ANNAPOLIS — A new Chesapeake Bay watershed access plan calls for more ways to get to the water.
The National Park Service and the six bay watershed states released the plan Wednesday. The plan recommends expanding places where visitors can get to the water by more than 20 percent.
Plan authors found more than 1,000 sites where people can launch boats, fish, swim and view the bay and its tributaries. But they also found many areas with little or no access. Those include nearly 60 miles of the south side of the tidal James River in Virginia. Stretches of the Rappahannock, Potomac, Susquehanna and Nanticoke rivers also had limited or no access.
The watershed covers parts of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York and the District of Columbia.