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June 13, 2008

$6.372 Million in Grants and Loans for Boating Facilities Approved

SACRAMENTO—The California Boating and Waterways Commission has approved $6.372 million in boating facility improvement grants and loans. 

The grants and loans awarded by the commission yesterday will go toward two Northern California boat launching facilities and one San Francisco Bay Area small craft harbor improvement project. The grant and loan recipients are:

Colusa Boat Launching Facility, Sacramento River  -- City of Colusa
The commission approved a $340,000 grant to fund a study that will determine the feasibility of moving forward with the construction of a new Colusa boat launching facility. The City of Colusa will use this grant  to identify the appropriate scope and estimated cost for the potential project.  The preliminary cost estimate for the entire project, which is not being considered at this time, is $2.4 million.

Knights Landing Boat Launching Facility, Sacramento River — Yolo County
The commission approved a $732,000 grant for improvements to the Knights Landing boat launching facility.  The proposed project includes widening the existing ramp to accommodate boarding floats; installing two new boarding floats; adding slope protection, electrical, lightning and a potable water system; and constructing sidewalks, a turnaround and restroom,  and a project and directional sign.

San Francisco Marina— San Francisco City/County
The commission approved a $5.3 million loan to fund improvements to the San Francisco Marina’s West Harbor.  The commission also approved the transfer of  $500,000 in loan funds already approved in fiscal year 2006/2007 for the East Harbor to the West Harbor project.  The proposed improvement project consists of demolition of existing berths and construction of reconfigured berths in the West Harbor; upgrading of electrical and water dock utilities; installation of new barrier-free access gangways with security gates; construction of a new breakwater; replacement of revetment; mole removal; dredging; and improvement of buildings.  The Boating and Waterways Commission has consented to loans totaling $17 million to the City/County for the San Francisco Marina West Harbor project.  The total loan amount from the department to San Francisco Marina will be $25,650,000 and the total project cost will be $25,850,000.

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 to a county, city, district or other public agency for the construction and development of small craft boat launching facilities and loans 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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