16 U.S. Code § 777g - Maintenance of projects
To maintain fish-restoration and management projects established under the provisions of this chapter shall be the duty of the States according to their respective laws. Beginning July 1, 1953, maintenance of projects heretofore completed under the provisions of this chapter may be considered as projects under this chapter. Title to any real or personal property acquired by any State, and to improvements placed on State-owned lands through the use of funds paid to the State under the provisions of this chapter, shall be vested in such State.
Each State may use not to exceed 15 percent of the funds apportioned to it under section 777c of this title to pay up to 75 per centum of the costs of an aquatic resource education and outreach and communications program for the purpose of increasing public understanding of the Nation’s water resources and associated aquatic life forms. The non-Federal share of such costs may not be derived from other Federal grant programs. The Secretary shall issue not later than the one hundred and twentieth day after the effective date of this subsection such regulations as he deems advisable regarding the criteria for such programs.
Within 1 year after June 9, 1998, the Secretary of the Interior shall develop and implement, in cooperation and consultation with the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council, a national plan for outreach and communications.
Within 6 months after June 9, 1998, the Secretary, in consultation with the States, shall adopt a national framework for a public boat access needs assessment which may be used by States to conduct surveys to determine the adequacy, number, location, and quality of facilities providing access to recreational waters for all sizes of recreational boats.
Within 18 months after June 9, 1998, each State that agrees to conduct a public boat access needs survey following the recommended national framework shall report its findings to the Secretary for use in the development of a comprehensive national assessment of recreational boat access needs and facilities.
Paragraph (2) does not apply to a State if, within 18 months after June 9, 1998, the Secretary certifies that the State has developed and is implementing a plan that ensures there are and will be public boat access adequate to meet the needs of recreational boaters on its waters.
A State that conducts a public boat access needs survey under paragraph (2) may fund the costs of conducting that assessment out of amounts allocated to it as funding dedicated to motorboat access to recreational waters under subsection (b)(1) of this section.
For effective date of this subsection, referred to in subsec. (c), see Effective Date of 1984 Amendment note below.
The Clean Vessel Act of 1992, referred to in subsec. (f), is subtitle F of title V of Pub. L. 102–587, Nov. 4, 1992, 106 Stat. 5086, which amended this section and section 777c of this title and enacted provisions set out as a note under section 1322 of Title 33, Navigation and Navigable Waters. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 1322 of Title 33 and Tables.
2015—Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 114–94 substituted “58.012 percent” for “57 percent”.
2005—Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 109–59, § 10114(1), substituted “to supplement the 57 percent of the balance of each annual appropriation to be apportioned among the States under section 777c(c) of this title” for “in carrying out the research program of the Fish and Wildlife Service in respect to fish of material value for sport or recreation”.
Subsec. (d)(3). Pub. L. 109–59, § 10114(2), substituted “subsection (a)(5) or subsection (b)” for “subsection (c) or (d)” in introductory provisions.
1998—Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 105–178, § 7402(c)(1), which directed the substitution of “15 percent” for “12½ percentum” wherever appearing, was executed by making the substitution for “12½ per centum” to reflect the probable intent of Congress.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 105–178, § 7402(c)(3), inserted “and communications” after “outreach”.
Pub. L. 105–178, § 7402(c)(2), which directed the substitution of “15 percent” for “10 percentum”, was executed by making the substitution for “10 per centum” to reflect the probable intent of Congress.
Subsecs. (d) to (f). Pub. L. 105–178, § 7402(c)(4), added subsecs. (d) and (e) and redesignated former subsec. (d) as (f).
1992—Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 102–587, § 5604(b)(1), substituted “12½ per centum” for “10 per centum” after “allocate” and inserted at end “Notwithstanding this provision, States within a United States Fish and Wildlife Service Administrative Region may allocate more or less than 12½ per centum in a fiscal year, provided that the total regional allocation averages 12½ per centum over a 5 year period.”
Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 102–587, § 5604(b)(2), substituted “four fiscal years” for “fiscal year” after first reference to “succeeding” and “period” for second reference to “succeeding fiscal year”.
Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 102–587, § 5604(b)(3), inserted “and outreach” after “education”.
Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 102–587, § 5604(b)(4), added subsec. (d).
1984—Pub. L. 98–369 designated existing provisions as subsec. (a) and added subsecs. (b) and (c).
1970—Pub. L. 91–503 struck out restriction that not more than 25 percent of the Federal funds be set aside for maintenance projects.
From Aug. 10, 2005, to end of fiscal year 2005, subsecs. (b)(2) and (d)(3) of this section considered to read as immediately before enactment of Pub. L. 109–59, see section 101(b) of Pub. L. 109–74, set out as a note under section 777b of this title.
Title IX of Pub. L. 105–206 effective simultaneously with enactment of Pub. L. 105–178 and to be treated as included in Pub. L. 105–178 at time of enactment, and provisions of Pub. L. 105–178, as in effect on day before July 22, 1998, that are amended by title IX of Pub. L. 105–206 to be treated as not enacted, see section 9016 of Pub. L. 105–206, set out as a note under section 101 of Title 23, Highways.
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