The $1.2 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act passed by the U.S. Senate includes funding for recreation-based ports and waterways, funding for climate resiliency measures and reauthorizes the $750 million Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association website.
Here are some key recreational boating industry priorities included in the bill:
- Reauthorizes the $750 million Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund—a user-pay, user-benefit system, and the backbone of aquatic conservation projects across the country.
- $10 billion to support U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recreation infrastructure priorities. (Note: USACE manages 12 million acres of recreation lands and waters, with 256 million American visiting USACE-managed recreation sites each year.)
- $455 million annually for five years for the Department of Transportation’s Port Infrastructure Development Program (PIDP), which will allow significant improvements to port facilities on coasts, rivers and the Great Lakes.
- $7 billion for USACE infrastructure priorities, which includes funding for projects on storm damage reduction and coastal storm risk management.
- $4.35 billion for Western water infrastructure, which will promote ecosystem restoration and make boating access more resilient across the West.
The legislation now proceeds to the U.S. House of Representatives.