NASBLA News (July 2016)

NASBLA discontinues flagship publication

logoDespite efforts over the last three years to preserve its flagship magazine Small Craft Advisory (SCA) amidst deep, ongoing cuts in U.S. Coast Guard grants, as the result of an unprecedented 60 percent reduction in the annual Partnering Grant (a cut totaling more than $400,000), the NASBLA Executive Board has adopted a revised operational budget which will eliminate SCA effective immediately.

Recognized as the singular voice of the recreational boating community and the state boating safety programs for more than 30 years, the award-winning NASBLA magazine has made important contributions to recreational boating safety and to advancing the states’ public policy agenda. Over the last three decades, SCA has played a pivotal role in not only communicating, but also illuminating the stories behind the policy decisions — stories about people and programs that have shaped our understanding of the challenges facing boating safety, as well as the initiatives we have taken to address those challenges.

kim 2016 smallIn addition to closing its flagship publication, NASBLA will also be eliminating our editor’s position through more than $100,000 in staff-related budget reductions. Sadly, NASBLA will say goodbye to longtime NASBLA editor and writer Kimberly Jenkins who has diligently served in this post for 15 years. Kim has been an invaluable member of the NASBLA team who has contributed far more to our association than just a high-quality magazine. Her professional editing, proofreading and photography assistance has been brought to bear on literally thousands of NASBLA documents and published products throughout the years, and her presence both as a friend and valued colleague will be sorely missed.

Although Small Craft Advisory will no longer be published in its “long-form” format nor appear as the email periodical SCA Weekly, NASBLA will continue its weekly email communications and news service communique under the simple banner of NASBLA Weekly. Although it will no longer link to feature-length stories, NASBLA Weekly will continue to provide timely and insightful articles on issues of importance to the states and the broader recreational boating safety community.

Register for NASBLA Annual Conference

savethedate2016NASBLA’s 57th Annual Conference kicks off in less than two months. Don’t miss this event! Be sure to register today.

The NASBLA Annual Conference is a combination learning conference, annual business meeting, committee meeting, workshop, learning lab and colleague roundtable event for state recreational boating safety professionals and others in the RBS community.

Every year, the annual conference provides focused learning sessions, thought-provoking speakers, an expansive expo hall and plenty of networking opportunities.

NASBLA accepting award nominations | Deadline July 31

NASBLA Awards1Do you know a leader who is embracing the challenges facing recreational boating safety and enforcement, who isn’t afraid to take chances and who is making an impact on recreational boating safety? Those are the types of people we’re seeking to recognize in the 2016 NASBLA Awards program.

NASBLA is now accepting nominations for its numerous annual association awards. Honorees will be recognized at the awards luncheon during the NASBLA Annual Conference. This year’s conference is being held Sept. 10-14 in Seattle. The annual awards ceremony is always a highlight of the conference and presents a great opportunity to recognize a colleague, co-worker, staff member or other deserving individual on a national level.

The deadline to submit nominations is July 31.

NASBLA launches nominations for Innovations in Outreach Award

Innovations AwardHave you developed a new and creative initiative to reach boaters and market boating safety? If so, here’s your chance to gain some recognition for your hard work. Submit a nomination for the Innovations in Outreach Award today! The deadline is August 15, 2016.

NASBLA and award sponsor Boat Ed have changed the focus of the Innovations Award to target marketing & outreach efforts. We’d like to know about the innovative ways you’re using to spread the boating safety message. How are you providing information or services to boaters? What are you doing to encourage safety on the water?


NASBLA releases preliminary Operation Dry Water results

Thank you to all of the law enforcement agencies, USCG units and boating safety partners who participated in and supported Operation Dry Water 2016. This year is turning out to be another successful one for the Operation Dry Water campaign as well as ODW2016weekendlogothose who participated and are continuing to make a positive impact on boating under the influence!

The national heightened awareness & enforcement weekend took place two weeks ago, and we would like to share the data we have received so far.

National Results 2016
Reporting 40%
Agencies TBD
Officers 4,390
Vessel Contacts 42,883
Boater Contacts 108,711
Citations 3,771
BUIs (alcohol & drug) 303
Safety Warnings 9,605
Highest BAC 0.38 (IN)


We are very proud of the dedication and hard work you all put into the campaign. You are the core of this campaign and your participation is what continues to make this a successful initiative nationwide!

If your agency or unit participated in Operation Dry Water weekend (June 24-26) and have yet to report your results through the Operation Dry Water website, please click here to submit your report. This we help us determine the impact and success of this year’s campaign.

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