COLUMBUS - State Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Township) announced today that Lake and Portage counties will receive funding from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to support local marine patrol units.

The department's Division of Parks and Watercraft will provide funds to support safety on Ohio's waterways. Lake County Sheriff Marine Patrol will receive $29,379.75. The Portage County Sheriff's Office will receive $19,261.87.

The 2017 Marine Patrol Assistance Grants will help local law enforcement respond to watercraft emergencies and carry out routine water patrols. The grants will also be used for the purchase of additional safety equipment. 

Ranked eighth nationally for the number of recreational boat registrations, Ohio has a thriving recreational boating industry. The economic impact of recreational boating in Ohio is around $3.5 billion annually. Ensuring the safety of Ohio's waterways is important to both state and local government agencies. The Marine Patrol Assistance Grants will help to enhance the safety and enjoyment of boaters across Ohio. 

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