N.C. Agencies Laud New Process for Providing Public Water Access
N.C. Department of Transportation State Highway Administrator Terry Gibson and Steve Windham, chairman of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, watch as Gordon Myers, executive director of the Commission, signs a Memorandum of Agreement.
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RALEIGH, N.C. (August 26, 2009) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is collaborating with the N.C. Department of Transportation to establish and ensure continued recreational access to the state’s public waters.
Leaders from the two agencies commemorated their alliance Wednesday during the Wildlife Resources Commission’s regular business meeting, where the Commission officially adopted a Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Transportation.
“Roadways and waterways intersect at bridges, and these points of intersection represent opportunities to ensure long-term and cost effective access to public trust resources,” said Gordon Myers, executive director of the Commission. “This agreement formalizes our longstanding partnership with NCDOT and creates a specific pathway to make full use of state lands located next to bridges and waterways.”
A Memorandum of Agreement between the Commission and the NCDOT will allow the two agencies to more effectively work together to identify additional areas of potential recreational access to public waters along roadways, bridges and other infrastructure. Fishing and boating – along with public water access for those sports – are core to the Commission’s goals.
With close to 375,000 registered boats in North Carolina, boating is one of the most popular sports in the state. In addition, North Carolina has about 1.3 million anglers who spend more than $1.1 billion annually.
“We look forward to working with the Wildlife Resources Commission in creating better access to our state’s waterways,” said Terry Gibson, the State Highway Administrator for the N.C. Department of Transportation. “Ultimately, our partnership will benefit our citizens and meet their desire to have easier access to waterways.”
For more information on the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, visit our website.