The Public Access Work Group was created to help advance HEP’s goal of improving public access to the waterfront. The emerging public awareness of water quality improvements brought about by the Clean Water Act and other regulations has fueled a growing desire for more waterfront and water use. Access to the waterfront and waterways is fundamental to sustaining this momentum to improve water quality. The Public Access Work Group undertakes activities identified in the Action Agenda to improve access to the estuary’s waterfront and waterways for boating, fishing, swimming and/or other recreational activities. This includes assessing the needs and challenges, particularly in underserved areas, and advancing community stewardship and the quality of these public spaces.