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 Norris Dam Marina receives major grant

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), in cooperation with Norris Dam Marina, has been awarded a grant to construct 21 transient slips, restroom, laundry and shower facilities, and gangway with utilities for transient boaters on Norris Lake.

The $357,050 grant is being made available through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program. 

The Norris Dam Marina project was one of the 16 projects chosen for the competitive grant as announced by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.       “This is one of many projects that TWRA is involved that promotes tourism and increases the economy of the state and local governments,” said TWRA Executive Director Ed Carter. 

“We are very pleased to be involved in a project of this magnitude and in cooperation with Norris Dam Marina.”

Funding for the BIG program comes from the Sport Fishing and Boating Trust Fund, formerly known as the Aquatic Resources Trust Fund, which is supported by excise taxes on certain fishing and boating equipment and boat fuels.

“The Boating Infrastructure Grant program is one of the many ways we support access and provide quality outdoor opportunities for Tennessee’s recreational anglers and boaters,” said Carter. 

“These projects also support major construction projects, creating jobs and providing much-needed economic benefits.”

Boating Infrastructure Grant funds are used to construct, renovate and maintain tie-up facilities with features for transient boats (those staying 10 days or less) that are 26 feet or more in length and used for recreation. 

The funds are also used to produce and distribute information and educational materials about the program and recreational boating.


State wildlife commission meets today at Nashville

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission will meet today (March 24) at Nashville. Committee meetings were held yesterday. The formal meeting will start today at 9 a.m.

Items on the agenda include:

•An update on the Clean Vessel Act (CVA) program. Ed Poolos, Coordinator CVA-Boating Infrastructure of the Boating Division, will make the presentation. As part of its commitment to provide safe, clean and enjoyable recreational boating in Tennessee, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency administers this grant program.

•Tony Campbell of the National Ecological Foundation will present an overview on wetland mitigation. In addition, he will describe the foundation and specifically in regard to Bark Camp Barrens Wildlife Management Area in Coffee County.

•The commission will hear an update from Fisheries Division Chief Bobby Wilson on the smallmouth bass regulations specific to Norris Lake. 

•Information and Education Division Chief Don King will make a presentation on the agency’s planned spring fishing promotion.

•TWRA Engineering Division Chief Dwight Hensley will provide an update on the agency’s continued progress on repairs to damages caused by the May 2010 flood.

The public is invited to attend.