Become a Dockwalker,
Help Keep California's Waterways Clean

Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692

February 1, 2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California’s Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) and Coastal Commission’s Boating Clean and Green Program invite boaters to become Dockwalkers. 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.

“Working toward keeping California’s waterways free from environmental hazards such as oil, fuel, sewage, trash and marine debris is what drives volunteers to participate in the Dockwalker Program,” stated DBW’s Acting Director Lucia Becerra. “It is rewarding for them to know that their efforts now will help future generations enjoy clean waterways.”

The Dockwalker Program educates boaters to be safe and environmentally sound while boating in California through its volunteer Dockwalkers. The volunteers are trained to conduct face-to-face boater education and distribute boater kits with educational information while visiting marinas, boat launch ramps, boat shows and events. Hours spent training or educating the public qualify as community service.

Marinas and yacht clubs also benefit from the Dockwalker Program. Involvement in this program provides marinas and yacht clubs with the educational materials and tools to operate a clean boating facility and minimize water quality impacts.

To become a volunteer, please contact the program coordinator, Vivian Matuk, at (415) 904-6905 or visit for more details and to view the 2013 Dockwalker Training Schedule.

Partnerships with the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation (DBW Clean Vessel Act Program), the Keep the Delta Clean Program, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the U.S. Power Squadrons, and many more organizations have made this program successful. Since the year 2000, more than 700 volunteers have become Dockwalkers and more than 90,000 boater kits have been distributed throughout California.


The Boating Clean and 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.