Fish and Wildlife Service hands out millions in boating grants

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More than $12.5 million in grants was recently awarded through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Boating Infrastructure Grant program.

The grants will help fund 14 projects across 11 states, from California to Maine, including construction of docks, boat slips and other facilities to support recreational boating.

"Boating is one of our country's favorite pastimes, and the Boating Infrastructure Grant program greatly enhances recreational opportunities while conserving America's aquatic natural resources," Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said in a statement.

"Spending by boaters provides significant revenues for business owners and employees in every state," he continued. "This program, funded by boaters, is a prime example of the direct economic benefits boating can bring to local economies."

Funding for the program comes from the Sport Fishing and Boating Trust Fund, formerly known as the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund, supported by excise taxes on certain fishing and boating equipment, and boat fuels. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will also release about $3 million to 40 states willing to match a smaller, non-competitive grant program known as BIG Tier One funding.

Click here for a list of the 14 winning grant proposals.

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