Hogan: $13.5M in Waterway Improvement Fund grants

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan yesterday announced $13.5 million in Waterway Improvement Fund grants for Fiscal Year 2022 to enhance and improve public boating access, facilities, and navigation throughout the state.

The announcement – coming during the fourth day of the governor’s tour of the Eastern Shore – was made at the Ocean City Fire Department, which received $50,000 for a fire and rescue vessel engine replacement.

“Boating is not just an important part of our history and our culture, it is also an important part of Maryland’s economy,” said Governor Hogan. “The announcement of these new grants is yet another shining example that Maryland is open for business, open for summer, and open for boating.”

The funding will go toward 60 projects in 19 counties, including grants for statewide projects and emergency water rescue needs.

Projects include new public boating access, amenities, and facilities; dredging of navigable waterways; emergency vessels and equipment for local first responders; and other important infrastructure and initiatives.

The Waterway Improvement Fund was created in 1966 to support the development, enjoyment, and use of Maryland’s waters for the benefit of the general boating and cruising public.

It is primarily derived from a five-percent vessel excise tax on boat purchases and titling.

Photo: Governor Larry Hogan