State Awarded More Than $500K For Marine Patrols In Ohio

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Ohio will award more than a half-million dollars to support local marine patrols in 23 communities around the state.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says the grants totaling more than $575,000 are intended to enhance safety and recreational boating on the state’s waterways.

The money will help local law enforcement agencies provide emergency response to boating-related incidents, conduct routine waterway patrols and purchase safety equipment for marine patrol vessels.

The funding comes from the state’s Waterways Safety Fund. That fund is financed by through the state motor fuel tax, watercraft registration and titling fees and U.S. Coast Guard funding.

State officials say as many as 3 million Ohioans participate in recreational boating every year on the Ohio River, Lake Erie and numerous lakes, rivers and other inland Ohio waterways