National Park Service to Talk About 300 Public Water Access Sites on Chesapeake Bay by 2025
Jonathan Doherty, Assistant Superintendent, National Park Service Chesapeake Region, will report on progress toward the creation of 300 new public access sites to the Chesapeake by 2025. at a public meeting on Wednesday (June 11) at the DPW Facility, 445 Maxwell Frye Road in Severna Park. The meeting is set for 6 p.m.
To review the local access projects, visit this link.
According to National Park Service estimates, approximately 98 percent of the Chesapeake Bay shoreline is off limits to citizens that don’t own waterfront homes or live in water-privileged communities. That includes hundreds of thousands of citizens in Anne Arundel County. In fact, in Anne Arundel, there are no public boat ramps or public beaches offered by our county government, according to Mike Lofton of Harwood, who chairs the Anne Arundel Public Water Access Committee.
But, Lofton says, change is coming. The county recognizes the problem and has cited it as the number one recreation deficiency. The water access committee has inventoried and identified dozens of publicly-owned waterfront locations that can be made available to the public with minimal time and expense.