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Decemeber 12, 2008

$100,000 Grant for Boating Launching and Facility Improvement Approved

SACRAMENTO—The California Boating and Waterways Commission today approved a $100,000 grant for improvements to the Brite Valley Aquatic Recreation Area Boat Launching Facility.

The project includes demolition of the existing eroded boat ramp that will be replaced by a new, single lane, V-groove boat launching ramp with a vertical curve and paved road at the top of the ramp.  The  facility is located on Brite Valley Lake in Kern County and maintained and operated by the Tehachapi Valley Recreation and Parks District.

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 provides grants to a county, city, district or other public agency for the construction of small craft boating 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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