Marine Board Approves Statewide Grants Improving Access and Opportunity | News

The Oregon State Marine Board held its quarterly board meeting in Bend on April 7, approving 10 marine facility and education grant applications worth more than $7 million from all the state. Several grants have been awarded to organizations that provide opportunities to experience non-motorized boating in underserved communities and many projects aim to improve accessibility, which benefits all boaters.

The following list is in order as presented to the Maritime Board:

Jackson County, Howard Prairie Marina: Replace and relocate short-term mooring docks, gangway and marina docks at Howard Prairie Resort. The marina is relocated to deeper water, which will allow boaters better access during the drier low water months. The Council approved $562,897 in water facility grant funds, combined with $5,368,207.39 in candidate matching for a total project cost of $5,931,104.39.

Baker County, Hewitt Park Low Water Access Vault Toilet: Baker County owns and operates Hewitt Park which features a day-use area with ramp, boarding docks, paved parking lot, and flush toilets. The park also has a low-water ramp with boarding docks and parking at the north end. The county is looking to replace a seasonally installed portable toilet with a vaulted toilet near the top of the low boat ramp, which will provide year-round access to sanitation and is a better long-term solution with lower remediation costs. The board approved $47,000 in marine facility grant funds combined with $13,000 in bid matching for a total project cost of $60,000.

Town of Depoe Bay, Port of Depoe Bay: New aluminum boarding docks will be installed at the boat launch. The board approved water facility grant funds of $163,530, combined with $73,470 in matching applicants with a total project cost of $237,000.

Bend Parks and Recreation District, McKay, Miller’s Landing, and Columbia Parks: Bend Park and Recreation District (BPRD) has spent the past several years developing a river plan for the section of the Deschutes River that runs through the city. These parks provide access for non-motorized boating and are part of the Deschutes River Water Trail. The approved grant will fund conceptual designs and feasibility studies for McKay, Miller’s Landing and Columbia Parks along the Deschutes River. The Board approved $51,127 in waterway access grant funds, combined with $51,127.00 in applicant for a total project cost of $102,255.

Willamette Riverkeeper, River Discovery Paddle Trips: For 2022, Willamette Riverkeeper is expanding the River Discovery program to run two or three trips per month, from April through October, with approximately 18-25 River Discovery paddle trips offered. Each excursion includes a one-hour pre-paddling webinar focusing on paddling basics, water safety and an introduction to the river. The on-water portion includes practice strokes, the dynamics of moving water, strategic breaks for snacks, and Q&A opportunities. At the end of the paddle outing, participants can keep their life jackets.

Outreach for these trips will focus on BIPOC, LGBTQA, veterans, formerly homeless, people in recovery from addiction, and low-income communities. The Board approved $35,000 in waterway access grant funds, combined with $70,756 in candidate matching for a total project cost of $105,756.

Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, Paddling Access and Safety: The Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership (LCEP) expands opportunities for underserved communities to experience safe, non-motorized boating to the lower Columbia River and the lower Willamette River. One of the main goals of this grant is to connect 340-408 youth and adults to the water to experience safe paddling, learn about the dynamics of moving water, the importance of wear life jackets and develop the skills and confidence to keep paddling. LCEP also provides a workforce development opportunity for non-motorized recreational boating management summer positions for diverse young people between the ages of 18 and 24. Also recognizing that the cost of boating can be a barrier to participation, LCEP provides opportunities at no cost to participants and has partnered with three different boat rental companies for discounted non-motorized boat rentals. . The Board approved $23,280.10 in waterway access grant funds, combined with $18,804.15 in applicant matching for a total project cost of $42,084.25.

Clackamas County, Boones Ferry Docks: The Boones Ferry boating facility is located near the middle of Newberg Pool above Willamette Falls in Clackamas County. New aluminum boarding docks will be installed to replace the 25-year-old wooden docks. The board approved $50,625 in nautical facility grant funds, combined with $195,500 in candidate matching for a total project cost of $246,125.

Adventures Without Limits, Paddle Access and Site Videos: The mission of Adventures Without Limits (AWL) is to provide opportunity and adventure for all people, regardless of ability level, socio -economic, gender, ethnicity or age, and provided adaptive and inclusive paddle sports programs for the underserved. communities for over 25 years. AWL plans to deliver 80 paddle sports programs through this grant, serving 1,000 participating user days for people in underserved communities. The goal is 60% youth at risk and 40% people with disabilities, on single and multi-day paddle outings, as well as summer camps and after-school paddle programs. AWL will also create five multimedia destination guides, which include photos or videos with site descriptions so participants can make informed decisions on where to launch/retrieve a boat based on their abilities. What makes AWL unique is that its adaptive gear addresses unique needs, including physical accommodations, social support, alternative communication styles, trauma-informed experiential learning, and instruction to align with sensory needs, ability level and experience of the group. The Board approved $105,000 in waterway access grant funds, combined with $118,680.00 in candidate matching for a total project cost of $219,680.

Columbia Slough Watershed Council, Equitable Access: The Columbia Slough Watershed Council (CSWC) will expand its free canoe and kayak program, in partnership with community organizations led by BIPOC and expand the bilingual paddle team program to connect more 200 new members of the outdoor community. CSWC has created free, culturally specific outdoor events that are bilingual and include cultural feeds from local businesses. Additionally, the CSWC recruits and trains paddle leaders within the communities to lead the canoe and kayak events. This approach removes financial barriers, promotes safety and belonging, and creates a connection to the outdoors. Canoe and kayak trips are scheduled on the water bodies of Columbia Slough, Smith and Bybee lakes and Whitaker Pond, which are ideal for novice paddlers due to their slow-moving water and provide a great opportunity for newcomers paddlers build their skills and confidence before exploring the dynamic Willamette and Columbia rivers. The CSWC will provide all the necessary equipment, boats, paddles, life jackets, whistles and radios. The grant will also help support staff training to lead canoe and kayak trips from April to October, offering 2-3 weekends and 2-3 weekday events. The Board approved $31,931.25 in waterway access grant funds, combined with $57,792 in candidate matching for a total project cost of $89,723.25.

McCuddy’s Marine Drive Pump and Dump Station Replacement: The Navy received funding to replace 16-year-old marine sewage pump and dump station equipment. The systems have exceeded their useful life and finding replacement parts is proving difficult. The pump and dump station is heavily used and requires complete replacement. Council approved $30,000 in federal funds under the Clean Ships Act and $10,000 in marine facility grants, combined with $5,300 in labour, equipment and project management for a total project cost of $45,300.

Funding for boating facilities and educational grants comes from non-motorized boaters through revenue from waterway permits and revenue from motorized boat titles and registration. Responding equitably to the diverse access needs of motorized and non-motorized boaters is a core mission of the Marine Board, along with boating safety and environmental stewardship. Owners of public nautical facilities and other organizations are encouraged to apply for grants to improve access or increase opportunities in local communities that help connect people to the water and discover the joys of boating. pleasure.

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