Mallows Bay National Marine Sanctuary Designation, Public Review Process Begun
Public Comment Accepted Until March 31, 2017!
Great news from the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries: the draft designation documents for the proposed Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary and Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary are now published and available for public comment.
The 90-day comment period begins immediately and will close on March 31, 2017. Two public meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at the Charles County Govt Building and Thursday, March 9 at Anne Arundel Community College. Both begin at 6:00 pm.
The web site sanctuaries.noaa.gov/mallows-bay has links to everything you need to access and comment on the documents. Links to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Draft Management Plan, and Proposed Rule are provided there. The Highlights of the Mallow Bay Potomac National Marine Sanctuary Nomination answers "frequently asked questions."
Farther down the page on the NOAA Sanctuaries web site is information on how to submit comments, both via the web and through the mail.
Our sister agency, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, has published a press release with further information.
About Mallows Bay
Mallows Bay is located 30 miles south of Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River in Charles County, Maryland. It is a nationally-significant historic, cultural, and natural resource.
Partners in the Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary Nomination process include the following groups and individuals: Alice Ferguson Foundation; Atlantic Canoe and Kayak Company; Charles County Department of Tourism; Charles County Parks and Grounds; Chesapeake Conservancy; College of Southern Maryland; J.C. Parks Elementary School; Maryland Bass Anglers Sportsman's Society; Maryland Department of Commerce; Maryland Department of Natural Resources; Maryland Historical Trust; Nanjemoy-Potomac Environmental Coalition; National Aquarium at Baltimore; The Nature Conservancy; Piscataway Conoy Confederacy and Sub-tribes, Inc.; Piscataway Creek Discovery Center; and the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium.