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September 28, 2007

Boating and Waterways Commission to Consider Close to $10 Million
for Boating Facilities October 3

Sacramento – The California Boating and Waterways Commission will meet October 3 to consider close to $10 million in new and phased boat launching facility grants, and discuss small craft harbor loan interest rates, California boating accidents, Quagga mussels (an invasive species), and other matters. The meeting is open to the public and will convene at 8:30 a.m. at the Red Lion Hotel, 1830 Hilltop Drive, Redding, California. The projects to be considered are:

Balls Ferry Boat Launching Facility — Shasta County
The Commission will consider a first phase grant of $179,000 to make improvements to the Balls Ferry Boat Ramp, located on the Sacramento River in Shasta County.  The grant entails the construction of a new single-lane boat launching ramp, a new boarding float, resurfacing of the existing parking area, construction of a pre-cast vault restroom, new sidewalks and lightning, a concrete project credit sign and low-maintenance landscaping and ancillary items.

Ord Bend Boat Launching Facility — Glenn County
The Commission will consider a grant of $579,000 for improvements to the Ord Bend Boat Launching Facility, located on the west side of the Sacramento River in Glenn County.  The proposed project includes construction of a new two-lane boat ramp and installation of one boarding float.  The parking area and access road will be resurfaced and new sidewalks will be constructed.  There will be some refurbishment of the restroom.  Lightning and security measures and a new concrete project credit sign will also be installed.

Bowerman Boat Launching Facility— USDA Forest Service
The Commission will consider a grant funding of $1,305,000 for improvements to the Bowerman Boat Launching Facility, located on Trinity Lake in Shasta County.  The proposed project includes replacement of the lower portion of the boat launching ramp, a new boarding float, resurfacing of the parking area, construction of a new restroom, rock slope protection, an informational kiosk and a project credit sign.

Clark Springs Boat Launching Facility — USDA Forest Service
The Commission will consider a grant funding of $658,000 for improvements to the Clark Springs Boat Launching Facility located on Trinity Lake in Shasta County.  The proposed project will consist the widening of the boat launching ramp sidewalk, a new boarding float, construction of a new restroom, rock slope protection, a new walkway, informational kiosk and a project sign. 

Trinity Center Boat Launching Facility – USDA Forest Service
The Commission will consider a phase 1 grant of $190,000 to make improvements to the Trinity Center Boat Launching Facility located on Trinity Lake in Shasta County.  The proposed project includes the construction of a new boat launching ramp with turnaround, a new boarding float, resurfacing the parking area, construction of a new restroom, rock slope protection, informational kiosk and a project credit sign. 

The phased boat launching facility grants are on the Commission’s consent calendar and include:

Boat Launching Facility Waterbody Grant Amount
Beardsley Point Tri-Dam Project Beardsley Lake $1,521,000
(Final Phase)
Gridley City of Gridley Feather River $300,000
(Final Phase)
Heron Point Stanislaus County Woodward Reservoir $1,300,000
(Final Phase)
Jack Smith Park City of Needles Colorado River $2,357,000
(Final Phase)
Pier 52/54 City & County of
San Francisco
Pacific Ocean $510,000
(Final Phase)
Skippers Point

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Stony Gorge Reservoir

$354,000
(Phase II)
Tisdale County of Sutter Sacramento River $716,000
(Final Phase)
Total Grants $7,058,000

Department of Boating and Waterways loans and grants require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission appointed by the governor. Funding for the projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of gasoline for their vessels and from the repayment of loan and principal interest.

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