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Pollution Prevention

Pollution Prevention > Boating Infrastructure Grants Program (BIG P) Boating Infrastructure Grants Program (BIG P)

This program is designed to provide transient dockage for recreational boats, 26 feet or more in length, so that they may enjoy recreational opportunities and safe harbors. The BIG P program also achieves the following goals:

  • Enhancing access to recreational, historic, cultural and scenic resources;
  • Strengthening community ties and economic benefits;
  • Promoting public/private partnerships and entrepreneurial opportunities;
  • Providing continuity of public access to the shore; and,
  • Promoting awareness of transient boating opportunities.

What is BIG P?

Authorized by Congress during the summer of 1998, BIG P is intended to provide funding for construction of facilities that will enhance boating for nontrailerable, (26' or over in length) recreational boats. These boats must be in transient status.

What is considered "transient"?

Transient is defined in the Federal Register, Volume 66, Subpart A, Section 86.12 as: "passing through or by a place, staying 10 days or less."

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