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DNR Dedicates Wye Landing Boat Ramp

Wye Mills, Md. (August 27, 2010) — The Wye Landing public boat ramp in Talbot County was reopened yesterday with a ribbon cutting ceremony following major reconstruction and expansion to improve public access to the waterway and incorporate sustainable solar and wind power devices. Funding for the $428,000 project was provided by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Waterway Improvement Fund, Talbot County, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

“Governor Martin O’Malley, the Maryland General Assembly and the Talbot County Council recognize the importance of providing quality public boating access for working Maryland families,” said Bob Gaudette, Director of Boating Services for DNR. “Wye Landing is a very popular boating access site to the Wye River, and I am honored that we were able to help improve this outstanding boating facility.”

The project included replacing a two-lane boat ramp with a new four-lane, concrete ramp, adding two fixed piers and a floating, ADA-accessible dock, and creating four slips along the existing loading/unloading dock. Solar down-lighting was installed on the pilings at the end of the docks and a hybrid solar/wind powered light pole was installed to light the wharf and ramp area.

Wye Landing is one of the Eastern Shore’s most heavily-used boat ramps. The additional lane and boarding piers will allow for more efficient launching and reduce wait times and congestion. In addition to the new ADA-accessible floating dock, ADA parking spaces were also designated.

Of the $428,000 total project cost, DNR’s Waterway Improvement Fund provided $96,649. The Waterway Improvement Fund is funded by the 5 percent excise tax that boaters pay when they register a boat in Maryland. Remaining costs were funded by Talbot County and a $288,317 Sportfish Restoration Program grant from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

“Wye Landing is one of the most utilized public access points in Maryland,” said Rick Towle, Director of Talbot County Parks and Recreation. “Our recent capital improvements at this site — especially the expansion of the ramp to four lanes and addition of sustainable energy devices — have been very well received by public water access users."

   August 27, 2010

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