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boater-outreach-banner A Lake Berryessa boater receives his free boater education and toolkit from a Lake Berryessa Boater Outreach intern and Bilgee, the Protector of Clean Waterways

Solano County Boater Outreach

The Solano County Boater Outreach Program connects with recreational users of local water resources in Suisun City, Rio Vista, and at Lake Berryessa (Napa County). The program aims to promote individual water quality stewardship that will help safeguard our drinking water and protect some of our region’s most precious natural ecosystems, including the Sacramento River and the Suisun Marsh.

boater-outreach-02 A boater installs an oil absorbent pillow in his boat’s bilge compartment after conducting a Dockwalker survey At all three locations, our Boater Outreach Interns conduct educational Dockwalker surveys in partnership with the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways and California Coastal Commission. The program includes:

  • Conducting outreach and education with boaters by administering the Dockwalker surveys;
  • Distributing free materials that capture pollutants such as boat oil and fuel;
  • Distributing free educational resources on water pollution prevention;
  • Maintaining a free oil absorbent exchange program that enables boaters to properly dispose of contaminated bilges for oil recycling and install a clean pad in their boat bilge compartment.

Lake Berryessa

Markley Cove, Steele Canyon, Pleasure Cove, Spanish Flat, and Putah Creek Resorts; Capell Cove (Bureau of Reclamation)

The Lake Berryessa Boater Outreach Program aims to protect the drinking water supply for over 500,000 Solano County residents from pollution. In conjunction with the Boater Outreach Program, the Solano County Water Agency manages an invasive mussel prevention program to avert the introduction of invasive zebra and quagga mussels into Lake Berryessa.

boater-outreach-01 A Rio Vista Boater Outreach intern conducts an educational Dockwalker survey with a boat owner at the Delta Marina To help protect Lake Berryessa, the Lake Berryessa Watershed Partnership formed in the early 1990s and is facilitated by Solano RCD. The partnership is a voluntary group of agency representatives, local non-profit organizations and private citizens who work together to educate boaters, campers, day visitors and other lake users about the importance of water quality as well as good personal stewardship practices.

Rio Vista

Sandy Beach Regional Park, the Delta Marina, and the City Municipal Launch

The Rio Vista Boater Outreach Program is an environmental education effort targeting recreational boaters visiting the lower Sacramento River region. The Sacramento River is a popular fishing, swimming, and boating destination as well an important water supply for many cities in Solano County, so protecting it from motor oil and gasoline pollution is a stakeholder priority. In addition to oil and gasoline pollution, the river is also at risk for contamination by trash debris (including monofilament fishing line), illegally discharged boat sewage, and invasive plant and/or animal species.

Suisun City

Suisun City Waterfront Marina and the City Municipal Launch

The Suisun City Boater Outreach Program targets recreational boaters and boat owners visiting Suisun Slough, the Suisun Marsh, and Grizzly and Suisun Bays. Home to many different plants and animals, the Suisun Marsh is one of the largest remaining contiguous brackish tidal marshes in the western United States and because of that, water quality is a top concern.

The Solano County Boater Outreach Program is a locally funded initiative supported by the contributions of the members of the Lake Berryessa Watershed Partnership including the Solano County Water Agency, Solano County and its city jurisdictions, Napa County, and the Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District.

For more information on this program, please contact Marianne Butler.

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Solano Resource Conservation District

1170 N Lincoln, Ste. 110
Dixon, CA 95620

Phone: (707) 678-1655 x 101

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