The Barry County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard will be participating in the National Operation Dry Water to heighten awareness and enforcement for boating under the influence infractions Over the course of the Holiday weekend. Boaters will notice an increase of officer patrols on the water and at recreational boating check points. The combined efforts of the participating law enforcement agencies will result in the removal of impaired operators, providing a safe and enjoyable experience for boaters. Operating a vessel under the influence of drugs and alcohol is illegal on all bodies of water and can lead to serious injuries, death and legal consequences. In Michigan it’s illegal to operate a vessel with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher. Boaters should always boat sober and wear a life jacket when on the water.