– Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming/Union) announced that $250,000 in funding from Act 52 of 2017
has been approved for a new fishing and boating access ramp to be built on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River at Muncy.
Due to safety concerns, the old launch was closed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) while they searched for a new site and funding to construct a new boat access ramp.
“Soon after the existing ramp was closed, my office started hearing from many boating and sportsmen enthusiasts regarding the limiting of access to the river at Muncy,” Everett said. “Since hosting a meeting for the public to hear about the Fish and Boat Commission’s decision to close the existing ramp and plans for a new ramp location, my office has been hard at work trying to secure funding for a new access ramp.”
The closure not only impacted boaters and other sportsmen groups, it was also having an impact on local businesses that relied on customers who utilized the existing launch. As such, Everett, along with Sen. Gene Yaw (R Bradford/Lycoming/Sullivan/Susquehanna/Union), wrote a letter to the governor in August asking for the release of the Act 52 funds after getting a commitment for the Fish and Boat Commission that if funds were released they would do the project.
Additionally, Everett encouraged his constituents to write letters to the governor, imploring him to allow the release of the Act 52 funds.
“I’m proud that my constituents got engaged in the civic process and ultimately were successful in securing funding for this vital public improvement for the community,” said Everett. “Bass fishermen, canoers, kayakers and recreational boaters will all benefit from this, not to mention the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission which missed out on revenue due to many users of the existing ramp not renewing fishing license and boat registrations because of the closure.”
“I would like to thank Rep. Everett for his steadfast commitment to this project, and to the governor’s office for releasing these funds,” said PFBC Executive Director John Arway. “We look forward to re-establishing a safe and convenient access to the West Branch Susquehanna that will be the gateway to recreational fishing and boating opportunities for decades to come.”
For more information, contact Everett’s district office at (570) 546-2084.
Representative Garth D. Everett
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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