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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 15, 2011

Contact:
Ashley Spratt, 612-713-5314
Julie Morin, 612-713-5156

USFWS Major Boating Grant to Support Transient Boat Dock for City of Rock Island, Illinois

 
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today the Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program will fund a transient boat dock at the existing Schweibert Riverfront Park in the City of Rock Island, Illinois, situated at the midpoint between St. Louis, Mo., and St. Paul, Minn., on the Mississippi River. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, in cooperation with the City of Rock Island, will receive $1,500,000 and match that amount with $565,000 to add a floating dock system that will accommodate 23 transient boating slips.

The Mississippi River is a major attraction for tourists and recreational boaters from St. Paul, Minneapolis, St. Louis and other nearby metropolitan areas, and, serves as a critical transportation link for commercial barge traffic.  The new transient dock in the City of Rock Island will provide this popular tourist destination with the opportunity to accommodate more visitors and thus generate economic benefits for the local community and its residents.

“Rock Island is a beautiful escape for folks from larger cities in the upper Midwest,” said Julie Morin, grant coordinator with the Service. “The Boating Infrastructure Grant Program provides the opportunity for towns like Rock Island to expand their capabilities to accommodate more visitors and thus provide an economic boost for the local community.”

Funding for the BIG Program comes from the Sport Fishing and Boating Trust Fund, formerly known as the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund, which boaters and manufacturers support through excise and other taxes on certain fishing and boating equipment and boat fuels.

Grantees use Boating Infrastructure Grant funds to construct, renovate, and maintain facilities with features for transient boats (those staying 10 days or less) that are 26 feet or more in length and used for recreation. Grantees may also use funds to produce and distribute information and educational materials about the program and recreational boating.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

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Last updated: November 4, 2013