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DNR Awards Water Improvement Grants To Queen Anne's County, Federalsburg

ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 14, 2009) — Queen Anne’s County and Federalsburg announced awards this week for major improvements at two heavily used public boat ramps, using grants from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Waterway Improvement Fund.

“Governor O’Malley, the Maryland General Assembly, and Queen Anne’s County Commissioners recognize the importance of providing public boating access to Maryland’s waterways,” said DNR Director of Boating Services Bob Gaudette. “We were happy to provide the County Commissioners with State Waterway Improvement Funds for this worthwhile project.”

On December 8, the Queen Anne’s County Commissioners awarded a contract worth $139,000 to B & W Construction for the replacement of the bulkhead and boat ramp at Thomson Creek. This popular one lane boat ramp located on Kent Island provides access to Thompson Creek, Cox Creek and Eastern Bay. The existing facility had its last major improvement 20 years ago. DNR’s Waterway Improvement Fund will provide over $113,000 of the project cost, and the County will provide funds of over $25,000.

“Thompson Creek is a very popular public boat launch area,” said Gus Gartner, Public Landings Supervisor for the Queen Anne’s County Department of Parks and Recreation. “The County is excited about this project since it will make the ramp easier to use and allow larger boats to launch from this facility. We expect this project to be completed before the start of next crabbing season. I really think that the boating public will be happy with this new ramp.”

Additionally, Federalsburg awarded a contract worth $14,200 to install solar powered security lighting at the VFW Boat Ramp on Marshyhope Creek. This is the latest in a series of improvements to the facility. Other Waterway Improvement funded projects at the site include the construction of a new two lane ADA accessible ramp and shoreline stabilization. The facility is located at the south end of the Marshyhope Creek Greenway Trail. There is no fee to use this facility.

“Without DNR as a partner and Waterway Improvement Fund these projects would not have been possible,” said George Mayer, Main Street Manager for Federalsburg. “The local boaters are thrilled with the newly up-graded facilities and that there are no fees to use the VFW Boat Ramp in Federalsburg.”

Activities of this nature are financed through the Waterway Improvement Fund, the revenues of which come from the 5 percent vessel excise tax that is paid when a boat is titled in Maryland.

   December 14, 2009

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
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