Federal spending bill supports recreational boating community

Published On: March 31, 2022Categories: Industry News, News

President Biden recently signed into law the fiscal year (FY) 2022 appropriation bill, which includes significant funding for the recreational boating industry and takes into account funding for the Department of Commerce, the Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association website.

Included in the $1.5 trillion spending bill are programs that benefit Great Lakes and Everglades restoration, marine sanctuaries, and the broader $689 outdoor recreation economy, of which recreational boating and fishing is the number one contributor across 39 states and D.C.

Below is a summary highlighting some of the key provisions of the spending bill.

Department of Commerce

  • Provides $1.5 million for the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account, which would continue the Department’s analysis highlighting the impact that outdoor recreation has on the U.S. economy.
  • Includes $64 million for NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, including $5 million for NOAA’s efforts to improve and enhance recreational anglers’ and boaters’ experiences in National Marine Sanctuaries.
  • Allocates $21.5 million for harmful algal bloom (HABs) research, monitoring and detection to help accelerate efforts to reduce the severity and impact of HABs.

Department of Interior

  • Grants $348 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative—a program that works to protect and restore the Great Lakes through habitat restoration and the prevention of aquatic invasive species (AIS) and HABs.
  • Provides $43 million for efforts to help prevent the spread of AIS, including invasive carp.

 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

  • Delivers funding for several U.S. Army Corps’ projects that support the recreational boating community, including $350 million for Everglades restoration; $21 million for navigation maintenance; $34.5 million for inland waterway modernization and $45 million for projects at small or subsistence harbors.
  • Directs the USACE to account for recreation-based benefits and costs when considering a project, recognizing the growth of the outdoor recreation industry across the U.S.