The California Clean Boating Network consists of a collaboration of government, environmental, business, boating, and academic organizations working to increase and improve clean boating education efforts in California. Through the exchange of information and consideration of new trends in clean boating practices, CCBN members increase their ability to educate the boating public about clean boating practices.
The Need for Boater Education
There are approximately one million boats registered in California. While most boaters appreciate the natural resources that abound in the watersheds in which they boat, many are unaware of the impacts boating can have on those resources. Water pollution problems associated with boating include discharges of oil, fuel, sewage, trash, fishing line, toxic cleaning and maintenance products, bottom paints, gray water, and invasive aquatic species. Members of the California Clean Boating Network (CCBN) believe that the contribution of pollution from boating to California’s waterways can be significantly reduced by educating boaters about the impacts of boating and about environmentally sound boating techniques.
Who Participates in the CCBN?
CCBN members include environmental organizations, academic institutions, marine businesses, marine and boating associations, harbor patrol officers, port district commissioners, city and county officials, state agencies, the USCG & Auxiliarists, the US Power Squadron, National Estuary Projects, and others interested in boating education throughout the state.
Changing Tide Newsletter
The Changing Tide newsletter is the quarterly publication of the California Clean Boating Network (CCBN). The newsletter is dedicated to promoting clean boating practices in California by focusing on new trends in clean boating practices and environmental services for boaters. Each issue also showcases great boating destinations throughout California.
To order paper copies
of the current Changing Tide newsletter,
The current issue is Spring 2013.
Here are the previous issues of Changing Tide:
- Winter 2012
- Summer 2012
- Spring 2012
- Winter 2011
- Summer/Fall 2011
- Spring 2011
- Winter 2010
- Summer/Fall 2010
- Spring 2010
- Winter 2009/2010
- Summer/Fall 2009
- Spring 2009
- Winter 2008
- Summer 2008
- Spring 2008
- Winter 2007
- Summer 2007
- Spring 2007
- Winter 2006
- Summer 2006
- March 2006
- September 2005
- Volume 6, Issue 2, 2005
- Spring 2005
- December 2004
- March 2004
- Volume 8, Issue 2, 2004
- Volume 6, Issue 1 2003
- Winter 2001-02
- Volume 5, Issue 2, Fall 2001
- Fall 2000
- Volume 4, Issue 2, Summer 2000
- Volume 4, Issue 1, 2000
Projects in the CCBN Action Plan
The CCBN "Action Plan" proposes a number of projects, some of which have already been completed. Projects include:
Catalog of Marina and Boater Pollution Education Materials. This catalog provides an easy way to obtain educational materials.
A list of oil and sewage disposal facilities, and other environmental services in California marinas. Available on the website.
Point of Purchase Displays. CCBN members have collaborated to education boaters through information posted at marine supply shops
Dockwalkers. CCBN member organizations exert “pier pressure” by training boaters to teach other boaters to be better environmental stewards.
Boat Show Outreach. CCBN members collaborate to provide education at boat shows throughout California.
San Joaquin Chapters
California Coastal Commission
California Department of Boating and Waterways
|Southern CA Chapter
Santa Monica Bay
Here are some photos from previous California Clean Boating Network Meetings!
Invasive Species Workshop (Stockton, March 20, 2008)
On March 20, 2008 The Keep the Delta Clean Program, the California Coastal Commission and the California Department of Boating and Waterways’ Boating Clean & Green Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, University of California Cooperative Extension - Sea Grant Extension Program, California Department of Fish and Game and the Stockton Sailing Club conducted an Invasive Species workshop.
Workshop participants learned how to:
Protect the quality of recreation and aquatic ecosystems
Identify aquatic invasive species,
Understand their economic costs and operational impacts
Inspect trailerable boats to prevent the spread of invasive species in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and California waterways.
See the presentation slides from the California Department of Fish and Game and the Fish and Wildlife Service and from the California Department of Boating and Waterways.