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October 5, 2007

$9.5 Million in Grants for Boating Facilities Approved

SACRAMENTO — On October 3, the California Boating and Waterways Commission approved $9.5 million in grants for the construction of boat launching facilities. During a public meeting in Redding in Shasta County, the Commission approved the following projects:

Balls Ferry Boat Launching Facility — Shasta County
A 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
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
A grant funding of $920,000 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, construction of a new restroom, rock slope protection, an informational kiosk and project credit sign.

Clark Springs Boat Launching Facility — USDA Forest Service
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 project sign.

Trinity Center Boat Launching Facility – USDA Forest Service
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 project credit sign.

In addition, the Commission approved $7,058,000 for previously approved grant projects:

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 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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