Friends of Hunting Creek Venture Up Stream

On Saturday July 27th, about twenty-five paddlers set off toward the upper reaches of the Hunting Creek. This portion of the creek is bordered by marshes with an amazing quantity of wild rice. Wild rice is a native marsh plant that is relatively rare these days. We were also greeted on our trip by the…

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Tier Maps Do Not Preserve Land

Tier maps are mandated by Maryland law to limit the impact of septic systems on the Chesapeake Bay. However, tier maps do not preserve land as was stated at the Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing and implied by Planning Director Mark Willis on July 30th at the County Commissioner’s meeting. Tier maps do not contribute to…

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It is time to start funding the land preservation program

Sustainable Calvert Network is asking the Board of County Commissioners to restore land preservation funding back to at least $2.5 million. According to a recent Preserve Maryland Survey, more than 75% of Calvert County Residents support protecting agricultural lands and waterways. So why would the funds put aside for land preservation be cut by more than 50%? These…

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Changes Needed to the Comprehensive Plan

Calvert County citizens love Calvert County and are interested in seeing it growing sustainably in a way that protects our ecosystem, promotes healthy communities for all residents, and provides suitable jobs for our residents and the creation of a strong economy. There is a great deal that is good in the Calvert County Comprehensive Plan…

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The PAR Fund Program Should be Fully Funded

The Purchase and Retirement Fund is a key component of Calvert County’s overall land preservation and growth control strategy and should be fully funded. It allows prime farm and forestland owners to permanently protect their own lands while protecting Calvert’s rural character. We all win. A farmers’ equity is tied up in the farm, much…

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New Poll Reveals That County Residents Support SCN’s Mission

Smart Growth Maryland commissioned a poll conducted by OpinionWorks, just released today, that confirms all that Sustainable Calvert Network (SCN) has been saying about the desires and concerns of Calvert County residents. According to the poll, 87% of county residents support protecting waterways like the Chesapeake Bay, Patuxent River and local creeks and 79% support…

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Sustainable Calvert Network (SCN) Questionnaire Results

The Sustainable Calvert Network and the Huntingtown Civic Association are  holding a Calvert County Commissioners Candidates Forum from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m on October 15th at the Calvert County Fairgrounds on MD 231. Prior to the Forum, we asked the candidates to answer eight questions, some open ended and others multiple choice. Not everyone…

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Large Crowd Welcomes 16 Candidates for County Commissioner

Over 200 citizens crowded into the hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church to learn about this year’s prospective County Commissioners. Greg Bowen, Executive Director of the American Chestnut Land Trust, welcomed the candidates noting that citizenship is the cornerstone of a democracy and democracies fail if good people don’t come forward to run for office….

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