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Solano County Boater Outreach Program

We connect with the boating communities at Lake Berryessa and waterways across the county to help safeguard Solano County's drinking water and precious natural ecosystems.

  • Become a clean and green boater
    and protect local waterways

  • Find out how you can receive your free 2024 Boater Kit

  • Learn how to install oil absorbents properly

  • Meet Bilgee and engage with our outreach team

What We Do

Our Boater Outreach Program is an education and outreach program promoting environmentally sound boating and visitor use practices to users of Lake Berryessa, a drinking water source for over 500,000 Solano County residents, and other local waterways in Solano County. Since 2006, the Solano Resource Conservation District has administered the now eighteen-year-old program by training and supervising over 70 interns using grant and local funding. Interns are responsible for conducting Dockwalker surveys in partnership with the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways and California Coastal Commission, issuing oil absorbent pillows (bilge pads), supporting a bilge pad exchange program, and providing one-on-one education as well as informational brochures. Since 2008, nearly 70,000 lake users have been educated on clean boating and recreation practices and over 12,000 bilge pads have been installed in boat engine compartments.

As more new visitors use the lake, this water source is exposed to a greater number of pollutants, including oil and fuel, sewage, trash and other contaminants. The Boater Outreach Program helps mitigate these impacts by educating boaters and recreators on how to prevent water pollution and by providing tools, such as the absorbent pillow, to physically remove or capture potential pollutants.

Our Goals

  • Reduce oil pollution in Lake Berryessa by ensuring hundreds of boaters install oil absorbents to physically remove or capture potential pollutants such as boat oil and fuel;
  • Conduct one-on-one outreach and education to boaters by administering the Dockwalker survey in partnership with the CA Coastal Commission, plus stakeholder driven custom surveys conducted with recreational users at day use areas;
  • Bilge pad exchange systemBilge pad exchange systemDistribute free educational resources focusing on water quality and water pollution prevention;
  • Distribute free boater kits that include oil absorbents, tide charts, ABCs of California Boating, a fuel bib, and more. Check back here later this season to fill out the form and receive your free 202 Boater Kit;
  • Encourage boaters to install free oil absorbents and start capturing leaky oil immediately.
  • Maintain a free bilge pad exchange program that enables boaters to properly dispose of contaminated oil absorbents and install a clean absorbent in their boat bilge compartment.

Learn more about Clean and Green Boating and Used Oil Recycling in Solano County by clicking here.


If you are interested in more information, please check out our weekly updates during the summer season documenting the work of our environmental outreach interns here.



Check out some past videos!

Solano County's Boater Outreach Programs are locally funded initiatives supported by Solano County Water Agency, Solano County and the cities of Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Suisun City, Vacaville, and Vallejo, Napa County, Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District, Vallejo Flood & Wastewater District, California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways and California Coastal Commission, and the CalRecycle Used Oil Program. The program is managed and implemented by the Solano Resource Conservation District throughout Solano County.

Contact Us

Solano Resource Conservation District

1170 N Lincoln, Ste. 110
Dixon, CA 95620

Phone: (707) 678-1655 x 101

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