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More Water Access Wanted by Marylanders

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VIENNA, Md.- The National Park Service says it wants to create more ways for people to get to the waterways of Maryland. The NPS' Watershed Access Plan would expand waterfront access to the bay and its tributaries by more than 20 percent.

The Nanticoke River, which stretches from the bay all the way up into Delaware, is on the list for improvements.

"I think it's a great idea," said Meghan Meredith of Cambridge. "I actually go to church in Hebron and I drive over the Nanticoke every Sunday. I have never been kayaking on the river but I have always admired the river and I do see some people kayaking on it but if it was made more accessible, they would have more people come."

Meredith said creating places along the river where people can walk, play, swim, fish and boat would attract a lot of people.

"Definitely a park would attract children and parents," Meredith said. "Maybe a nice walkway. and then if they had kayaks and boat rentals, that would be great too."

George Ambs, who grew up around the waterways of Dorchester County, said making the Nanticoke River more accessible could have a trickle-down effect.

"I do enjoy the water and anything that can be done to bring in more business and more trade, even if people get jobs because people need jobs in this county right now," Ambs said.

But not everyone is enthusiastic about the idea. Iris Mowbray wants the land and natural habitats around the river to stay as is.

"I don't want everything developed," said Mowbray. "I just think in order to keep all this habitat that we have we can't develop everything. "

The Watershed Access Plan wants to create 300 new public access points for the bay and it's tributaries by 2025.

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