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TPWD News Release — Aug. 29, 2005

Public Boating Access Projects In North Texas Get Funding

AUSTIN, Texas — Three new public boating access construction and renovation projects on lakes near the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex will be getting more than $860,000 in matching federal funding assistance from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The funding grants are provided through the State Boating Access Program and authorized by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. The program provides funds for the construction and maintenance of public boat ramps, access roads and related improvements. Program funds may also be used for capital improvements to existing state boat ramp sites.

The boating access construction projects are planned for the following lakes:

All facilities will be operated and maintained by the local government sponsors.

The boating access grant program is funded by the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program. The revenue comes from the federal gasoline taxes generated by recreational boaters every time they purchase gas for their boats. The program reimburses sponsors 75 percent of the cost for approved projects.

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