[Federal Register: September 28, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 189)]
[Page 58284]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

The Secretary of the Interior Adopts National Framework for 
Survey of Boat Access Needs

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Secretary of the Interior has adopted the National Boating 
Infrastructure Grant Program's survey approved by the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) under control number 1018-0106 as the 
national framework for boating access needs required in 16 U.S.C. 777g-
1 Sec. 7404(b).

ADDRESSES: For copies of the national framework survey, contact Mr. 
Steve Farrell, Boating Infrastructure Grants Project Officer, U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service, Division of Federal Aid, 4401 North Fairfax 
Drive, Suite 140, Arlington, Virginia, 22203, (703) 358-2156 or 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Steve Farrell (703) 358-2156.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public Law 105-178, Transportation Equity 
Act of the 21st Century (TEA-21), June 9, 1998, requires that the 
Secretary of the Interior, in consultation with the States, shall adopt 
a national framework for a public boat access needs assessment that may 
be used by the States to determine the adequacy, number, location, and 
quality of facilities providing access to recreational waters for all 
sizes of recreational boats. The Secretary has delegated the 
responsibility for developing the national framework to the U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service (Service). The Service has received OMB approval 
for a survey that will serve as the national framework. State officials 
may obtain the survey by contacting the person listed under ADDRESSES.
    Each State that conducts a public boat access needs survey shall 
report its findings to the Secretary for use in the development of a 
comprehensive national assessment of recreational boat access needs and 
currently available facilities. This report is expected to be presented 
to Congress at the end of 2003. States may fund the cost of conducting 
this assessment out of Sport Fish Restoration funds dedicated to 
motorboat access to recreational waters under 16 U.S.C. 777g-1 Sec. 
7404, subsection (b)(1).
    States, using data gained through these surveys, may develop plans 
for the construction, renovation, and maintenance of facilities for 
transient nontrailerable recreational vessels, and access to those 
facilities, to meet the needs of nontrailerable recreational vessels 
operating on navigable waters in the State.
    The comprehensive national assessment of recreational boat access 
needs and facilities presented to Congress at the end of 2003 may be 
used to help determine future legislative action related to 
recreational boating access needs.

    Dated: September 15, 2000.
Jamie Rappaport Clark,
Director, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 00-24948 Filed 9-27-00; 8:45 am]