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Grants will improve boat facilities

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Sixteen boating access points, including Nehalem Bay State Park and Clatsop County’s Westport boating facility, will get state money for improvements.

Oregon State Marine Board approved 16 boating facility grants for motorized and nonmotorized boating access and improvement projects around the state during a special Marine Board meeting Aug. 27.

** Nehalem Bay State Park will receive $103,779 to replace the boarding docks. State parks must provide a $33,500 match for the project.

** Westport boating facility, located in Westport Slough off the Columbia River, will receive $55,439 for consultant services for a lift station and other utilities.

** The Port of Garibaldi will receive $67,200 for pile replacement at the Tillamook Bay Crab Harbor and Ghost Hole floating restrooms. The port must provide $983 in matching funds.

** Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership will receive $22,740 for hands-on boating and water safety education through 12 canoe trips for 250 or more participants from underserved communities. Canoes will launch from Willamette Park in the Lower Willamette River. The group must provide a mach of $11,030.

Other awards will go to Bullards Beach State Park, the Port of Arlington, Yamhill County’s Rogers Landing, the Bureau of Land Management’s Spring Recreation Area, the Port of Alsea, Douglas County’s Amacher Park, the city of Reedsport, the city of Estacada, Coos County’s Tenmile Lake, and Vive NW.

The Marine Board is directly funded by boaters in the form of motorboat title and registration, nonmotorized permit fees, as well as marine fuel taxes.

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