The Sportfishing and Boating Safety Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-178) established the Boating Infrastructure Grants Program (BIG) (16 U.S.C. 777g-1) to provide funding to the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of Guam, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands (States) for the development and maintenance of boating infrastructure facilities for transient, nontrailerable recreational vessels. Nontrailerable recreational vessels are defined as recreational vessels at least 26 feet long operated primarily for pleasure, or leased, rented, or chartered to another for the recreational user’s pleasure. Transient means passing through or by a place, staying up to ten days. The Act amended the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act (16 U.S.C. 777). Subsequent reauthorizations of the Act allow expenditures from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund and the continuation of BIG.
Some examples of potentially eligible activities include:
(a) Mooring buoys (permanently anchored floats designed to tie up eligible recreational vessels);
(b) Day-docks (tie-up facilities that do not allow overnight use);
(c) Navigational aids (e.g., channel markers, buoys, and directional information);
(d) Transient slips (slips that boaters with eligible recreational vessels occupy for no more than 10 consecutive days);
(e) Safe harbors (facilities protected from waves, wind, tides, ice, currents, etc., that provide a temporary safe anchorage point or harbor of refuge during storms);
(f) Floating docks and fixed piers;
(g) Floating and fixed breakwaters;
(h) Dinghy docks (floating or fixed platforms that boaters with nontrailerable recreational vessels use for a temporary tie-up of their small boats to reach the shore);
(i) Restrooms and showers;
(j) Retaining walls;
(l) Dockside utilities;
(m) Pumpout stations;
(n) Recycling and trash receptacles;
(o) Dockside electric service;
(p) Dockside water supplies;
(q) Dockside pay telephones;
(r) Debris deflection booms;
(s) Marine fueling stations; and
(t) One-time dredging, not to exceed 10% of total BIG project costs, including match
Program match amount is 25%. Up to $5.6M is available for Tier 1 projects, $8M for Tier 2 projects.
Grants will be announced in March, 2014.
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