DNR receives $1.5 million to improve boating infrastructure on State waters
From a new boat ramp in Anne Arundel County to replacement slips at Deal Island Harbor, two dozen waterway improvement projects across the State are getting an infusion of $1.5 million thanks to a formula change in the State Motor Fuel Tax disbursement. Read more
Great news for Chesapeake Bay boaters: The Maryland General Assembly this year passed legislation capping the five percent vessel excise tax at $15,000. The new law ─ which offers a financial incentive for boaters to trade-up, or register an out-of-state vessel in Maryland ─ was signed by Governor Martin O’Malley, effective July 1, 2013. Read more
The Severn River headwaters and Saltworks Creek, a tributary of the river, are more accessible to boaters following dredging projects carried out by the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works and Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Read more
Wear Your Lifejacket to Work Day and boat safety check
Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) officers encourage the public to join them in wearing a lifejacket to work on Friday, May 17. The State initiative kicks off National Safe Boating Week, May 18 to 24, by raising awareness on the importance of these life saving devices. Read more
Longtime and esteemed DNR Disability Advisory Council Member Donald E. Backe passed away on April 12. He served the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as a volunteer, subject-matter expert on disability, accessibility, and boating and recreation for more than 20 years. Read more
Larger boats can now easily access the Town of Oxford following the renovation of the N. Morris Street Timber Dock. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the town worked together to rebuild, reconfigure and expand the previously deteriorating dock. Read more
KB Derr & Son, an independent marina and boatyard in Lusby, is the newest certified Maryland Clean Marina.
“I decided to go for the award after I attended a Clean Marina workshop last winter,” said Owner Justin Derr. “I realized I would rather be proactive and adopt the best practices and permits for the industry.” Read more
The Potomac River is now more accessible following three pier replacement projects in St. Mary’s County. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Boating Services and St. Mary’s County Department of Recreation and Parks worked together to renovate the piers located at Fox Harbor Landing in Ridge, River Springs Landing in Avenue, and St. George’s Island. Read more
Stoney Creek Bridge Marina, a popular family-run facility in Baltimore is now a certified Maryland Clean Marina.
“Doing the Clean Marina program really wasn’t too hard,” said manager Chuck Miller. “Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ staff told me what we needed to do and I took care of it in a couple of months.” Read more