Welcome to the RBAW Web Site
Our web site pages continue to be full of anouncements and updates.
Please scroll down the entire page to view all that is happening with RBAW and its members.
Click Here to Read the Latest Report from Doug Levy, RBAW State Lobbyist
Aquatic Lands Lease Guide
Will you be renewing a lease with Department of Natural Resources on aquatics land?
Seeking a new lease?
Seeking to make modifications that impact your current lease?
Check out this leasing guide from DNR...
RBAW and our colleagues from the Northwest Marine Trade Association have instituted quarterly meetings with senior staff at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). One thing we have asked for is a "no surprises" policy on aquatic lands leases. We've also encouraged DNR to meet early with those who are renewing leases or establishing new ones. We pushed for DNR to produce a guidance document to give Yacht Clubs and other boating organizations a sense of what to expect with aquatic lands leases - and DNR has produced the guide that we have linked here.
Please note in particular the "step by step" information leasing on Page 3, as well as the information that "Most often, changes will not be required until docks or other structures are due for replacement." We have also discussed with DNR the 'stewardship' items on Page 4 of the leasing guide. While they represent the types of desired outcomes DNR aims to achieve with leases, we have been assured they are not rigid, "thou shalt" prescriptive requirements, and that DNR can and will negotiate trade-offs with lessees that are site-specific, realistic, and achievable. Remember, DNR is acting in an "ownership" role of these State lands, not as a regulatory agency hamstrung by rigid rules.
DNR also provided four samples leases with identifying info redacted which you may find helpful...
|Lease 1||Lease 2||Lease 3||Lease 4|
We hope this leasing guide is helpful and encourage you to contact RBAW Board Officers, or state lobbyist Doug Levy (Levy4@msn.com) with any questions or concerns!
Recreational Boating Association of Washington
Boaters - with summer coming into full swing, don't forget to have enough life jackets on board for you and your guests! If you run short, or you know of others who need life jackets, here is information about a "Life Jacket Loaner" program administered by Washington State Parks - and below is a Google Map link so you can see where they are located (more prevalent in Western Washington but also in Eastern Washington):
Life jacket loaner programs provide opportunities for families and friends to borrow life jackets at boat ramps, swim beaches and other locations. The Washington State Parks and Recreation Boating Program, the Department of Health, Safe Kids and Seattle Children's partner to provide a list of life jacket loaner programs, with the goal of preventing drowning in Washington State. Wearing a life jacket while swimming in lakes, rivers, oceans, and while boating is important for your safety and the safety of children, family, and friends.
Click here to view the Google Map of Programs...
If you've ever had problems with oil leaking from your bilge? Could you use some adapters to make it easier for you to pump out sewage after a boating trip? Want advice on cheap and easy ways to prevent incidental discharges?
"Going North" this season? BE AWARE of these changes to Navigation
With BC Ferries’ cable ferry coming into service, there will be new transit light operations in the Baynes Sound Channel. The transit lights will inform boaters when the Baynes Sound Connector is in transit and when it is safe to cross the channel. Safety is BC Ferries’ first priority, so we urge all marine traffic either operating or transiting in the area to be aware of these changes, as well as the Navigation Act’s Ferry Cable Regulations*.
Many recreational boaters do "go behind" (to the west of) Denman Island to obtain shelter from the Strait of Georgia when transiting north from Nanaimo toward Comox or Campbell River along Vancouver Island's eastern shore. BC Ferries has just this spring, completed installation of the Denman Island cable-ferry; at 0.9 miles, it is the longest in the world (to replace the previous propeller-driven ferry, which took too much staff to operate).
Click here to view the "poster" advising the new ferry and its effect on transiting boaters.
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