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

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

April 28, 2009

SACRAMENTO - The Boating Clean & Green Program will train volunteers Saturday, May 16 to become "Dockwalkers," individuals who promote environmentally-sound boating throughout California's marina communities. The training will take place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Santa Barbara Waterfront Department, 125 Harbor Way in Santa Barbara.

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 environmentally-sound 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.

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. This training is conducted in partnership with the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation and the City of Santa Barbara.

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.