Des Moines, Iowa – Law enforcement officers will be boosting their presence on Iowa’s lakes and rivers this weekend as part of a national effort called Operation Dry Water. Susan Stocker is boating law administrator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
The Operation Dry Water campaign begins Friday and runs through Sunday. Last year, over the three-day period, 10 people were arrested around the state for boating while intoxicated (BWI). Officials also issued 161 warnings or citations.
Stocker is encouraging boaters, especially those behind the wheel, to drink water rather than alcohol.
Iowa law was changed five years ago — reducing the blood alcohol level for boating while intoxicated from .10 to .08 percent — the same as a motor vehicle. In Iowa, there are more than 235,000 registered boats.