AUGUSTA — Maine wardens will be cracking down on impaired boaters this weekend as part of a national campaign called “Operation Dry Water.”

In Maine, it is illegal to operate a boat with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher.

The Warden Service will increase boating patrols around the state from Friday to Sunday. A news conference is planned Friday to discuss the weekend enforcement push.

Warden Service Lt. Adam Gormely says boaters face prospects of being checked. Those who are drinking will be tested, and those who are impaired will be arrested.

A similar initiative last year across the country resulted in 325 arrests, 4,370 citations and 8,763 warnings.