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Operation Dry Water ends


Operation Dry Water wrapped up across the nation on Sunday, and the enforcement ended with a relatively slow boating weekend locally.

Local DNR Warden, Eric Grudzinski, says the threat of rain over the weekend may have kept some people off Dane County lakes.

Wardens report just one person arrested for drinking and boating on those lakes.

They say better boating habits could be the result of a greater DNR presence on the water, and that the Operation Dry Water campaign could help set a tone for busier boating weekends to come.

Warden Grudzinski's advice for boaters is to use common sense.

"That's what it boils down to. If you choose to drink alcohol and drive your boat, it puts yourself and others at risk of getting hurt," he said. "And we just want people to be safe on the water."

Grudzinski adds alcohol was the leading contributing factor to recreational boating deaths last year.

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