COLUMBUS—State Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Township) announced that the Lake County Sheriff's Office was awarded $29,124, and the Portage County Sheriff's Office received $21,717 through the 2018 Marine Patrol Assistance Grant. In total, 24 Ohio communities will receive a total of $565,085 from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) to support local law enforcement in their efforts to provide safe waterways for Ohio boaters.
"It is important that we continue to reinvest in safe recreational activity on the water, and a large portion of that effort is providing resources for our local marine law enforcement programs," said Eklund. "While boating related fatalities have dropped nine percent since 2006, I know we can keep improving, and these grants will surely advance the cause of keeping Ohioans safe."
The 2018 Marine Patrol Assistance Grants will help local law enforcement agencies keep up with the growing number of emergency responses to boating-related incidents, conduct routine waterway patrols and purchase safety equipment for use on marine patrol vessels. In 2017, Ohio had 542,602 registered recreational watercraft, which is almost 82,000 additional registrations over the last three years.
Other watercraft grants offered by ODNR include the Boating Facilities Grant, Boating Safety Education Grant and Navigational Aids. For more information on deadlines, eligibility and the application process, visit www.watercraft.ohiodnr.gov/grants.