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DNR to Host Public Meetings on Proposed No Discharge Zone for Chester River

Photo by Al Saxon

The State is accepting public comment on possibly designating the Chester River and its tributaries as a No Discharge Zone (NDZ) ─ an area where both treated and untreated sewage discharges from vessels are prohibited. The Maryland Departments of Natural Resources and the Environment, in cooperation with the Chester River Association, are planning to apply to the Environmental Protection Agency for the designation. Read more »


DNR Certifies Three New Clean Marinas in Cecil County

Sassafras Harbor, Bohemia Vista, and Hack’s Point are the latest Clean Marinas certified by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The facilities earned the awards for their work to prevent pollution and meet regulations for more sustainable operations.  Read more »


DNR Certifies New Clean Marina in Baltimore County

Lee Dregier, past commodore of Crescent Yacht Club,  pictured with Mark O’Mally, Director of DNR Boating Services, and Program Manager Donna Morrow

Lee Dregier, past commodore of Crescent Yacht Club (L), with DNR Boating Services Director Mark O’Malley, and Clean Marina Program Manager Donna Morrow

The Crescent Yacht Club in Essex is the latest Clean Marina certified by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The facility earned the award for its work to prevent pollution and meet regulations for more sustainable operations.    Read more »


Renovations to Fifteen Mile Creek Boat Ramp Completed

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Fifteen Mile Creek Access After

The Fifteen Mile Creek boating access site in Little Orleans is the latest in a series of Western Maryland facilities to receive a complete makeover. The project has made accessing the water much easier with a new boat ramp, increased parking and improved access areas. Read more »


Portion of State Motor Fuel Tax to Fund Waterway Improvement Projects

Funding goes toward boating enhancement projects similar to this one at Oak Creek Landing in Talbot County

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 »


DNR Seeking Top Clean Marina of 2013

Nomination deadline January 3

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is calling on marina customers, staff, marine contractors and the general public to help them choose the Clean Marina of the Year for 2013. Read more »


Vessel Excise Tax Cap Offers Financial Incentive to Title Big Boats in Maryland

Docked for Sunset by Adrian James Testa

Photo by Adrian James Testa

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 »


Two Dredging Projects Along the Severn River Completed

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Photo by Lori Livingston

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 »


NRP to Celebrate National Safe Boating Week

Wear Your Lifejacket to Work Day and boat safety check


DNR's leadership team wearing their lifejackets to work at last year's event.

DNR’s leadership team and PFD Panda wearing their lifejackets to work at last year’s event.

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 »


DNR Disability Advisory Council Member Dies at 77

Donald Backe

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 »