Erin Brockovich, This Means You

Operation Dry Water to focus on intoxicated boaters ahead of July Fourth holiday.

Operation Dry Water

Operation Dry Water is a nationwide campaign designed to stop intoxicated boating.

It’s a little late for environmental activist Erin Brockovich — who was recently released on $1,000 bail after police said she slapped her husband aboard a boat at Lake Mead, Nevada, threw a cellphone overboard and rated a 0.19 blood-alcohol level — but law enforcement agencies across America are gearing up for Operation Dry Water to remind all boaters that driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a major no-no.

This year’s Operation Dry Water will take place June 28-30, just before the Fourth of July holiday. It’s a nationwide education and enforcement initiative launched in 2009 by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Last year, more than 4,500 officers from all 50 states and some federal agencies participated, taking 337 drunken or drugged boaters off the water and issuing an additional 14,514 citations and warnings for boating safety. This year, participation is expected among officers from all 56 U.S. states, trusts and territories.

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