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Michigan DNR approves $4 million in grants for recreational boating improvements and development

by National Marine Manufacturers Association 4 Jul 09:03 PDT
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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently announced that more than $4 million in grant funding will be awarded to 23 communities throughout the state to boost recreational boating.

The funding is made possible through the DNR Parks and Recreation Division's waterways grant program, which began in 1949 with the goal of expanding the harbor system along the Great Lakes and boating access sites throughout the state. Today, the system includes more than 1,300 state-sponsored boating access sites, 19 state-managed harbors and 63 local state-sponsored harbors of refuge along the Great Lakes.

"Water and boating are at the heart of Michigan," said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation Division chief. "We have residents who live on the water, those who travel all over the state to boat and visitors who come here from around the world because it's the Great Lakes State. Michigan offers outdoor recreational opportunities and picturesque views not found anywhere else, and so it's of utmost importance that the DNR helps invest and fund Michigan's harbors and boating access sites for the benefit of all."

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