March 13, 2003

Boating and Waterways Commission Approves $1,162,000 in Boating Facility Projects


At a meeting today in Sacramento, the California Boating and Waterways Commission approved four Department of Boating and Waterways grant projects for improvements to boating facilities around the state. The approved projects are:

Butte County - Feather River

The Feather River Recreation and Park District has applied to the Department of Boating and Waterways for a $917,000 grant for improvements to the West Park/Riverbend boat launching facility.

The project includes dewatering the site; replacing the existing ramp and apron with a new two-lane concrete boat launching ramp and apron; installing two boarding floats; constructing a new paved access road, parking area, sidewalk, and restroom; upgrading the sewer and electrical systems; and installing a fish-cleaning station, irrigation, landscaping, shade ramadas, picnic tables, and a project sign.

Del Norte County - Crescent City Harbor Boat Launching Facility

The Crescent City Harbor District has applied to the Department for a first-phase grant of $85,000 for the construction of a proposed $825,000 project to renovate the Crescent City Harbor Boat Launching Facility. The project entails the replacement of the existing boat launching facility with a new two-lane concrete ramp, new boarding floats and gangway, a new barrier-free-access restroom; repairs to the east-side entrance breakwater; the construction of a new barrier-free access fish-cleaning station; extending the water and electrical service; and installing new lighting in the parking area.

Marin County - Petaluma River, Black Point Boat Launching Facility

The County of Marin has applied to the Department for a first-phase grant of $80,000 for a proposed $782,000 project to replace the boat launching facility at Black Point in Novato, on the Petaluma River.

The proposed project will include dredging; replacing the existing boat launching facility with a new concrete ramp and boarding float; repaving the parking area and resurfacing a median; installing a new restroom and fish-cleaning station; constructing a stairway, pay station, information kiosk and drainage; adding a boat washdown area, picnic tables, railroad-tie retaining walls with steps, a power distribution system, landscaping, signage, and lighting; and undergrounding power lines.

Napa County - Napa River, Cuttings Wharf

The County of Napa has applied to the Department of Boating and Waterways for a first-phase grant of $80,000 for a $985,000 project to improve the Cuttings Wharf Boat Launching Facility.

The proposed project will include the demolition of existing site facilities, the construction of a new concrete boat launching ramp and apron with two new boarding floats, and a sidewalk; the dewatering of the site; the repaving and striping of the existing parking area; the installation of a new restroom, lighting, drainage, and rock slope protection, and the addition of two shade ramadas with picnic tables, and a project sign.

Department loans and grants require the consent of the Boating and Waterways commission. The seven-member commission, appointed by the Governor, also advises the Department on matters within its jurisdiction. Funding for the projects is derived from the taxes paid by boaters on the purchase of gasoline for their vessels.

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