Port Austin Harbor Receives Federal and State Grant for Dock Renovation

Apr 11, 2013 Issues: Great Lakes

WASHINGTON – U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) today congratulated the Village of Port Austin who received a total of $1,494,500 for their Harbor dock renovation project.  The total amount for Port Austin’s Harbor comes from a $747,250 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant program, which is dedicated to supporting recreational boating projects, and a matching $747,250 grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.  Port Austin’s Harbor dock renovation project will add up to 42 slips, utility pedestals, water and related amenities, which will increase use of the Harbor by eligible boaters by an estimated 75 percent.

“Improvements to our harbor infrastructure are an important investment for our state’s economy, and I congratulate Port Austin for receiving this federal-state grant funding,” Miller said.  “These investments made by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the dock renovations will significantly add value to the Harbor itself, as well as to the surrounding community of Port Austin by creating improved access and use of the dock.  Michigan is a boating state, and Port Austin’s Harbor plays a vital role in our state’s top recreational boating industry.”

Note: Funding for the Boating Infrastructure Grant program comes from the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund which boaters and manufacturers support through excise and other taxes on certain fishing and boating equipment and gasoline. These grants are administered through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
For more information on each of the grant projects, visit http://wsfrprograms.fws.gov/Subpages/GrantPrograms/BIG/BIG_Funding.htm