(Chesapeake Beach, MD)– The City of Chesapeake Beach is one of 60 projects in 19 counties to receive funding that includes grants for nationwide projects and emergency water rescue needs.
Through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Waterway Improvement Fund, as requested by the city through a competitive grant process, the city is receiving $ 250,000 in funding to aid the rehabilitation of the Chesapeake Beach Dredge Material Placement Site. This location serves as an important asset in maintaining the Fishing Creek Canal for both recreational and professional fishermen. This project is being financed in the current financial year and work is already underway within the city to use these funds for the upcoming renovation of canal excavators and pier walls.
“Boating is an important part of our history and culture, and an important part of Maryland’s economy,” said Governor Hogan. “The announcement of these new scholarships is another shining example of Maryland’s open for business, summer, and boats.”
The Waterway Improvement Fund was founded in 1966 to support the development, enjoyment, and use of Maryland’s waters for the benefit of the general boating and cruising public. Projects funded include new public boat access, amenities and facilities; Dredging navigable waterways; Emergency ships and equipment for local first responders; and other important infrastructures and initiatives.
These funds are mainly provided from a five percent ship excise tax on the purchase and eligibility of ships. To read the Governor’s press release on the Waterway Improvement Fund and for more information, please click Here.