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Marine Board Approves Grant for City of Coos Bay
For Immediate Release -4/13/12
The Marine Board approved a grant to the City of Coos Bay, to expand and renovate existing parking at the Eastside Boat Ramp, at its quarterly Board meeting on April 11, in Springfield.
The Eastside Boat Ramp is located on Isthmus Slough on Coos Bay. Due largely to the efforts of the local Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP), the slough now has a productive Chinook and Coho fishery, seeded by hatchery-reared fish first released in 1989. This fishery runs from mid-August through November. The existing parking area fills to capacity during prime fishing season. The grant funds will enable the City to increase the number of parking spaces for single-car and boat trailer parking to help meet peak demands. New asphalt, striping and signs will greatly improve the parking flow for boaters.  A fish cleaning station is also planned for installation at this facility.
The City of Coos Bay was awarded $20,000 in state boater funds, which will be combined with $141,323 in federal Sport Fish Restoration Funds provided through the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and $64,450 in-kind contributions from the City. The projected total cost is $225,773.
For more information about boating facilities, visit http://www.boatoregon.com/OSMB/BoatFac/index.shtml.