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DBW Dodges a Bullet – for Now

Boaters dodged a bullet last week when California passed the state budget . . . without Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposal to merge the Department of Boating and Waterways (aka Cal Boating) with the Department of Parks and Recreation. The real reason for the proposed merge appears to have been to raid DBW’s well-run wallet to make up for Parks’ ever-present deficit. Thanks to a ‘Call to Arms’ by Recreational Boaters of California that urged the boating community to make their voices heard, the proposal was slashed from the final version of the budget.

But RBOC isn’t congratulating themselves too much yet. They note that the proposal could be submitted on its own at any time, and they’re encouraging boaters to let your legislators know that you’re opposed to the elimination of DBW. To find out more, go to

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