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February 15, 2008

Boating and Waterways Commission to Consider $4.654 Million for Boating Facilities February 21

SACRAMENTO--The California Boating and Waterways Commission will meet February 21 to consider $4.654 million in boating facility improvement grants and loans, discuss copper anti-fouling paint and the department's media campaigns. The meeting is open to the public and will convene at 8:30 a.m. at the Marriott San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf, 1250 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, California.

Grant and loan applications are submitted to the California Department of Boating and Waterways and funding for approved projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of vessel gasoline and the repayment of principal and interest on department-made loans.

The department may provide grants funds to a county, city, district or other public agency for the construction and development of small craft boating launching facilities and loan funds to local agencies for the construction of small craft harbors. These grants and loans require the consent of the seven-member Boating and Waterways Commission.

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Attached: Proposed loan recipients and commission's consent calendar

Proposed grant and loan recipients

Buckhorn -- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

Because of construction cost increases, the commission will consider a USACE request to combine funds from previously approved funding for the Eagle Pass and Buckhorn boat launching facilities to complete the Buckhorn launch facility project as proposed. Total available funds would be $1.8 million. The Buckhorn BLF is the primary boat launching facility on Black Butte Lake, located in Tehama and Glenn counties. The project is anticipated to cost $1.64 million.

Coyote Point - San Mateo County

The commission will consider a grant of $150,000 to the County of San Mateo for improvements to the Coyote Point BLF, formerly known as San Mateo Point. The proposed boat launching facility project includes construction of a new two-unit unisex restroom with utilities to be located approximately 110' from the launch ramp. The restroom will replace the portable chemical toilets currently being used. Previously, the commission consented to grants totaling $575,000 for improvements to this facility.

McClure Point - Mariposa County

The commission will consider a phase-one grant of $136,000 to the Merced Irrigation District (District) for new construction of a boat launching facility at McClure Point on Lake McClure. The total project cost is expected to be $2,400,000. The proposed project entails construction of a new two-lane boat launching ramp. A boarding float will be installed adjacent to the ramp and slope protection will be added to the sides of the ramp. A parking area will be constructed with sidewalks, curbs and lightning. A restroom and associated utilities will be installed, as well as a project credit sign. The commission previously consented to grants totaling $354,000 to the District for improvements at the existing facility at McClure Point.

Coyote Point Marina - San Mateo County

The commission will consider a first phase marina loan of $218,000 to the County of San Mateo for improvements to the Coyote Point Marina. The total project cost is $1,829,000. Funds would be used to replace Dock 29 at the northeastern end of the Coyote Point Marina. The dock, originally built in the early 1970s, has deteriorated over time leaving it unable to withstand the wind and tide cycles of the San Francisco Bay. The commission previously consented to loans totaling $3,450,000 for improvements to the Coyote Point Marina between 1973 and 1996.

Sacramento Marina - City of Sacramento

The commission will consider a final phase loan of $1,475,000 to the City of Sacramento for improvements to the South Basin of the Sacramento Marina. The total project cost is $9,000,000.The South Basin project entails: 1) demolition of existing berths (except 30 existing concrete berths which will be extended) and construction of a reconfigured system containing 171 slips, 2) berth covers, including a portion of the north basin, 3) installation of gangways, 4) replacement of dock utilities, 5) upgrading of shore electric, 6) dredging, 7) construction of a new restroom, 8) construction of a dock connector between the two basins, 9) installation of three fuel dispensers, 10) installation of a fire sprinkler system, and 11) addition of a security system. The commission previously consented to loans totaling $15,675,000 to the City of Sacramento for improvements to the Sacramento Marina.