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Maryland Waterway Improvement Fund Awards $13.5 Million

Projects Funded Statewide for Improved Boating Access, Navigation, and Safety

Photo of bayside boat ramp in Ocean CityThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources is providing $13.5 million in Waterway Improvement Fund grants in Fiscal Year 2021 to enhance and improve public boating access facilities, water safety, and navigation throughout the state.

This funding will go toward 43 projects in 17 counties, along with grants for statewide projects and emergency needs. Funded projects include renovations to public boating access infrastructure such as boat ramps, piers, pilings, bulkheads; dredging of navigable waterways; icebreaking and emergency water rescue vessels and equipment for emergency and first responders.

“We remain committed to expanding recreational boating opportunities for our citizens and visitors,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio said. “These important projects provide improved access and safe navigation of Maryland’s world-class waterways.”

The Waterway Improvement Fund was created in 1966 to support the development, enjoyment, and use of Maryland’s waters for the benefit of the general boating and cruising public. It is primarily derived from a five-percent vessel excise tax on boat purchases and titling.

Projects to be funded in Fiscal Year 2021:

Anne Arundel County

Cape St. Claire Community, Annapolis
Beach nourishment project

Annapolis Fire Department
Fire rescue vessel line deployment equipment

Citywide Street End Access, Annapolis
Floating dock installation

Ellen O. Moyer Park, Back Creek, Annapolis
New dock 

Riviera Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Pasadena
Fire rescue vessel pump replacement

Baltimore City

Living Classrooms Foundation
Marina improvements

Baltimore County

Community Volunteer Fire Department of Bowleys Quarters, Middle River
New fire/rescue boat

Calvert County

Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons 
Replacement of boat basin pier and bulkhead 

Solomon’s Island Boating Facility, Solomons 
Repaving and striping of boating facility parking lot

Solomons Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad
Inflatable rescue vessel and equipment

Caroline County

Choptank Marina, Preston
Maintenance dredge

Martinak State Park, Denton
Bulkhead and dock replacement at boat ramp
$2 million

Cecil County 

Dredge Material Placement Site, Charlestown
Upgrades and repairs to dredge material placement site

Water Witch Volunteer Fire Company, Port Deposit
Replacement of fire boat motor and equipment

Charles County

Sweden Point Marina, Smallwood State Park
Repair and replace utility pedestals at marina

Dorchester County

Cambridge Municipal Marina
Marina repairs and improvements

Countywide Boat Ramps
Engineering for improvements at countywide landings and boat ramps

Hoopersville boat ramp, Fishing Creek
Boat ramp replacement

Town of Secretary Boat Ramp
Floating dock and pier redecking at boat ramp

Frederick County

Riverside Center Park, Frederick
Boat ramp upgrade

Harford County

Mariner Point Park, Joppa
Remediation and construction of the Mariner Point dredge material placement site
$1.2 million

Kent County

Cliff City Boat Ramp, Chestertown
Bulkhead and rip rap

Turners Creek Boat Ramp, Kennedyville
Replace boat ramp

Queen Anne’s County

Town of Centreville Wharf
Slip improvements at wharf

Kent Narrows Landing, Chester
Parking lot improvements 

Town of Queenstown Dock
Bulkhead and decking at Town Dock boating facility


Crisfield County Dock
Replace mooring piles and deck boards 

Rumbley County Dock, Rumbley-Frenchtown
Replace dock and retaining walls along boat ramp

Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield
Replacement of priority marina structures
$2 million

St. Peters Creek Marina, Princess Anne
Replace bulkhead and finger piers

St. Mary’s County

Point Lookout State Park
Redecking of piers at Nature Center and camp loop

St. Inigoes Landing
Boat ramp finger piers and wing wall improvements

Town of Leonardtown Wharf
Phase II of transient boat dock and slips at wharf

Talbot County

Bellevue Landing
Replace decking and handrails

Fairbanks Landing, Tilghman
Replace decking

Oxford Volunteer Fire Department
Fire rescue boat

Washington County

Four Locks Boat Ramp, Clear Spring
Improvements to boat ramp

Town of Hancock Boat Ramp
Improvements to boat ramp

Wicomico County

Cedar Hill Marina, Bivalve
Replace portion of bulkhead and utilities

Worcester County

Public Landing, Snow Hill
Install finger piers for boat slips


Funds toward replacement of J. Millard Tawes motor vessel
$2 million

Emergency dredging and navigation needs

State match for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service boating programs