• Watershed-Wide Actions

    Ongoing

    • Each year, reporting newly opened public access sites.
    • Each year, recording data on new potential public access sites that would fill gaps and contribute toward the public access target.
    • Providing technical assistance to partners in public access site development to aid in site assessment, planning, design and permitting.
    • As appropriate, targeting financial assistance and establishing as a condition of financial awards the development of new public access sites in compliance with accessibility standards and guidelines to ensure access by a population with diverse physical capabilities.
    • Developing new access sites that fill gaps and support boat-in primitive camping along recognized water trails (including the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail, the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail) and, as appropriate, engaging the Youth Conservation Corps in the implementation of smaller projects.
    • Visually comparing current and proposed access sites with the demographic and environmental information available on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s environmental justice screening tool.
    • Encouraging federal and state agency partners to evaluate opportunities for additional public access sites on lands under their control, especially when site or resource management plans are updated.
    • Maintaining and upgrading public access sites on U.S. Department of Defense installations where site security allows.
    • Involving state agencies in hydropower relicensing processes.
    • Developing agreements with state departments of transportation to develop public access sites in conjunction with road and bridge construction.