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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Department Awards $10.5 Million to Enhance Boating Access and Navigation

18 Maryland Counties Receive Waterway Improvement Fund Grants

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is providing $10.5 million in Waterway Improvement Fund grants to improve public boating access and navigation throughout the state.

Passed by the Maryland General Assembly and signed by Governor Larry Hogan, this critical funding will go toward 49 projects in 18 counties from Allegany to Worcester.

“Through this grant program, we are improving the quality of life of our citizens and visitors through the development and enhancement of various water access sites throughout the state, while expanding opportunities for the public to appreciate all that the Chesapeake Bay, coastal bays and their tributaries have to offer,” Governor Larry Hogan said. “The boating industry supports thousands of jobs in Maryland and contributes billions to our economy.”

Funded projects include the dredging of local navigation channels, maintaining public boating access facilities, improving parking and upgrading existing infrastructure such as bulkheads, piers and ramps. Funding is also provided to local first responders to enhance water rescue operations.

“From cruising the Chesapeake Bay to maneuvering the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean, boating is a way of life in Maryland,” Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “The Waterway Improvement Fund is a vital state resource that ensures that residents and visitors alike will continue to benefit from Maryland’s world-class recreational boating opportunities for years to come.”

The Waterway Improvement Fund was created in 1966 to support the development, enjoyment and use of Maryland’s waters for the benefit of the general boating public. It is primarily derived from a five-percent vessel excise tax on boat purchases and titling.

CountyProject Location and/or RecipientProject Description
AlleganyRocky Gap State Park, FlintstoneDesign and construct Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant walkway leading to boat ramp
Anne ArundelBroadwater Creek, DealeMain channel dredging to restore boating access
Anne ArundelCarrs Creek, DealeMain channel dredging to restore boating access
Anne ArundelCitywide AnnapolisPublic boating facilities improvements
Anne ArundelParrish Creek, Shady SideInstall single lane boat ramp with floating pier and paved turnaround
BaltimoreBird River and Railroad Creek, White MarshMain channel dredging to restore boating access in Bird River and Railroad Creek
BaltimoreGunpowder Falls State Park – Dundee Creek Marina, Middle RiverDredge material placement site restoration
BaltimoreMiddle River Volunteer Fire and Rescue CompanyPurchase of fire/rescue boat and trailer
Baltimore CityBaltimore City Fire DepartmentPurchase fire/rescue boat
Baltimore CityCanton Waterfront ParkParking lot improvements (Phase 2) including increasing green space at boat ramp facility
Baltimore CityDowntown Sailing CenterContinued improvements for the establishment of one marina and expansion of another along Key Highway
CalvertHallowing Point Boating Facility, Prince FrederickDevelop master plan for expanded Hallowing Point facility
CalvertNorth Beach Volunteer Fire DepartmentPurchase of a new fire/rescue boat
CarolineChoptank Marina, PrestonImprovements to existing pier, pump-out dock and fuel relocation
CecilCharlestown Volunteer Fire CompanyPurchase new fire/rescue boat
CecilChesapeake City Back Creek BasinDredging Back Creek Basin and the town dock/slips.
CecilElk Neck State Park, North EastConstruction of breakwaters for the Rogues Harbor boating facility
CharlesSmallwood State Park, MarburyRe-deck the boating ramp piers and the marina concession pier at Sweden Point Marina
CharlesSmallwood State Park, MarburyDesign of bulkhead replacement along the Sweden Point Marina waterfront
DorchesterCambridge Municipal MarinaMarina bathhouse renovations
DorchesterElliott Island Marina, ViennaConstruct stone jetty
DorchesterTar Bay, Church CreekDredging Tar Bay  – local cost share for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ channel
DorchesterVienna Waterfront ParkExtension of North and South Piers to provide additional slips
HarfordCity Yacht Basin, Havre de GraceDredging fairways, marina basin and approach channel
HarfordFlying Point Park, EdgewoodEngineering, permitting and renovation of the west pier to include re-decking and raising the pier
HarfordOtter Point Creek – Bush River, EdgewoodEngineering for maintenance dredging Otter Point Creek – Bush River
KentChestertown MarinaReplace bulkheads and piers at Chestertown Marina
KentTurners Creek Public Landing, KennedyvilleBoat ramp improvements including new timber bulkhead, new concrete ramp and parking lot resurfacing
Prince George’sLaurel Volunteer Rescue SquadPurchase new fire/rescue boat motor
Prince George’sPrince George’s County, Fort WashingtonPurchase new high performance all-terrain airboat for water rescue
Queen Anne’sKent Island Volunteer Fire Department, ChesterPurchase of fire/rescue boat motors and equipment
Queen Anne’sKent Narrows, GrasonvilleMaintenance dredge the north side Kent Narrows, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ channel
Queen Anne’sMatapeake Terminal Gas Dock, StevensvilleReplacement of gas dock and fuel system
SomersetBrick Kiln Pier, CrisfieldRemoval of pilings at Brick Kiln pier and beach that impede navigation
SomersetWebster’s Cove Marina, Princess AnneReplacement of 190 feet of deteriorating bulkhead at Webster’s Cove Harbor
St. Mary’sCountywidePublic boating facilities improvement
St. Mary’sPoint Lookout State Park, ScotlandRe-deck marina boardwalk and piers
St. Mary’sSt. Clements Island, Coltons PointRe-deck the north and south light house piers
StatewideFederal Sport Fish Restoration Boating Projects MatchState match for proposed federal sport fish restoration boating projects
StatewideGeneral RepairsComplete dredging, navigation, and storm damage repair as needed in designated public shallow water navigation channels or publicly owned boating facilities
StatewideLiving Shoreline ProjectsDesign and construction of living shoreline projects by the department’s Shoreline Conservation Service
StatewideReplace Ice-breakerReplace M/V Tawes ice-breaking buoy tender
TalbotBack Creek Park, St. MichaelsConstruction of waterman’s pier, and small boat access, including electric and water connection for facility
TalbotDogwood Harbor, TilghmanMaintenance dredging of Dogwood Harbor and the inlet to the harbor
TalbotTownwide – OxfordMaintenance and repairs to public boating facilities, including installation of floating dock
WicomicoMardela Springs Boat RampBoat ramp improvements
WicomicoRiverside Boat Ramp, SalisburyReplace existing boat ramp
Worcester64th Street Boat Ramp, Ocean CityEngineering and construction to dredge channel at 64th Street boat ramp
WorcesterPublic Landing Marina, Snow HillResurface and overlay parking lot

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

waste of taxpayers $