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June 5, 2006

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

San Francisco – The Boating Clean and Green Campaign will train Delta-area volunteers on Saturday, June 17 to be “Dockwalkers” who promote environmentally-sound boating throughout California’s marina community. The training will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cesar Chavez Central Library, 605 N. El Dorado St., Stockton. An optional Dockwalking activity will follow from 2:10 to 3 p.m.

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. Food and beverages will be provided during the training, and hours spent training or educating the public qualify as community service. In the last five years, more than 500 Dockwalkers have distributed 52,000 boater kits statewide!

The Boating Clean and Green Campaign is an education and outreach program through the California Department of Boating and Waterways and California Coastal Commission. It promotes environmentally-sound boating practices to marine business and boaters. Other partners in the Dockwalker program include the Contra Costa County Public Works, San Joaquin County Department of Public Works, the City of Stockton and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

For information about the Dockwalker program, and to register for training, please visit www.coastal.ca.gov/ccbn/ccbndx.html, or contact Vivian Matuk at (415) 904-6905 or vmatuk@coastal.ca.gov.

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