Take a look at this aerial photo of the lush green forest beside Deep Cove Creek in southern Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Does this look like the right place to build a subdivision, with driveways and roofs replacing the trees beside this Chesapeake Bay tributary?
No, it's the worst possible place for development. And yet, the Snyder Development Corp., is proposing to build 18 homes right here, just to the left of the bend at the top of this picture.
Opposition to the project has been led by a citizens group called South Arundel Citizens for Responsible Development (SACReD). The Chesapeake Bay Foundation recently challenged the developer's application for a permit from the Maryland Department of the Environment to destroy forested wetlands and build the Turtle Run project on this 127 acre parcel, off Deep Cove Road and Shadyside Road in Shadyside, Maryland.
Cutting down the trees would eliminate an important filter that keeps pollution out of a waterway that flows into a section of the Bay that is already classified by the state as impaired by pollution.
The Turtle Run at Deep Cove project is a poster child for poorly planned waterfront growth. Yes, the homeowners would probably enjoy waterfront views. But it's bad for the Bay to pile up houses, right along the water, in environmentally critical areas like this.
"Nooo!" quoth the turtle.
By Tom Pelton
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Check out SACReD's Facebook site --called "Run, Turtle, Run" -- on the development project by going here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Run-Turtles-Run/161278020568805
(Photo at top by Mike Shay/ SACReD; bottom photo by CBF/Bill Portlock)