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Talbot County Awards Contract For Oak Creek Landing Renovation

Talbot County, Md. (December 2, 2011) — The Talbot County Council awarded a contract to Rehak’s Contracting, LLC to renovate the Oak Creek Landing boating access facility in Newcomb.

“The Talbot County Department of Parks and Recreation appreciates the support of our project partners,” said Rick Towle, Director of Talbot County Department of Parks and Recreation. “We want to thank the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Boating Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and our local County Council.”

The landing is located off St. Michaels Road in Talbot County and provides public access to Oak Creek and the Miles River. The renovation includes replacing the existing boat ramp with a double-wide ramp that is reoriented to face open water, an ADA accessible floating pier, relocation of a pier and mooring piles, dredging the area around the facility, paving and striping the parking lot, and installing a new marine sewage pumpout station. Rehak Contracting will begin work on or about December 5, 2011 and the site is scheduled to reopen by Memorial Day weekend 2012.

“Approximately 5,000 boats launch at Oak Creek Landing every year,” said Robert Gaudette, DNR’s Director of Boating Services. “During the off-season, anglers and waterfowl hunters consistently utilize the facility. The renovations will greatly improve public access and increase opportunities for recreational boaters and the surrounding community to reach waterways in Maryland.”

DNR estimates the project to cost $493,340. A federal Sport Fish Restoration Boating Access Grant will cover $292,275 and non-federal matching funds will cover the rest; including $115,000 from the State Waterway Improvement Fund and $68,125 from Talbot County’s Capital Budget. A federal Sport Fish Restoration Clean Vessel Act Pumpout Grant will pay for a new marine sewage pumpout costing $17,940.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service administers the Sport Fish Restoration Fund. Federal excise taxes on fishing equipment and motor boat fuels pay for the fund. A portion of this ‘user-pay, user-benefit’ program assists in funding public recreational motor boat projects. State Waterway Improvement Funds are derived from the 5 percent vessel excise tax paid when a boat is titled in Maryland. The federal Sport Fish Restoration Fund pays for the Sport Fish Restoration Clean Vessel Act Pumpout Grant.


   December 2, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
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