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California Department of Boating and Waterways

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2000 Evergreen St. Suite 100

Sacramento, CA 95815

1-888-326-2822 (Voice - Toll-free)
1-916-263-0650 (FAX)


The mission of the California Department of Boating and Waterways is to provide safe and convenient public access to California's waterways and leadership in promoting the public's right to safe, enjoyable, and environmentally sound recreational boating. Since the 1950's,acquatic recreational trends have become topics of interest, from water-skiing to fishing to windsurfing to personal watercraft operation.The Department of Boating and Waterways (or "DBW" for short) was created to help develop convenient public access to the waterways and promote on-the-water safety. Funded by vessel registration fees, boating fuel tax dollars, and boating facility construction loan payments, DBW's programs include: officer training, financial aid and equipment grants for the more than 100 local and state agencies that provide boating law enforcement; voluntary education for boaters in kindergarten through college and non-students; loans for the construction of marina and grants to build boat launching ramps; aquatic pest control in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta; coastal beach erosion control; vessel sewage pumpout stations grants; and helping local agencies pay for abandoned vessel removal.

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Mon Mar 26, 2012