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Access to rivers and streams opening up

June 18th, 2015 by WCBC Radio

Last year, Chesapeake Bay Program partners opened 17 boat ramps, fishing piers and other sites that allow the public to access rivers, streams and the Chesapeake Bay. Virginia opened 14 sites, while Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York each opened one. There are now 1,225 public places that allow people across the watershed to walk, play, swim, fish and launch their paddleboats, sailboats and powerboats into the water. Through the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, our partners have committed to bringing the number of public access sites in the region to 1,439 by 2025. We track public access as an indicator of our progress toward fostering environmental stewardship. Since tracking began in 2010, partners have opened 86 new sites, meeting 29 percent of our goal.


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