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‘Operation Dry Water’ To Begin On City’s Waterways

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — “Operation Dry Water” begins Friday and will last through the weekend.

They’ll be extra sets of eyes looking for boaters whose abilities might be alcohol impaired.

U.S. Coast Guard in Pittsburgh says they will be doing random stops on the rivers during the daylight and evening hours to make sure the rivers are safe.

There are more than 70,000 registered boaters in the Pittsburgh area – 25,000 in Allegheny County alone.

The Coast Guard will be joined by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and other local law enforcement agencies.

This initiative is part of a nationwide boating safety campaign that coincides with the first full weekend of summer.

The boating season got off to a tragic start, including the death of a 24-year-old woman near the dam in Edgeworth.

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