Congressional representatives, Ron Klein (D-Fla.) and Henry Brown (R-S.C.), Candice Miller (R-Mich.) and Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) got things underway with Resolution 505 two years ago. After passage in the U.S. Senate, the bill was signed recently by President Obama.
The designation signifies governmental recognition of the industry’s importance to the U.S. economy. An estimated $1.9 billion in economic stimulus dollars have been directed to accelerate dredging of waterways throughout the country. Many other projects that support boating activities have received or will be receiving federal funds, as well.