Comprehensive Conservation & Management Plan (CCMP)
Recreation & Navigation

The Recreation and Navigation section of the CCMP includes 7 goals:

  1. Reduce the amount of sand and sediment entering the coastal bays from the inlet.
  2. Improve the management of navigation and dredging in the coastal bays.
  3. Balance resource protection with recreational use.
  4. Improve boating safety in the coastal bays.
  5. Improve water-based recreational opportunities and diversity of access to coastal bays and tributaries.
  6. Create guidelines for locating new facilities.
  7. Implement sustainable management practices at harbors and marinas.
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DNR Implementation Summary

Recreational boating activities are a major source of revenue for the coastal bays regional economy. Each year visitors spend thousands of dollars renting boats and personal watercraft, chartering fishing trips, parasailing, and on many other boating activities in the coastal bays. The goals in the CCMP strive to balance resource protection with these recreational boating activities. Specific navigational hazards were identified during development of the CCMP along with specific plans for identifying and protecting sensitive resources. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has played a significant role in addressing many of the issues related to recreation and navigation including the following:
  • In order to improve navigation in the coastal bays, aquatic fisheries and habitats, and the stability of Assateague Island, DNR staff led the Navigation and Dredging Advisory Group (NADAG) in its first 3 years. The Navigation & Dredging Advisory Group was charged with developing recommendations and providing the necessary data, information and state support critical to the establishment of a comprehensive and effective Navigation and Dredging Master Plan for the Coastal Bays. The comprehensive plan is to include data on dredge material volume and disposal, recommendations for improving safety and navigation in the coastal bays, and improved public outreach materials.
  • The Sensitive Areas Task Force, an interagency task force of resource experts led by DNR staff, has been convened with the goal of evaluating sensitive resources and establishing priorities for protection. Maps are being created that identify and rank sensitive resources and their locations. These maps and associated information will help future water-use planning efforts that are identified in the CCMP. DNR secured a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the amount of $25,000 to facilitate this effort.
  • The DNR Natural Resources Police have examined safety and resource protection issues related to boat rental facilities in the coastal bays. These facilities are inspected annually to make sure they are in compliance with State Law regarding rental of boats in seaworthy condition and that all safety education certificates and licenses are possessed. Boating rules and regulations are posted at all rental facilities, and all renters of personal water crafts are required to take and pass a test conducted in cooperation with the Coast Guard. Enforcement of these laws is evaluated annually and additional avenues of law enforcement have been utilized in some areas.
  • In 2001, surveys were conducted by DNR to assess whether particular areas of the bays would benefit from being designated as a No Discharge Zone from harmful gasoline, solid waste, antifreeze, and other pollutants by boaters. Certain areas of the coastal bays have now received that designation formally. The Clean Marina Initiative hopes to assist boaters and marina operators in promoting boater education about the recycling of these pollutants and how to dispose of them properly.

DNR will continue to work with partners on each of these issues. A study of the impact of boat wakes on shore erosion is planned which will help the partners make informed decisions on shore erosion protection. DNR will continue to work with marina owners in the coastal bays to have their marinas designated as “clean marinas.”


DNR Implementation Summaries

If you have any questions about Maryland's Coastal Bays Implementation Activities, 
please feel free to e-mail, Katheleen Freeman, or call (410) 260-8986.

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