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 

Anne Arundel County

Franklin Manor, Churchton 
$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

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

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 

Town of Chesapeake Beach
Repairs to access piers at town boat ramp

Caroline County

Crouse Park, Denton
Parking lot paving

Martinak State Park
Bulkhead and dock replacement design and construction

Marina Park, Federalsburg
Bulkhead repair

Cecil County

Elk River Park
Elk River dredging

Charles County

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

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

Smallwood State Park
Concession building upgrades

Dorchester County

Elliott Island Marina
Jetty and shoreline

Cambridge Municipal Marina
Repairs and improvements

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

Hoopersville Boat Ramp, Fishing Creek
Ramp and bulkhead construction

Franklin Street Boat Ramp, Cambridge
Ramp improvements

Town of Vienna 
Improvements to boat slips, including utilities

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

Kent County

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

Chestertown Marina
Slip dredging

Chestertown Marina  
Basin improvements

Prince George’s County

Fort Washington Marina
Engineering to dredge marina

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

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

Matapeake Natural Resources Police Facility
Replace gas dock and fuel dispenser

Town of Queenstown
Dredge boating slips

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


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

Smith Island 
Dredging of Sheep Pen Gut

Dames Quarter, Princess Anne
Bulkhead replacement

St. Peters Creek, Princess Anne
Bulkhead replacement

Janes Island State Park
Design for repair of boat ramp and construction of transient slips

Talbot County

Skipton Landing, Cordova
Replace dock

Tongers Basin, Tilghman Island
Bulkhead repairs

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

Town of St. Michaels
Harbor Road slip improvements

Town of St. Michaels
Marina restroom construction

Town of Oxford
Dinghy dock

Dogwood Harbor, Tilghman Island
Finger pier

Wicomico County

Cedar Hill Marina, Bivalve
Bulkhead construction

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

Riverside Boat Ramp, Salisbury
Boat ramp renovation

Worcester County

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

Pocomoke River State Park – Shad Landing
Replace marina and repair boat ramp

Public Landing, Snow Hill


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 

State match for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Boating Programs

-Meg Walburn Viviano