The U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Service gave recreational boaters and anglers good news May 9 when it announced
program competitive grants totaling $14.27 million to 10 states and Washington,
D.C. from the Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program. The Service also will
provide $2.48 million to 27 states willing to match smaller, non-competitive
grants. These funds will pay for the construction of boat slips for transient
boats more than 26 feet in length.
"These grant funds come from the ‘user pays, user benefits’ BIG program of the
Sportfish and Boating Trust Fund, which MRAA strongly backs, and help support
boating, fishing and many small businesses,” says Matt Gruhn, MRAA president.
The funds come from federal
excise taxes and other taxes on fishing equipment and gasoline. They pay for
floating docks, fixed piers, mooring buoys, sewage pump-out stations, and other
infrastructure to help provide access to the water and local communities for