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Grants for Waterway Improvements

The Waterway Improvement Fund was created in 1966 by Natural Resources Article 8-701 to support the development, use, and enjoyment of all waters of the State of Maryland for the benefit of the general boating public. Revenues for this Fund are obtained primarily from the one-time 5% excise tax that is paid to the State of Maryland when a boat is purchased and titled in the State.

The Fund provides financial support to local governments, the Department of Natural Resources, and federal agencies in the form of grants and/or loans for a wide variety of capital projects and services for the boating public.


Applicants Please Note:
Grant projects three years or older are subject to immediate reversion by DNR.

Grant Contacts:
  • For Calvert, Charles, Prince George's, and St. Mary's Counties: Li Lan Carson 410-260-8452 or lcarson@dnr.state.md.us
  • For Baltimore County and City, Carrol, Cecil, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Allegany, Frederick, and Garrett counties: Carla Fleming 410-260-8447 or cfleming@dnr.state.md.us
  • For Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, and Talbot Counties: Sandi Pepe 410-260-8466 or spepe@dnr.state.md.us
  • For Anne Arundel, Somerset, Worcester, and Wicomico Counties: Mike Ewing 410-260-8440 or mewing@dnr.state.md.us

Chesapeake Bay Hotline

Call 1-877-224-7229

to report any of the following

  • Boating accident or reckless activity
  • Fish kill or algal bloom
  • Floating debris that poses a hazard to navigation
  • Illegal fishing activity
  • Public sewer leak or overflow
  • Oil or hazardous material spill
  • Critical area or wetlands violation
  • Suspicious or unusual activity