PxPixel
Working waterfronts bill introduced in Congress - Trade Only Today

Working waterfronts bill introduced in Congress

Author:
Publish date:

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine last week introduced a bill to amend the Costal Zone Management Act of 1972 to establish a working waterfront grant program.

The bill is referred to as the "Keep America's Waterfronts Working Act of 2009."

"Water-dependent commercial activities are the economic and cultural heart of many coastal communities," according to the bill, which says these activities include recreational and commercial fishing, boatbuilding, aquaculture and other water-dependent businesses.

The purpose of the grant program is to preserve and protect costal areas for these activities and to maintain access to the water.

To qualify for a grant, a coastal state must submit and have approved a comprehensive working waterfront plan or be in the process of developing such a plan and have an established working waterfront program at the state or local level.

The bill calls for $25 million for fiscal 2010 for this plan, $50 million for fiscal 2011 and $75 million for fiscal 2012 and 2013.

The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Related

New boat sales relatively flat in June

New boat sales in June grew marginally, with a 1.1 percent rise in the main powerboat categories and just 0.2 percent growth overall, according to preliminary data from Statistical Surveys Inc., a Michigan firm that tracks registrations.

Mazu releases new sportfishing app

Technology and satellite communications company Mazu has launched a sportfishing app that seeks to give anglers weather and sea state information, and provide powerful communications capabilities via satellite.