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Arizona Boating Access Program (ABAP)

The program was founded in 1984 through the Wallop-Breaux Amendment to the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act of 1950, as amended, Dingell-Johnson. Under the Sport Fish Restoration Act, a minimum of 15% of this allocation is to be used to provide boating facility improvements on public lakes and waterways which allow for the practical use of gasoline powered motorboats.

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The Boater Access Program is an outstanding example of a “user pays—user benefits” or “user fee” program. In this case, anglers and boaters are the users. Anglers and boaters are responsible for payment of fishing tackle excise taxes, motorboat fuel taxes, and import duties on tackle and boats. These monies are collected by the sport fishing industry, deposited in the Department of Treasury, and are allocated the year following collection to state game and fish agencies for sport fisheries and boating access projects. The benefits provided by these projects to recreational boaters complete the cycle between “user pays—user benefits.”

 
Background
The Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Boating Access Program began its participation in 1985. The overall Program objectives are geared toward meeting statewide goals established through the Department’s Strategic Plan and intergovernmental planning authorities such as the Arizona Outdoor Recreation Coordinating Commission. Recent participants involved in the Program include the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Lake Havasu City and other government agencies committed to improving boating access on Arizona waterways for recreational boaters and sport anglers alike. Grant funds are awarded through a competitive application and prioritization process. Applications are reviewed and judged on the basis of established priorities, project feasibility, and overall merit as they relate to the current needs of the boating public.
 
Expected Results or Benefits
Since the Department’s Program began in 1985, 91 projects have been completed, ranging from renovating and/or building new launch ramps, boat and trailer parking lots, courtesy docks, restrooms, boat-in campsites, repairing dams, and improving boating access for the disabled. Since the Program began approximately $5 million has been spent through cooperative agreements. The biggest challenge facing Arizona waterways today is the drought condition. The Department’s Boating Access Program will allow agencies that have waterway jurisdiction to extend existing launch ramps for current and future drought conditions. Through the continued participation of federal and state agencies, boating access will continue to improve in the state of Arizona.

For more information, contact:
Ron Christofferson
Boating Facilities Program Manager
(623) 236-7481
 
 

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