VASSALBORO, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Boating season is here and the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is trying to improve the experience for Mainers. The state is offering grants for new boat launches, placing navigation markers and maintaining a website so boaters can find the best place to access water.
Any organization or individual which would want to put in a boat launch should submit a request for pre-application by May 17. Most of the applicants are municipalities, counties or land trusts. They muyst have right or title to the waterfront property and be able to guarantee public recreational boating access for 20 years. They must rmatch the financial grant. Most projects cost between 30 and 250-thousand dollars.
Last year, projects were were improved in Ft. Kent, St. Agatha, Bucksport, Norway and South Portland.
Maine has 2300 great ponds, 32,000 miles of streams and rivers and more than 3000 miles of coastline. It currently has 460 of what the state calls "assured" boat access sites.