Md. Announces Waterway Improvement Fund Grants


The Maryland Department of Natural Resources plans to provide $13.5-million in Waterway Improvement Fund Grants in the next fiscal year.
A total of 45 applicants statewide would receive shares of the funding to support various projects such as new and improved boating access, navigation, and safety. The fund, which has been in operation for more than 50 years, is funded primarily by the one-time, five-percent excise tax paid to the state when a boat is purchased and titled in Maryland, as well as a small portion of the gas tax.

“The Maryland’s Waterway Improvement Fund has been an extremely valuable program for 56 years,” Maryland Secretary of Natural Resources Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio said. “Without it, we would not be able to invest in these essential boating projects in partnership with our counties, waterfront communities, and waterway users.”

DNR will accept Waterway Improvement Fund applications for the next fiscal year through the department’s online ​Grants Gateway.

Maryland DNR provided additional details about these grants:

Caroline County
Choptank Marina, Preston
Fuel tank installation
Marina parking lot restoration

Martinak State Park
Dredged material placement rehabilitation engineering

Dorchester County
Crocheron Wharf, Bishops Head
Bulkhead and parking lot

City of Cambridge, Franklin Street Boat Ramp
Jetty Repairs

City of Cambridge Municipal Marina
Floating breakwater maintenance

Somerset County
Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield
Bulkhead replacement and marina site improvements – Phase 3
$3 million

Webster Cove Marina, Mt. Vernon
Marina improvements

Talbot County
Oak Creek Landing, Newcomb

Windy Hill Landing, Trappe

Wye Landing, Wye Mills

Wicomico CountyCedar Hill Landing, Bivalve
Expansion of existing Wicomico County dredged material placement site

Nanticoke Harbor

Worcester County
South Point Landing, Berlin
Boat ramp restoration. Assateague side

Pocomoke River State Park, Milburn and Shad Landings
Boat ramp replacement and comfort station improvements
$1.2 million

Snow Hill Public Landing
Retaining wall/rip rap engineering

Statewide Emergency Maintenance Dredging

State match for federal Boating Access (BA) and Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) grants

Maryland Pumpout Grant Program

Natural Resources Police Search and Rescue Vessel Purchase(s)

General Maintenance and Repairs to State-Owned Boating Facilities