Archive for May 24th, 2012

Boat Ramps

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

This is Passport to Texas

Safely getting your boat into the water is just as important as navigating it once on the water. The Sport Fish Restoration Act levies federal taxes on fishing equipment, which in turn is used, in part, to provide boaters easier access to Texas waters.

As a person shops for boating equipment, the agency is reinvesting that tax investment that the consumer made back into facilities that they can use to enjoy recreational boating.

SF restoration funds totaling in the millions of dollars, have helped build and maintain public launching ramps throughout the state.

The way that’s accomplished is Texas Parks and Wildlife has a program that provides local assistance to local governments for the construction of new ramps. This program provides a 75% matching assistance to local governments for the construction of public boat ramps.

Sponsors must provide the land, legal access, a 25% match share, and accept operation and maintenance responsibility for at least 25 years.

And for the investment—everyone has better, safer access and more fun on Texas waters.

That’s our show for today: Made possible by the Wildlife and Sport fish Restoration program in Texas. It’s funded by your purchase of fishing and hunting equipment and motorboat fuels.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.