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Maryland Approves Angler Access Laws for Bridges and Roadways

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Maryland Approves Angler Access Laws for Bridges and Roadways

There are times when politicians agree. It usually takes something so obviously positive that it cannot be denied. Such is the case with Maryland’s angler access legislation which was signed into law by Governor Martin O’Malley on April 9.

The bill requires that state and local transportation departments to provide “reasonable and cost-effective” access to lakes, rivers and streams in all future roadway construction projects — including repairs to existing points of potential access.

In every state there is a spiderweb of roads, many of which cross rivers and streams. Many anglers consider these road crossings to be public access points. Laws are sticky to say the least as to whether that is, in fact, true. In some states, bridges and roads are considered legal access points to public waterways. In others, it’s not so clear.

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