Advisor '99

Perhaps you have heard about recent changes at the Division of Boating and Waterways. When former Director Chuck Raysbrook left to begin his new position as Regional Administrator of the Department of Fish and Wildlife's San Diego Region, I was appointed as Interim Director, to serve until Governor Gray Davis makes a formal appointment of a new Director. By way of background, between 1972-1989, I served in various positions within DBAW, including five years as Chief of the Operations Division. Between that time and now, I practiced law, first in the private sector, and then with the Office of Oil Spill Prevention and Response within the Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. I am active in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, an avid boater, and I am very happy to be back at DBAW. I hope to be meeting or renewing my acquaintance with many of you in the new year......Governor Davis has appointed Mary D. Nichols as the new Secretary for Resources. Secretary Nichols formerly served as a presidential appointee with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and was a founding attorney for the L.A. office of the Natural Resources Defense Council. She is a former member of the Air Resources Board and has written extensively on the environment. The Department is one of 14 entities under the jurisdiction of the Resources Agency......The first phase of a $23.5 million DBAW loan project to repair the seawall at Marina del Rey has recently been completed. The work consisted of the structural repair of 200 wall panels and the installation of a cathodic protection system to stop the corrosion of reinforcing steel in the wall. The repair of the remaining 528 panels is currently under way and is scheduled for completion in December of 1999...... On February 1, the Department moved to new offices, at 2000 Evergreen Street, Sacramento, 95815-3831. After twenty years, we had finally outgrown the space at S Street. Our tollfree telephone number, (888) 326-2822, will remain the same, and we have posted an updated telephone directory on our Website.

And the Winners Are…

DBW’s sixth annual Safe & Wise Water Ways Poster Contest concluded in November and the 1999 calendar in now in print. The poster contest is open to students in Kindergarten through eighth grade. The students are asked to submit posters depicting themes from Department’s AquaSMART water safety lessons. The ten AquaSMART lessons include:

  1. Learn to Swim
  2. Wear a Life Jacket
  3. Learn to Float
  4. Reach, Throw, or Row
  5. Look Before You Leap
  6. Don’t Overload Your Boat
  7. Stay With Your Boat
  8. Learn the Boating Rules of the Road
  9. Alcohol, Drugs, and Boating Don’t Mix
  10. Be Polite, Don’t Pollute

The winning artwork is displayed on a poster calendar, which is distributed to all participating schools, national and local boating organizations, the California Legislature and the Governor. The winning students are provided with a $100 savings bond and a medallion, the winner’s school with a framed copy of the calendar, and the winner’s classroom with supplies. The savings bonds and the classroom supplies are being provided by long-time sponsor Kawasaki Motors Corp, USA.

Frequently Asked Questions
About ARB's New Clean Vessel Engine Regs

Editor's Note: The California Air Resources Board's new regulations requiring manufacturers to reduce emissions from new outboard and personal watercraft engines will become effective in three stages -- in 2001, 2004 and 2008. ARB believes that, by 2010, the regulations will achieve a 30-ton-per-day reduction of hydrocarbons and oxides of nitrogen over the current U.S. EPA standards, and 44 tons per day by 2020. ARB estimates that carbureted two-stroke engines discharge up to 20-30 percent of their fuel unburned into the air and water.

ARB will also require that each new engine be provided with a label to certify that the engine complies with the new regulations. The label will feature from one to three stars, depending on the emission level, with three stars indicating the lowest level of exhaust emissions.

New Standards for Cleaner Watercraft

Q:Is the Air Resources Board banning 2-stroke engines used for boats?

A:No, the Air Resources Board (ARE) has developed standards based on actual emission levels, regardless of engine type, for new outboard and personal watercraft engines. These standards do not ban two-stroke engines. The ARB’s emission standards reflects currently available clean-burning engine technology.

Q:What types of watercraft are affected by ARB’s regulations?

A:The regulations apply to gasoline-powered outboard engines, personal watercraft (for example, Jet Skis and Wave Runners) and jetboats only. Sterndrive and inboard engines are not included in ARB’s regulations at this time, but are being studied for future emission reduction programs.

Q:Will I have to buy a new boat engine?

A:No. The regulations adopted by the ARB set exhaust emission standards for engines sold in California starting in 2001. The regulations do not require the retrofitting of pre-2001 model year engines, or require the purchase of new engines.

Q:Will I be able to sell my pre-2001 model year engine in California?

A:Yes. There are no restrictions on the sale of pre-2001 model year engines. In addition, dealers may continue to sell trade-in engines and pre-2001 model year engines.

Q:Can I still use my boat on my favorite lake or river?

A:Several water agencies have recently restricted access to their lakes or reservoirs in order to protect or improve water quality. Specifically, Lake Tahoe, the East Bay Municipal Utility District and the Santa Clara Valley Water District have each adopted restrictions for their waterways because of concerns about gasoline constituents found in their waters. These actions have been taken on a lake-by-lake basis and have been local rather than statewide.

Q:What engines will be available that meet the new requirements?

A:Manufacturers have already introduced a variety of engines between 2 and 225 horsepower that comply with the new regulations. Several two-stroke direct injection engines have been available on the market. These engines offer consumers improved fuel economy, lower oil consumption, and improved idle performance while significantly reducing pollution and maintaining the performance characteristics of traditional two-strokes. Four-stroke engines are also available that comply with the new regulations. These have been available to consumers for many years and also offer improved fuel and oil economy. Soon the ARB will compile a Buyers Guide listing which engines meet the new standards. Look for the Watercraft Buyers Guide on our web site( or call 1-800-END SMOG to receive a copy.

Q:What about the label program?

A:The marine engine regulations require manufacturers to apply an environmental label to new outboard engines and personal watercraft. These labels clearly identify the emissions performance of new engines meeting the regulations. The intent of these labels is to help consumers choose clean technology engines when making a purchase decision. They also provide water agencies with a distinctive and standardized method for identifying clean technology engines should they need to restrict access to lakes or reservoirs in order to protect water quality.