More Than $13-Million In Waterway Improvement Funds Announced By Governor Moore

Some of that money is coming to Frederick County.

Annapolis, Md (KM) Governor Wes Moore has announced that $13.5-million in Waterway Improvement Funds are being awarded to jurisdictions around the state. The money is used to support new public boating facilities, the dredging of navigable public waterways and the purchase of emergency vessels and equipment for first responders.

“Investing in infrastructure is integral to achieving the full potential of Maryland’s resources,:” says Governor Moore, in a statement. “This partnership between the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and our local jurisdictions is critical to improving, maintaining and promoting the use of our public waterways.”

Frederick County is receiving $100,000 toward the rehabilitation of the Pinecliff Boat Ramp at Pinecliff Park. Washington County is getting $200,000 to build a boat ramp in Williamsport.

“Maryland’s Waterway Improvement Fund is an outstanding example of a user-pay, user-benefit program,”: said Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Josh Kurz, in a statement. “Paid largely by Maryland’s boatingĀ  public, supporting local efforts are critical to this partnership.”

The funds come the one-time, five-percent excise tax imposed on boats which are purchased and titled in Maryland .as well as a small part of the state’s gas tax.

By Kevin McManus