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Boating and Waterways Commission to Consider $631,000 Grant for Boating Launching and Facility Improvement

Contact:  Gloria Sandoval (916) 651-5692
cell (916) 715-1657

September 30, 2009

SACRAMENTO - The California Boating and Waterways Commission will meet Oct. 6 in Sacramento to consider a $631,000 boat launching and facility improvement grant. The meeting is open to the public and will convene at 9:30 a.m. at the Courtyard Sacramento Cal Expo, 1782 Tribute Road.

The commission will consider approving the grant to the County of Shasta for improvements to the Balls Ferry Boat Launching Facility located on the Sacramento River. The proposed project includes demolition of the existing deteriorated ramp, construction of a new single-lane boat launch ramp with vertical curve and a pre-cast vault restroom, installation of a new boarding float, resurfacing of the existing parking area, new sidewalks and lightning, a concrete project credit sign, and low-maintenance landscaping and ancillary items. The estimated total project cost is $810,000. This total includes the current request of $631,000 and a previously approved Boating and Waterways grant totaling $179,000 awarded October 2007.

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.