ODNR grants over $550K to communities in support of local marine patrol units

These funds represent a continuing effort to keep Ohio waterways safe and enhance recreational boating experiences.

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“Keeping boaters safe on Ohio’s waterways is a top priority,” said ODNR Director Mary Mertz. “Reinvesting boater dollars in local communities through marine patrol grants allows us to support law enforcement safety initiatives throughout the state.”

The 2019 Marine Patrol Assistance Grants will help local law enforcement agencies provide emergency response to boating-related incidents, conduct routine waterway patrols and purchase safety equipment for use on marine patrol vessels, the release stated.

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The funding comes from the state’s Waterways Safety Fund and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Part of the grants go to the following:

  • Butler County Sheriff’s Office - $25,500.00
  • Five Rivers MetroParks in Montgomery County - $19,527.03
  • Shelby County Sheriff’s Office - $8,352.11 

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