Types of Projects Eligible and Not Eligible for Recreational Boating Access Funds

517 FW 7
Exhibit 1, 517 FW 7, 04/29/10
Originating Office
Policy and Programs Division
Types of Projects Eligible for Using Recreational Boating Funds:
Examples of projects eligible for recreational boating funds are:

A. Constructing or replacing breakwaters, ramps, floats, piers, bulkheads, roads, parking lots, landscaping, and wash-down stations to facilitate recreational boat use and access.

B. Acquiring an interest in real property in fee title or by lease, easement, or another legally enforceable agreement for access or use by recreational boaters and developing the access sites.

C. Acquiring water rights to secure boating access to public water bodies.

D. Completing engineering design, obtaining permits, and completing other procedures for environmental protection and compliance.

E. Constructing public marinas, including docking and mooring facilities, for use by recreational boaters who stay 10 days or less.

F. Excavating new or deeper boating lanes and removing stumps to make public water bodies accessible to recreational boaters.

G. Constructing, maintaining, and improving dams or other structures to impound water for access to recreational boats.

H. Dredging existing boating lanes or controlling nuisance aquatic vegetation to make a water body more accessible for recreational boats as opposed to general navigation.

I. Constructing sediment traps and basins to protect recreational boating access sites.

J. Improving and constructing access roads, bridges, signals, traffic-control devices, and lighting needed for recreational boaters to travel from public transportation routes to a recreational boating access facility.

K. Constructing and installing restrooms, showers, electricity, pumpout stations, dump stations, potable- water distribution systems, and sewage treatment facilities at recreational boating access sites.

L. Installing fish-cleaning stations, boat hoists, or other features to support use by recreational boaters.

M. Installing on-site navigation aids, public telephones, first-aid stations, wireless Internet, security lights and cameras, and other improvements at recreational boating access sites to enhance the safety and well being of recreational boaters.

N. Providing camping facilities at recreational boat access sites on islands without bridges to the mainland or on other similarly isolated recreational boat-accessible sites.

O. Providing toll-free numbers or producing brochures, maps, user guides, Web sites, signs, and other aids to inform boaters of the types, availability, and locations of recreational boating access facilities.

P. Conducting activities that are necessary to evaluate, design, or schedule eligible recreational boating access improvements. These activities may include appraisals, research, surveys, planning, and public involvement.

Q. Conducting activities that mitigate or compensate for recreational or resource losses that recreational boating access improvements cause, including securing necessary permits or approvals. These activities may include:

(1) Wetland mitigation and replacement;

(2) Relocation of residents, businesses, and their personal property;

(3) Relocation of roads, utility lines, swimming beaches, or facilities that a recreational boating access project displaces or directly impacts; and

(4) Nuisance-abatement practices for sedimentation, noise, water and air pollution, and visual disturbance.

R. Operating recreational boating access sites, facilities, and structures for recreational boaters. Operations are activities necessary for a facility to satisfy its public use function, such as hiring onsite facility managers and hosts, fee collectors, and caretakers to operate the facility in a safe and orderly manner and security agents to protect property.

S. Maintaining recreational boating access sites, facilities, and structures for recreational boaters in a fully functional, safe, and usable condition. Maintenance may include cleaning, trash removal, painting, patching, mowing, snow removal, minor or major repairs, replenishing supplies and materials, paying utility expenses, and servicing pumpout facilities.

Types of Projects NOT Eligible for Using Recreational Boating Funds:

The following are examples of projects that are ineligible for recreational boating funds:

A. Conducting activities that do not directly provide safe or improved access, or associated facilities or services, primarily for the benefit of recreational boaters unless the State prorates costs equitably based on the relative uses or benefits given.

B. Acquiring, constructing, or maintaining enclosed dry-land boat storage or seasonal mooring.

C. Providing personal services or private conveniences above what is needed for public purposes, such as private telephones or television cable connections, boat painting, or mechanical repairs.

D. Conducting activities designed exclusively to benefit private or commercial uses.

E. Activities that promote the State fish and wildlife agency, other State administrative units, or the State.

F. Activities for the primary purpose of producing income.

G. Enforcing fish, wildlife, or boating regulations.