW director. “Our message is that anglers put themselves in danger when they take off their life vests to fish.”

The ad features an angler rowing out to his favorite spot for a beautiful, relaxing day of fishing. As he settles in, he begins to unbuckle and remove his life jacket. Through an overly-dramatic and entertaining series of special effects and unique footage, the scene transitions from pleasant to menacing and the angler discovers that he will enjoy his trip more with the safety of his life jacket.

In 2004, 34 percent of boating fatalities on California’s waterways were related to fishing accidents. Eighty-seven percent of all fishing-related fatalities were the result of vessels capsizing or people falling overboard. All of the victims drowned and none wore a lifejacket.

“Given the high rate of fishing-related boating deaths, we decided to extend our ongoing boating safety campaign to include radio and television messages targeted to anglers,” explained Jana Clarke, advertising program coordinator for DBW. “We developed this message specifically to reach anglers in a way that isn’t preachy or threatening. We also wanted to make it attention-getting and fun.” The ad is part of DBW’s successful “Safe Boating is Big Fun” Campaign.

Cable television presents a unique opportunity to make sure the television spot reaches its intended audience. The television spot will air for twelve weeks from May through July during fishing-related programs on Outdoor Life Network and ESPN 2 during the “Weekend Outdoor Block” from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. each Saturday and Sunday.

The angler radio spot will air during radio fishing talk show programs between April and July in four major California markets: Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

To preview the spots or for more in formation about the “Safe Boating is Big Fun” television, radio, and outdoor advertising campaign, visit www.BoatSmarter.com.

The ad was funded by an education and outreach grant from the Federal Aquatic Resources Trust Fund. The Department of Boating and Waterways 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.



05/04/2005

Your Boat's Way Too Loud! - What!?


 

Sacramento – As of last January 1 st, California boating law enforcement officials began using a safer and more efficient method to measure and enforce maximum noise levels for recreational motorboats. This makes it easier than before for marine patrols to confirm that a motor boater is running too loud.

In California, exceeding the noise limit can cost you up to $250. In neighboring Nevada, it can also cost you a day at play. If you plan to spend time on the Colorado River or Lake Meade this summer, be aware that, while Nevada’s noise limits match California’s, Nevada boating law enforcement officers can terminate your trip if your boat is too loud.

“If the vessel’s engine exceeds the maximum noise levels, the officer will instruct the operator to take immediate corrective action and may terminate the voyage until the engine is in compliance,” said Fred Messman, Nevada’s Boating Law Administrator. ”If you can’t hold a normal conversation on your boat, it may be too loud.”

Raynor Tsuneyoshi, Director of the California Department of Waterways, says, “We want to make sure everyone enjoys their recreational boating experience. For some, that means making sure the waterways aren’t too loud. Getting cited or having your voyage terminated is no fun.”

Prevent that citation by being aware that all vessels must use a muffling system that brings the vessel into compliance with noise limits while operating on inland water and on coastal waters within one mile of the coastline. For more information visit www.dbw.ca.gov.

The Department of Boating and Waterways 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.



04/29/2005

Contact: June Iljana
(916) 651-5692
e-mail: pubinfo.dbw.ca.gov

April 29, 2005

Mandatory Carbon Monoxide Warning Decals Now Available


Sacramento – As of May 1, California boaters will be required to place stickers on their newly purchased boats warning against the threat of marine carbon monoxide poisoning.

The Anthony Farr and Stacey Beckett Boating Safety Act of 2004 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. The bill, AB 2222 (Koretz), was signed by Governor Schwarzenegger in September.

“The important thing about these decals is making sure that people are aware of the danger before the unthinkable happens,” said Raynor Tsuneyoshi, Director of the Department of Boating and Waterways. “Everyone on a boat needs to know that there is a cloud of carbon monoxide at the back of the boat anytime the engine or generator is running.”

The decals must be approved by the Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW), the state agency responsible for implementing the law. The Department of Motor Vehicles will send the decals out with all new vessel registrations. DBW will also make the decals and accompanying information brochures, available to the public.

“In developing a decal that meets the intent of the law, we collaborated very successfully with industry, boating associations, and the U.S. Coast Guard to develop a single label that will be used nationwide rather than having different labels for different states,” explained Tsuneyoshi. “Having all of the affected parties represented in this process allowed us to share knowledge, experience, ideas and concerns that contributed to developing a more useful decal.”

Effective January 1, 2005, the same law banned “teak surfing” or “platform dragging,” a nationwide fad that involves pulling a person through the boat’s wake while the person holds on to the back of the boat. Anyone who operates a vessel’s engine while someone is holding on to or occupying the swim platform, swim ladder, or swim step on a boat can be fined up to $100. The law provides exceptions for briefly assisting with the docking or departure, exiting or entering the vessel, or engaging in law enforcement or emergency rescue activity.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas in motor or generator exhaust. Nationwide, there were 571 reported boating-related carbon monoxide poisonings, including 113 deaths, between 1990 and 2004. Forty-three of the poisonings occurred in California.

The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning may include severe headache, dizziness, confusion, nausea, fainting and death. The symptoms can be similar to the effects of intoxication or too much sun, though, and most victims will not recognize the danger before it is too late. If carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected, get the victim fresh air immediately and seek medical care.

For a pamphlet on the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and a warning decal, visit www.dbw.ca.gov, call (888) 326-2822, or write to Department of Boating and Waterways, 2000 Evergreen Street, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95815.



04/18/2005

Contact: June Iljana
(916) 651-5692
e-mail: pubinfo.dbw.ca.gov

April 18, 2005

DBW Presents 2005 Distinguished Public Service Awards


Each fall, the Federal Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program announces the availability of funds to upgrade or construct transient boating facilities for recreational boats 26 feet in length and over.

Marina owners who want to upgrade their transient boat docks should apply to the Department of Boating and Waterways for the BIG Program. The grant program is open to both publicly owned and privately owned marinas.

The BIG Program is a competitive program, with all proposed projects competing against each other on a national basis. Nationally, $8 million in BIG funding is available this year each year. Eligible project categories under the program include the renovation or construction of visitor docks, restrooms, gangways, and dockside utility hookups.

The anticipated application deadline is October 15, 2005. Applicants must submit a grant proposal to the Department of Boating and Waterways following the federal guidelines, available at the DBW website, at www.dbw.ca.gov//Funding/BIG.aspx. Applications will be accepted September 15 through October 15, 2005.

Applicants should review the federal guidelines first to determine if they are able to meet the necessary requirements. After reading the guidelines, those interested in competing in this program should contact Kevin Atkinson, at (916) 327-1788. The Department will announce any changes to the deadline on the DBW Web site as information becomes available.



03/25/2005

Contact: June Iljana
(916) 651-5692
e-mail: pubinfo.dbw.ca.gov

March 28, 2005

DBW Presents 2005 Distinguished Public Service Awards


 

The California Department of Boating and Waterways honored three boaters this month with the 2005 Distinguished Public Service Award. U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary member Edward E. Sweeney III of Roseville, and U.S. Power Squadrons members Norman Pennington of Belmont and Kenneth L. Griffing of Hacienda Heights were all recognized this month for their contributions to boater safety and education in California.

Griffing was selected to receive the award in recognition of his exceptional service to the boaters of Southern California as a leader in the U.S. Power Squadrons. “Ken Griffing epitomizes the character of an organization dedicated to the mission of teaching and promoting recreational boating safety,” said DBW Director Raynor Tsuneyoshi, who presented the award at the U.S. Power Squadrons District 13 Spring Conference March 19 in San Pedro.

Since joining the Rio Hondo Power Squadron in 1991, Griffing has completed every course offered by U.S. Power Squadrons, achieving status as a Vessel Safety Examiner and Senior Navigator, and has served in nearly every office of his squadron and district. His accomplishments include leading the development, testing, and publication of new editions of the Piloting and Advanced Piloting courses incorporating state-of-the-art electronic navigation.

Pennington was honored on March 19 at the U.S. Power Squadrons District 25 Spring Conference in Concord to recognize the dedication with which he has embraced the education mission of the U.S. Power Squadrons. “Mr. Pennington shows his commitment to the ideals of the U.S. Power Squadrons by sharing his safe boating knowledge with boaters throughout northern California,” said David Johnson, acting deputy director of DBW who presented the award.

Over the past 21 years, Pennington has served in many capacities including commanding his squadron and district. As Chairman of Cooperative Charting for the district, he has been instrumental in educating members in the procedures and techniques required to fulfill the USPS commitment to provide updates and corrections to the charts boaters use to navigate. Also serving as squadron educational officer, he has exercised his leadership, motivating his squadron to exceptional achievement which earned educational awards.

Sweeney was selected for the award from among the U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary members in California to recognize his outstanding motivation as an Auxiliarist. “Ed’s efforts to educate the public about boating safety is unsurpassed, ” said Johnson, who presented the award at the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary District 11 North, District Training Conference March 12 in Sacramento .

Since joining the Gold Country Flotilla in 2001, Sweeney has earned the designations of Crew, Instructor, Vessel Examiner, Land Mobile Operator, Auxiliary Coxswain, Air Observer and Marine Dealer Visitor. He has also completed courses in Administration, Communication, Patrols, Weather, Seamanship, Advanced Coastal Navigation, Navigation Rules, Advanced Coastal Navigation, Search and Rescue Specialty Courses and Part A and B Specialty Courses and has achieved the coveted AUXOP status. Contributing more than 1,000 volunteer hours, Sweeney has assisted 193 people, conducted 63 vessel safety checks, and participated in 15 marine dealer visits. In addition, Sweeney serves as his district public affairs officer.

The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary was established by Congress in 1939 to assist the Coast Guard in promoting boating safety. More than 30,000 Auxiliarists volunteer in non-law enforcement programs such as public education, vessel safety checks, safety patrols, search and rescue, maritime security, environmental protection and programs for youth.

With 60,000 members, U.S. Power Squadrons is America's largest nonprofit boating organization dedicated to making boating safer and more enjoyable by teaching classes in seamanship, navigation and related subjects.

The Department of Boating and Waterways 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.



03/15/2005

Commission Approves $6.6 million in Infrastructure Improvements


At a meeting in Sacramento Friday, the California Boating and Waterways Commission approved $6,633,000 in Department of Boating and Waterways loans and grants for boating infrastructure improvements. The approved projects are:

San Luis Obispo County – Lopez Lake Boat Launching Facility

The Commission approved a grant of $83,000 in initial funding for a $763,100 project to replace boarding floats and a courtesy dock, resurface the parking area and marina road, and install two new fish-cleaning stations.

Sacramento County – Sacramento Marina – South Basin

The Commission approved a Phase II loan of $5,150,000 on a $6,500,000 project to reconfigure the marina, construct berth covers, install gangways, replace dock utilities, dredge, and add three fuel dispensers.

Marin County – Sausalito Marine Center

The Commission approved a $1,400,000 recreational marina loan requested by Zack’s Inc., contingent upon the applicant providing sufficient loan collateral to meet department requirements. The loan will be used to make improvements to the floating docks, install new dock and utility boxes, pave the parking area/dry boat storage area, convert the canvas shop into a harbormaster’s office and maintenance shop, improve and expand the decking and improve the warehouse.

Department loans and grants require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission, appointed by the Governor. Funding for the projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of gasoline for their vessels and from the repayment of loan principal and interest.

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Note: Photos of the project sites are available at http://www.dbw.ca.gov/PressRoom/



03/01/2005

Boating and Waterways Commission to Meet March 11th


The California Boating and Waterways Commission will consider approving $6,633,000 in Department of Boating and Waterways loans and grants and time extensions for existing loans during a meeting March 11 in Sacramento .

“These projects are an example of how we give back to California’s boaters in a practical way,” said Boating and Waterways Director Raynor Tsuneyoshi. “New and improved boating facilities support a vibrant boating community in our state that keeps 284,000 Californians employed.”

The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Radisson Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane, in Room 304 at 8:30 a.m.. The proposed projects to be considered are:

San Luis Obispo County – Lopez Lake Boat Launching Facility

The Commission will consider a grant of $83,000 in initial funding for a $763,100 project to replace boarding floats and a courtesy dock, resurface the parking area and marina road, and install two new fish-cleaning stations.

Sacramento County – Sacramento Marina – South Basin

The Commission will consider a Phase II loan of $5,150,000 on a $6,500,000 project to reconfigure the marina, construct berth covers, install gangways, replace dock utilities, dredge, and add three fuel dispensers.

Marin County – Sausalito Marine Center

The Commission will consider a $1,400,000 recreational marina loan requested by Zack’s Inc. and secured by a second deed of trust on the property. The loan will be used to make improvements to the floating docks, install new dock/utility boxes, pave the parking area/dry boat storage area, convert the canvas shop into a harbormasters office/maintenance shop, improve and expand the fixed decking and improve the warehouse.

Department loans and grants require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission, appointed by the Governor. Funding for the projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of gasoline for their vessels and from the repayment of loan principal and interest.

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Note:Photos of the project sites are available at http://www.dbw.ca.gov/PressRoom/




02/04/2005

Students Honored for Boating Safety Artwork


Ten California children were honored for their boating safety artwork in the “2005 Safe & Wise Water Ways” poster contest. This is the 12th consecutive year of the contest, which was developed by the Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) to increase children’s awareness of boating and aquatic safety.

“Water-related accidents are the second leading cause of accidental death among people age 4-19,” said DBW Director Raynor Tsuneyoshi. “We believe that safety lessons learned and practiced early stick with people throughout their lives. This effort is contributing to lower accident rates now, but also five, ten and twenty years from now.“

The contest is a classroom project designed around themes such as “wear a life jacket,” “keep our waterways clean,” “learn to rescue safely,” and “alcohol, drugs and boating don’t mix!” These messages echo concepts taught in the AquaSMART program of teaching material available to educators for classroom use at no charge. The lessons meet the California curriculum standards and is divided into three parts, for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. High school students are served by the AquaSMART Boating program for grades 9-12.

“Each year we reach about 350,000 public school kids with messages about staying safe on and near the waterways,” Tsuneyoshi said.

One winner was chosen from each grade. The winning artists are:

Kindergarten: Nancy Her from Taylor Skills Elementary in Stockton.

First Grade: Emanuel Cardenas of Merwin Elementary in Covina.

Second Grade: Lauren Courtright of St. Robert Catholic School in Sacramento.

Third Grade: Sara Bertram from St. James Catholic School in Perris.

Fourth Grade: Joanne Crandall from Olive Grove Charter School in Los Olivos.

Fifth Grade: Alexandra Smith from Fort Washington Elementary in Fresno.

Sixth Grade: Jane Reimel From Ramona Middle School in La Verne.

Seventh Grade: Kevin Chu from Lewis Middle School in San Diego.

Eighth Grade: Mike Fraser from Dwyer Middle School in Huntington Beach.

Honorable Mention: Mayra Meza of Willenberg Special Education Center in San Pedro.

The “Safe & Wise Water Ways” Contest was awarded the 2003 National Boating Education Advancement Award, given by the National Safe Boating Council at the 2003 International Boating and Water Safety Summit. Sponsors include Kawasaki Jet Ski, Radio Disney, the Southern California Marine Association and the Northern California Marine Association.

The Department of Boating and Waterways 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.

Visit our education Web site at www.BoatSmarter.com.

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Note: The poster is on our Web site at http://dbw.ca.gov/PosterContest/html/2005poster.html



02/03/2005

oast Guard Auxiliary Updates Float Plan Web Site

Sacramento –The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA) announced this week that they have updated their Float Plan Central Web site at http://floatplan.uscgaux.info/ . The plan is a concise way to communicate information about the vessel, the people on board, and the itinerary so that someone on land knows where the vessel should be at any point in time.

With that in mind, the Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) reminds recreational boaters about the importance of preparing a float plan. “There is a trade-off when people seek the solitude of the water,” said Raynor Tsuneyoshi, DBW Director. “Preparing a float plan and giving it to someone who is concerned about your safe return is considerate and it provides detailed information that rescue personnel need to find those onboard in an emergency situation.”

The one-page Coast Guard Auxiliary Float Plan includes the Boating Emergency Guide™ with step-by-step directions for the holder of the float plan to follow when there is concern for the safety of the people on board the vessel.

Float plans are not only for large boats and ocean-going vessels. They should also be filed by others taking to the water, including canoeists, personal watercraft operators, rafters, rowers, sail boaters, sport fishermen and water skiers. Hikers, hunters and campers will also find them a valuable part of planning their activities.

The Department of Boating and Waterways 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.

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The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Press Release is available on our Web site.