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For Release: Thursday, June 16, 2016

DEC and City of Kingston Open Fishing Dock on Rondout Creek

Site Provides First Fishing Access on Kingston's Waterfront

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the City of Kingston today announced the opening of the first publicly accessible fishing dock on the Rondout Creek in downtown Kingston. The dock was funded through a grant from DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program, in partnership with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) to provide access to the Hudson River and its tributaries for underserved neighborhoods.

"This dock provides a new, safe place to catch a variety of fish of the Hudson River estuary, such as perch, largemouth bass and striped bass," said DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos. "In addition to providing fishing access along Kingston's waterfront for inner city residents, the dock and ramps are accessible for wheelchair users."

The project was one of many grants managed by Kingston Mayor Steve Noble while working for the Parks and Recreation Department, prior to taking office.

"The Rondout Creek is one of Kingston's most valuable treasures; it serves as a tremendous tourist attraction, as well as the scenic backdrop of the day-to-day life of Kingston's residents and businesses," said Kingston Mayor, Steve Noble. "It gives me great pleasure to introduce this new resource to our community, which will make this natural asset even more accessible."

Kingston City Code prohibits fishing off of the Maurice D Hinchey Promenade along its entire stretch. The floating dock provides legal access and recreational opportunities for those who do not own boats. The City and its partner, the Kingston City Marina, will continue to enforce the code along the walkway.

"I encourage residents and visitors alike to enjoy use of this new dock this summer and for many years to come," said Mayor Noble.

The $30,000 grant was matched by $20,000 in funding from the City of Kingston. The new access site helps meet Governor Andrew Cuomo's NY Open for Fishing and Hunting Initiative, an effort to improve recreational opportunities for sportsmen and women and to boost tourism activities throughout the state. Governor Cuomo has expanded recreational opportunities for residents and tourists, positioning New York State as a recreation destination, connecting communities to state lands, and improving the quality of life.

DEC's Hudson River Estuary Program helps people enjoy, protect, and revitalize the Hudson River and its Valley. Created in 1987, the Program is funded through the state's Environmental Protection Fund.

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