For Immediate Release - July 12, 2012

State Environmental Officials Dedicate New Canoe Access Facility on Weymouth’s Fore River

One of the 18 fishing and boating access projects completed in the past year

WEYMOUTH – Wednesday, July 11, 2012 – Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Commissioner Mary Griffin today joined Weymouth Mayor Susan Kay, members of the Fore River Watershed Association and other project supporters, to celebrate the construction of a $90,000 public canoe and kayak access facility on the Fore River and Quincy Bay.

"Providing quality public access to our rivers, lakes, and coastal waters makes the Commonwealth a premier destination for fishing and recreational boating,” said Commissioner Griffin. “Projects like this one enhance local recreational opportunities for people who will be able to enjoy more time on the water this summer and for years to come.”

The DFG’s Office of Fishing and Boating Access (FBA) completed reconstruction of the Fore River Canoe Access in June. The project was paid for with state environmental bond funds. In fiscal year 2012, FBA completed 18 boating and fishing access projects valued at $973,000. Projects included repair and new construction of boat ramps, creation of car-top access areas, new boarding floats, new barrier-free fishing piers, renovations to parking areas, and road repair.

“I am pleased that the town was able to work again with the Office of Fishing and Boating Access to add this ramp to the upper reaches of the Fore River,” said Weymouth Mayor Susan Kay. “This canoe launch will not only provide opportunities to canoe and kayak in wonderful stretches of the Fore River but also entice boaters to sample the retail and restaurant options in Weymouth Landing.”

The Weymouth-Fore River Canoe Access facility was constructed by Lederman Engineering of Chelsea. Managed by the Town of Weymouth in partnership with FBA, the facility has 10 car-top parking spaces and a wide access down to the river adjacent to the East Braintree/Weymouth Landing Commuter Rail Station on Commercial Street. Granite stone blocks used to construct a retaining wall at the facility were salvaged from a dismantled railroad bridge in Weymouth.

The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is responsible for promoting the conservation and enjoyment of the Commonwealth's natural resources. DFG carries out this mission through land protection and wildlife habitat management, management of inland and marine fish and wildlife species, and ecological restoration of fresh water, salt water, and terrestrial habitats. DFG promotes enjoyment of the Massachusetts environment through outdoor skills workshops, fishing festivals and other educational programs, and by enhancing access to the Commonwealth's rivers, lakes, and coastal waters.

DFG's Office of Fishing and Boating Access (FBA) manage the construction, repair, and operation of state boat ramps, canoe and car-top launch sites, parking areas and approach roads. FBA oversees facility design and construction, which is usually done by private contractors or municipal public works departments. Office funds are also used to construct universally accessible sport fishing piers and to purchase and improve shoreline fishing areas. FBA facilities provide access to more than 1,200 miles of seashore and hundreds of great ponds, rivers and streams in the Commonwealth. The office oversees about 275 boat and canoe launch sites, shore fishing areas and fishing piers in Massachusetts, giving residents and visitors extensive opportunities to enjoy fishing and recreational boating opportunities such as canoeing, kayaking, sailing, and waterskiing.

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