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TPWD News Release — Jan. 30, 2006

TPW Commission Approves $1.5 Million for Boating Access

AUSTIN, Texas — Thanks to action by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission Thursday, the City of West Tawakoni will be able to build its first boat ramp on Lake Tawakoni, and the Willacy County Navigation District will be able to dredge the Port Mansfield channel to navigable depths.

Those are just two of the six boating access projects TPW commissioners voted to fund in their January meeting. The action will provide $1,541,957 in State Boating Access Program matching grants to local entities on both inland and coastal waters.

“We’re interested in providing additional opportunities for boating access where needed,” said Tim Hogsett, TPWD’s recreation grants director. “This is pass-through money. It’s a reinvestment back into boating of tax dollars that have been paid by boaters.”

Hogsett said TPWD now awards the grants twice a year, with deadlines June 30 and Oct. 31.

The State Boating Access Program was authorized in 1975 by the 64th Legislature. The program provides funds for the purchase, construction, renovation and maintenance of boat ramps, access roads and other related facilities to improve public recreational boating access to public waters.

The program receives funding from the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act, also known as the Wallop-Breaux Program. Construction for approved projects is supported on a 75 percent (federal), 25 percent (local) basis.

Wallop-Breaux funds are derived from federal gasoline taxes paid by boaters and by law must be used to facilitate access for motorized vessels.

The approved projects are:

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