Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) will be participating in Operation Dry Water June 27th through the 29th, as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and deaths related to boating under the influence (BUI). During the three-day weekend, officers will be on the water reminding boaters about the dangers of boating under the influence and detecting boaters who are impaired. Boating under the influence continues to be major problem nationwide. In fact, the leading factor in boater deaths is alcohol use while boating. CPW would also like to remind boaters that it’s just as dangerous to operate a boat under the influence of marijuana as it is alcohol and the penalties for doing so are identical. Many lakes, reservoirs and rivers in Colorado are considered public property, so open display or use of marijuana is also illegal. Penalties including having your vessel impounded, payment of fines, jail time and loss of boating privileges. Operation Dry Water patrols will include increased patrols, breathalyzer tests, and checkpoints as well as boater education and outreach.