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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!

Paul Thorpe
Recreational Boating Association of Washington

Check out these ways to keep oil from leaking from your bilge, to make it easier to pump out sewage, and to prevent incidental discharges...
and it's all FREE

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?

The Sea Grant program, which is a part of the University of Washington College of the Environment, does all this and more. For commodores, clubs, and others, your point of contact is Aaron Barnett at 206-616-8929 or aaronb5@uw.edu

Oil-absorbing bilge socks: Aaron has hundreds of these for free give-aways and typically mans a booth at the boat show to carry them. The sock comes as one 15-inch absorbent with a loop to help tie it off.

Fittings/Adapters to help with pump-outs: Aaron has a supply of these as well. You can also go to www.pumpoutwashington.org to download an instructional vidoe or a Google interactive map of all pumpout sites in the state.

Lastly, Aaron is available to come to yacht clubs and boating clubs to speak on cheap and easy ways to prevent incidental discharges from your boat. Just give him a call or send him an e-mail.

"Going North" this season?   BE AWARE of these changes to Navigation
NEW Denman Island Cable-Ferry RESTRICTS transit thru Baynes Sound Channel

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).

Despite initial assurances from BC Ferries that this new ferry system would have NO effect on transiting boaters (the pull-cable submerges deep, a short distance from the ferry, even when being pulled across the channel), an obscure regulation in the Canada Navigation Act forbids other vessels to cross the path of active cable-ferries, so now there are red-green "traffic lights" on each shore. If you transit this oft-used pass when lights are red during each 10-minute crossing, you are liable for a $500 fine or 6 months in jail. This ferry is scheduled to run typically two times per hour, thus recreational and commercial boat traffic can be impeded as much as 1/3 of each hour!

Click here to view the "poster" advising the new ferry and its effect on transiting boaters.
Further details can be found here...

This notification courtesy of CoBCYC (Council of British Columbia Yacht Clubs), as presented in their joint yearly meeting with RBAW (Recreational Boating Assn of WA)

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