Here’s an invitation to everyone who cares about the Chesapeake Bay: Please help us defeat a massive, ill-conceived waterfront development project on Kent Island that will blacktop farm fields and create more runoff pollution into the Bay.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is urging everyone to turn out at 7 p.m. on Tuesday (September 17) for a meeting of the Queen Anne’s County Commission at Kent Island High School, 671 Romancoke Road in Stevensville, Maryland.
Bring signs, banners, and voices opposing the proposed Four Seasons project. Why? Because the development would mean more suburban sprawl and traffic jams on an already crowded and fragile island. Please email CBF organizer Bess Trout firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know you can attend. She’ll be in touch with you with more information. You can also click here to learn more.
Here’s the background: For more than a decade, New Jersey-based developer Hovnanian Enterprises has been trying to build more than 1,000 houses and condominiums in an environmentally critical waterfront area near the mouth of the Chester River, north of Route 50 in Stevensville.
Hovnanian Enterprises claims that they will be vigilant in controlling runoff pollution. But this is doubtful, given that the same company was forced to pay a $1 million fine to EPA three years ago because of stormwater violations at 591 development sites, including 161 in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, according to the federal agency.
The sprawling project would be one of the largest subdivisions ever built within 1,000 feet of a Chesapeake Bay tributary since the 1984 passage of the Maryland’s Critical Areas law, which was meant to protect sensitive waterfront areas like this. This is the wrong place and the wrong time for more sprawl and blacktop.
Please join us on Tuesday and tell the Queen Anne’s County Commission: Say ‘No’ to the Four Seasons! Say ‘Yes’ to a healthy Kent Island and Chesapeake Bay!
By Tom Pelton
Chesapeake Bay Foundation