Yesterday, we filed an appeal in Circuit Court against the Maryland Department of the Environment for denying the Pines Community a permit to replace a bulkhead with a living shoreline in Chase Creek.
Living Shorelines create life-sustaining wetlands and bulkheads destroy them. Basic Biology 101.
If you follow the excellent series in the Capital Newspaper as to why the Bay and our rivers are improving so little after the expenditure of billions, you will read about the dysfunction of the very agencies who are supposed to be protecting our waterways.
MDE's denial of the living shoreline permit ignores the science, undercuts citizen efforts to improve water quality, and violates the Living Shoreline Protection Act of 2008.
Bureaucratic delays and denials have become a major impediment to restoration efforts. We will continue to challenge MDE, EPA, and the Corps of Engineers to follow their own mandates and issue the permits necessary to help us protect and restore our waterways.
The people of Anne Arundel County are in the process of creating a stormwater fund that will finally enable our Department of Public Works to stop the stormwater runoff that has been killing marine life and making swimming unsafe for decades.
DPW will need permits from the very same agencies as did the citizens of the Pines. We intend to do all that we can to encourage these agencies to help us restore the Severn and the Bay, so that our families and children can once again feel safe swimming, fishing, and boating in our county waterways.
Don't hesitate to help support us in this effort.