CONGRATULATIONS Nanjemoy Community !!!
PROTECT Douglas Point... YOU TOOK ACTION!
AUGUST 1, 7:00 p.m.
Community MEETING at
the Nanjemoy Firehouse
PROTECT Douglas Point...TAKE ACTION!
AUGUST 8, 9 and 22 7:00 p.m.
PUBLIC Hearing - Board
of Appeals hearings on Douglas Point
Charles County Government
200 Baltimore Street (PO BOX 2150) La Plata, Maryland
For additional information on Douglas Point and
Strip Mining, read the Friday, July 7 edition of
the Maryland Independent. Letter to the editor on
Page A-4 and a article on Page A-10 "Douglas Point
mining plan on slow boil" by Nancy Bromley McConaty.
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Point Fund to the address below:
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to Protect Douglas Point.
concerning the proposed SURFACE MINING
at Douglas Point in Nanjemoy
Provided at the May 31, 2000 Nanjemoy
Proposed surface mining at Nanjemoy's Douglas
over 600 acres of Forest Land
through Bass Hatchery
habitats for rare Birds and Plants
on Critical Area
50 million year old Fossil Site
County, Maryland is a wonderful place to live. The Charles
County Economic Development Commission Web Site
describes the quality of life in the following words:
Charles County is committed to building a thriving
business environment while retaining the beauty
and quality of life that makes this county an inviting
place to live and grow. Bring your business and
your family to a place you'll be delighted to call
Much of Charles County is still forested. Wildlife
sanctuaries in the southern corner of the county
harbor great blue herons, beavers, and majestic
bald eagles. One hundred and fifty miles of scenic
shoreline make this a paradise for fishermen and
boaters. Relaxing strolls and beautiful sunsets
are here for the taking. Picture yourself calling
Charles County HOME.
Perhaps the most beautiful shoreline in Charles
County is along the Potomac River in Nanjemoy, where
it winds around Liverpool Point, Douglas Point and
Smith Point to form Mallows Bay, Blue Bay and Wades
Bay. This area is home to great blue herons, beavers
and majestic bald eagles described on the Development
Commission's Web Site.
Unfortunately, this beautiful area is at great
risk from a proposal to locate a large surface
mining operation at Douglas Point. Douglas Point
is zoned as "Agricultural Conservation," and the
project cannot proceed without a Special Exception.
A permit for such an exception has been filed with
the Charles County Board of Appeals by Maryland
Rock Industries. According to the application, the
Special Exception uses are "similar in scope and
operational methods" to the Maryland Rock's Goose
The Goose Bay site has been strip mined for approximately
twenty years. For the last three years it has
been operated by Maryland Rock. The actual mining
occurs several thousand feet from the River, with
the processed sand and gravel moved by conveyer
to a large holding area near the shore. From the
holding area the sand and gravel are loaded onto
barges. Operations such as the Goose Bay project
create noise and a large amount of dust.
There are several significant differences to
the Goose Bay operations and the proposed Douglas
Point operation. For example, the barge loading
operation requires water depths of 14'. At Goose
Bay, the loading operation hugs the shore, so the
visual and noise impact is somewhat reduced. At
Douglas Point, however, the water depth where the
loading facilities are proposed is very shallow.
It may be possible to dredge a channel from deeper
water, but the presence of aquatic vegetation may
preclude any dredging in waters with depths of six
feet or less. At Douglas Point, the water depth
remains less than six feet (at low tide) for almost
one-quarter mile off shore! If a pier is constructed
to reach from shore to a point where dredging is
allowed, it would be more than twenty times longer
than the piers already located in the area.
Additionally, the proposed mining operation also
will be much larger and much closer to the shore
than it is at Goose Bay. The overall area to
be mined at Douglas Point will exceed 500 acres.
At Goose Bay the mining operation is on the eastern
side of Route 224. A large portion of the operation
at Douglas Point will be o the western side of Route
224, and the loading facility will be within the