So. Md. Slated to Receive $1.929M for Waterway Improvement Projects - Southern Maryland Headline News

So. Md. Slated to Receive $1.929M for Waterway Improvement Projects

ANNAPOLIS — Governor Martin O’Malley and the Maryland General Assembly have approved $26.7 million in State Waterway Improvement Funds and an additional $1 million in anticipated federal funds in the fiscal year 2008 Budget, to improve public boating access and support boating safety projects in Maryland’s waterways. Approved projects include, among others, dredging federal, state and local navigation channels, developing and maintaining public boating access facilities, acquiring fire/rescue and patrol boats, and installing marine sewage pumpout stations.

Southern Maryland is slated to receive $1,929,000 of the total $27.7M. $99,000 will go to Calvert to fund 1 project, $580,000 to Charles County to fund 5 projects, and $1,250,000 will go to St. Mary's County to fund 10 projects. The specific projects are identified below:

Calvert Chesapeake Beach  Replace existing deteriorated bulkhead adjacent to boat ramp area. $99,000
Charles Nanjemoy Creek Dredging Dredge navigation channel to improve access to an existing public boat ramp.  $251,000
Charles Mallows Bay / Wilson Farm Construct boat launch, boarding pier, access road, gravel parking lot, handicap parking space, trailer turn-around area, associated fencing and signage. $99,000
Charles Newburg Volunteer Rescue & Fire Dept. Acquire marine fire/rescue equipment to serve boating public. $50,000
Charles Nanjemoy Volunteer Fire Dept Acquire fire/rescue boat to serve boating public. $50,000
Charles Smallwood State Park
Sweden Point Marina
Replace sections of existing floating docks at the boat ramp piers, re-side Marina Services Building, and power wash/paint Boat Concession Building. $130,000
Southern Maryland Southern Maryland Boat Facilities
Regional State Boating Facilities
General maintenance/repairs to boat ramps, public landings, and dock systems at various State Parks in Southern Maryland. $100,000
St. Mary's St. Mary's County
County-wide Maintenance Grant
Provide repairs to various locally owned public boat ramps and landings as needed. $99,000
St. Mary's St. Inigoes Landing Resurface existing parking area and roadway.   $99,000
St. Mary's Piney Point Landing Replace existing wooden bulkhead with a stone revetment.  $99,000
St. Mary's Piney Point Landing Pave existing parking area located on the river side of the landing.  $99,000
St. Mary's Bushwood Wharf Landing Pave existing parking area and roadway and construct an overflow parking area.   $99,000
St. Mary's Leonardtown Wharf Project Replace deteriorated bulkhead and construction piers and docking facilities for the boating public.  $300,000
St. Mary's Greenwell State Park Construct T-section at end of existing transient boating pier and install mooring buoys in Quarter Creek for the boating public. $80,000
St. Mary's Pt. Lookout State Park Boating Facility Construct new floating dock for transient boaters, construct covered slip for Park vessel, and install electric/lighting at Hoffman's Boat Pier. $125,000
St. Mary's Colton Point Pier Re-deck existing public boating pier. $50,000
St. Mary's St. Mary's River State Park Boating Facility Pave existing parking lot at boat ramp facility and construct storage shed for the Park Service vessel. $200,000

All boats titled in Maryland are charged a 5 percent vessel excise tax that is directed to the Waterway Improvement Fund. These funds are used to provide grants and loans to federal, state and local agencies for a variety of projects and activities that support the general boating public. The fund also receives 0.3 percent of the State’s motor fuel tax that is attributed to vessel use.

“The Waterway Improvement Fund is essential for continued enhancements to recreational and commercial boating in Maryland,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin. “The more than 130 projects selected will surely have a significantly positive impact on the lives of Marylanders as they utilize and enjoy our aquatic resources.”

Since 1966, the Waterway Improvement Fund has provided over 4,000 grants valued at $234 million to develop nearly 300 public boating access sites, complete over 170 navigation projects, and support hundreds of other boating related projects and activities throughout Maryland.

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