Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced more than $12.5 million in competitive grants that will be awarded to 11 states ranging from California to Maine for 14 boating infrastructure projects.
The grants will help fund construction of docks, boat slips and other facilities to support recreational boating, and are made available through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program.
Funding for the BIG program comes from the Sport Fishing and Boating Trust Fund, formerly known as the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund, which is supported by excise taxes on certain fishing and boating equipment and boat fuels. The Service will also release approximately $3 million to 40 states willing to match a smaller, non-competitive grant program known as BIG Tier One funding.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, in cooperation with the City of Aransas Pass, will receive nearly $666,000 and match that amount with more than $285,000 to construct 24 slips for transient boats ranging from 26 to 60 feet or greater in length and 7 slips for transient boats 100 feet or over.