Boating industry priorities included in bipartisan infrastructure bill

August 17th, 2021

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 […]

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Feds send $1 billion to state wildlife agencies

March 3rd, 2021

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is distributing $1 billion to state wildlife agencies through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR). Generated by the hunting and angling industries, these funds support regional conservation projects across the country. The 2021 WSFR apportionment is $121 million higher than the 2020 apportionment due to increases […]

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Federal grants pay for boating infrastructure projects

June 27th, 2019

The Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program, which funnels federal fuel taxes paid by recreational boaters back to the states to attract visiting boaters with amenities such as secure overnight dockage, has $24.7 million in funds available to local governments, port agencies, private marinas and boat clubs. The associated visiting boater spending that BIG projects draw […]

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$1 billion to states for recreation access, conservation

April 11th, 2019

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is distributing more than $1 billion this year to support increased outdoor access and wildlife habitat conservation across all 50 states and U.S. territories. The funds are generated through excise taxes on hunting, shooting, fishing equipment and boat fuel. Authorized by Congress through the Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife […]

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