Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. presented a Government Reorganization Plan, which merges the Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) into the Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks).
All DBW budget items will be transferred to State Parks effective July 1, 2013. The Department of Finance will designate a new program number for the Division of Boating and Waterways.
The Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) will become a Division under State Parks. The merger will not result in staff layoffs. Additionally, the merger will leave intact the major organizational structure of Boating and Waterways, including its principal mission, function, and funding for boating constituencies across the state.
The Director position at DBW will be eliminated. The Chief Deputy Director position will be reclassified as the Deputy Director of the Division of Boating and Waterways. The Deputy Director will be appointed by the Governor and Senate, and will report to the Director of State Parks.
The Deputy Director of the Division of Boating and Waterways will also take over this role.
AB737 preserves the Commission, with some changes to its oversight responsibilities.
No. As part of the merger, Boating and Waterways staff will be moved to existing State Parks location-either Headquarters (1416 9th Street) or 1 Capitol Mall.
The services, programs and funding that Boating and Waterways has been providing to California’s recreational boaters will not be impacted. In fact, Boating and Waterways will be able to leverage the administrative, operational, grants assistance and recreational expertise of State Parks to improve service delivery to the public, constituents and staff.
The merger leaves intact the principal mission, function and funding for DBW and its boating constituencies across the state. DBW funding is already dedicated and earmarked to support its programs and recreation for California’s three million boaters. What the merger will do is combine similar functions for greater streamlining and efficiencies of operations, resulting in permanent savings. It will also make us an integrated Department, which will allow us to more efficiently advocate for the protection of natural resources and recreation opportunities.