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


Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

March 13, 2009

SACRAMENTO - The Boating Clean & Green Program will host "Dockwalker" trainings in April for individuals who want to promote environmentally-sound boating throughout California's marina communities.

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 a fantastic way to interact with boaters to help keep California's marinas, waterways, and ocean clean and healthy. The training provides an overview of safe 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 80,000 boater kits statewide. Hours spent training or educating the public qualify as community service.

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

The "Dockwalker" trainings will be held at the following times and locations:

April 4, 2009 - Marina Del Rey
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club
13589 Mindanao Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292

Partners: Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation, Association for Santa Monica Bay Yacht Club, Women's Sailing Association, Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club and the Fairwind Yacht Club.

April 11, 2009 - San Rafael
10 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.
Loch Lomond Yacht Club
95 Loch Lomond Drive, San Rafael, CA 94901

Partners: U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Loch Lomond Yacht Club and Marina.

April 16, 2009 - Sacramento
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sacramento Marina, Captain's Lounge
2710 Ramp Way, Sacramento, CA 95818

Partners: Keep the Delta Clean Program, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and the Sacramento Marina.

April 25, 2009 - Eureka
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center
921 Waterfront Drive, Eureka, CA 95501

Partners: Humboldt Baykeeper, Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

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The Boating Clean & Green Program 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.