Operation Dry Water Campaign Recognized for Helping to Protect the Public

AUGUST 06, 2020: The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Power of A Award - 2020has been awarded a 2020 American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Power of A Gold Award for the Operation Dry Water campaign. Operation Dry Water is a year-round boating under the influence (BUI) awareness and enforcement campaign with the mission of reducing the number of alcohol- and drug- related incidents and fatalities through increased recreational boater awareness and by fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use on the water.

ASAE’s Power of A Awards, the industry’s highest honor, recognize the association community’s valuable contributions on the local, national and global levels. The Power of A Awards reward the outstanding accomplishments of associations and industry professionals who work tirelessly to solve problems, and strengthen lives, the workforce, the economy and the world.

“We are proud that the Operation Dry Water campaign is being recognized for the work being done to prevent boating under the influence and the positive impact it has on society”, said Cody Jones, NASBLA Chair. “NASBLA, the local, state and federal agencies that participate in the campaign and our outreach partners are working continuously to educate recreational boaters about the heartbreaking and life-changing outcomes that come from choosing to boat under the influence and to enforce the boating safety laws that keep others safe.”

Through the work of the national Operation Dry Water campaign and the year-round efforts of the hundreds of agencies that participate, thousands of recreational boaters are being contacted and educated at the local level and hundreds of impaired operators are being removed from the waterways. During the 2019 campaign's three-day heightened awareness and enforcement weekend, 736 local, state and federal agencies joined forces in every U.S. state and territory to prevent boating under the influence. Officers made 563 BUI arrests for both drugs and alcohol and made contact with 271,286 boaters.

“Congratulations to the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators on being named among the very best organizations that go above and beyond their tax-exempt purpose to improve society and our quality of life in America and abroad,” said ASAE President and CEO Susan Robertson, CAE. “This has been a very trying year for associations, but even amid a months-long pandemic, associations are proving that positive change can happen. More than ever, the Power of Associations is on full display in this year’s award-winning programs, providing tangible evidence that associations will help lead the way toward economic and societal recovery in the months ahead.”

Operation Dry Water is coordinated nationally by NASBLA and produced under a grant from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund administered by the U.S. Coast Guard. To learn more about the Operation Dry Water campaign and boating under the influence, visit operationdrywater.orgClick here to learn more about the ASAE Power of A Awards.