N.J. proposes revision to waterway access rules

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After considering numerous public comments, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Monday formally proposed amended “common-sense” rules to improve and enhance public access to New Jersey's beaches, bays and waterways, DEP commissioner Bob Martin announced.

In particular, the DEP proposed changes that provide greater public access for fishermen across the state, enhanced opportunities for the public to participate in the crafting of municipal public access plans and clarified the protection and continuity of the Hudson River walkway while also clarifying rules regarding marinas.

“Providing ample access to our ocean beaches, bays and rivers is a fundamental right for all residents of New Jersey and the driving force behind these rules,” Martin said in a statement. ”We heard the suggestions and concerns expressed by many of our residents during a very robust public comment period over the past year and have responded by making changes to the proposed rules, especially recognizing the needs of the fishing community in New Jersey.”

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