Md Awards $13.5 Million for Dredging, New Ice Breaker & Fire Boats

$2 million in Waterway Improvement Fund money will go toward replacing the 100-foot ice breaker J. Millard Tawes.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will put $13.5 million in Waterway Improvement Fund grants towards projects that support boating all over the Bay.

Some of the 58 projects being funded are statewide, like $2 million that will go towards replacing the state’s ice breaker, J. Millard Tawes, and $1.241 million for storm damage and dredging that falls outside of regular dredging projects. (Dozens of individual dredging projects are funded, too.)

Others fill on-water emergency needs, like new fire boats for volunteer fire departments in Oxford and Bowleys Quarters on Middle River, and a fire pump for the Grasonville Volunteer Fire Department.

And many projects add or improve water access, like new dinghy docks, boat ramp and bulkhead repairs, and even a new town marina in Pocomoke City.

The Waterway Improvement Fund money is primarily generated by a five-percent vessel excise tax on boat purchases and titling.

Here is DNR’s list of grants by Maryland county:

Allegany County

North Branch of the Potomac River, Cumberland
New small boat access ramp and parking 
$54,000

Anne Arundel County

Franklin Manor, Churchton 
Dredging
$505,500 in matching funds

Mathias Cove and Main Creek, Lake Shore 
Maintenance dredging
$341,500 in matching funds

Brady and Old Glory Coves, Pasadena
Maintenance dredging
$168,500 in matching funds

Old Man Creek, Severna Park
Maintenance dredging
$131,500 in matching funds

Spriggs Pond and Ross Cove, Arnold
Maintenance dredging
$128,400 in matching funds

Cheston Avenue Access, Annapolis
Improvement of bulkhead and installing dinghy dock
$99,000

Annapolis Fire Department
Outboard motor and forward-looking infrared camera
$2,000 in matching funds

Baltimore County

Gunpowder Falls State Park 
Replace Hammerman boat launch
$130,000

Community Volunteer Fire Department of Bowleys Quarters, Middle River
New fire/rescue boat 
$50,000 in matching funds

Calvert County

Fishing Creek, Chesapeake Beach 
Maintenance dredging 
$160,000

Town of Chesapeake Beach
Repairs to access piers at town boat ramp
$80,000 

Caroline County

Crouse Park, Denton
Parking lot paving
$99,000

Martinak State Park
Bulkhead and dock replacement design and construction
$75,000

Marina Park, Federalsburg
Bulkhead repair
$30,000

Cecil County

Elk River Park
Elk River dredging
$940,000

Charles County

Sweden Point Marina, Smallwood State Park
Bulkhead replacement
$1 million

Sweden Point Marina, Smallwood State Park
Engineering for sanitary system upgrade 
$100,000

Smallwood State Park
Concession building upgrades
$100,000

Dorchester County

Elliott Island Marina
Jetty and shoreline
$350,000

Cambridge Municipal Marina
Repairs and improvements
$99,000

Tyler’s Cove, Church Creek
Boat ramp and bulkhead construction
$90,000

Hoopersville Boat Ramp, Fishing Creek
Ramp and bulkhead construction
$90,000 

Franklin Street Boat Ramp, Cambridge
Ramp improvements
$80,000

Town of Vienna 
Improvements to boat slips, including utilities
$75,000

Harford County

Otter Point Landing, Abingdon
Boat ramp repairs and pier replacement 
$165,000 in matching funds

Marina Point Park, Joppa
Engineering for remediation of the Mariner Point dredge material placement site
$100,000

Kent County

Bayside Landing Marina, Rock Hall
Marina renovation
$430,000 in matching funds

Chestertown Marina
Slip dredging
$150,000

Chestertown Marina  
Basin improvements
$95,000

Prince George’s County

Fort Washington Marina
Engineering to dredge marina
$250,000

Queen Anne’s County

Love Point Maryland Park Service/Natural Resources Police Facility
Design for replacement of existing deteriorated bulkheads, stone revetments, breakwaters, and timber piers
$200,000

Deep Landing Boating Facility
Bulkhead replacement
$125,000 in matching funds

Matapeake Natural Resources Police Facility
Replace gas dock and fuel dispenser
$100,000

Town of Queenstown
Dredge boating slips
$50,000

Grasonville Volunteer Fire Department
Fire pump and generator modules for fire boat
$12,500 in matching funds

Somerset

Somers Cove Marina, Crisfield
Improvements including replacement of bulkhead, bath house roof and electric trunk line
$996,000

Smith Island 
Dredging of Sheep Pen Gut
$500,000 

Dames Quarter, Princess Anne
Bulkhead replacement
$99,000

St. Peters Creek, Princess Anne
Bulkhead replacement
$99,000

Janes Island State Park
Design for repair of boat ramp and construction of transient slips
$75,000

Talbot County

Skipton Landing, Cordova
Replace dock
$55,000

Tongers Basin, Tilghman Island
Bulkhead repairs
$55,000

Oxford Volunteer Fire Department
Fire rescue boat
$50,000 in matching funds

Town of St. Michaels
Harbor Road slip improvements
$30,000

Town of St. Michaels
Marina restroom construction
$30,000

Town of Oxford
Dinghy dock
$25,000

Dogwood Harbor, Tilghman Island
Finger pier
$15,000

Wicomico County

Cedar Hill Marina, Bivalve
Bulkhead construction
$99,000

Pirates Wharf, Quantico
Construct a new boating facility 
$400,000 in matching funds

Riverside Boat Ramp, Salisbury
Boat ramp renovation
$99,000

Worcester County

Pocomoke City
Construct town marina
$363,000 in matching funds

Pocomoke River State Park – Shad Landing
Replace marina and repair boat ramp
$200,000

Public Landing, Snow Hill
Dredging
$200,000

Statewide

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

Dredging/navigation/storm damage in designated public shallow water channels or publicly owned boating facilities that occur outside the budget cycle or exceed statewide appropriated funding amount
$1.241 million

State match for Federal Clean Vessel Act 
$163,000

State match for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Boating Programs
$50,000

-Meg Walburn Viviano