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‘Operation Dry Water’ looks to reduce drinking and boating

Posted: June 29, 2013 6:20 p.m.
Updated: June 29, 2013 6:20 p.m.

With school out and the Fourth of July just around the corner, deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Parks Bureau are out in force this weekend at Castaic Lake and Pyramid Lake to keep boaters out of hot water with the law.

The effort, dubbed “Operation Dry Water,” is a national campaign to lessen the instances of drinking and boating, according to Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Bob Amstutz.

Much like checkpoints that are held periodically to screen drivers who may be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Operation Dry Water is meant to serve as a visual deterrent to those who might be considering operating a boat under the influence.

Along with signage announcing that the operation is going on, officials from the Sheriff’s Department Parks Bureau screened boats to check for any illegal activity. Amstutz estimated that deputies would check every three boats or so.

Amstutz said the timing of the campaign is meant to coincide with both the end of the school year and the Fourth of July.

The operation continues Sunday at both Castaic and Pyramid lakes.


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