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Environment

The Mayo Peninsula is surrounded by sensitive shorelines, including the South River, Rhode River, Chesapeake Bay and the streams and wetlands that feed them.

Many residents enjoy fishing, boating and kayaking and playing in the water. But water quality is a constant concern, as surges from heavy rain continually flush pollutants off developed surfaces into waterways. Loss of trees to development will make the situation worse.

Also, approximate percentage of the Mayo Peninsula is public park land. Much of it is in forest and along the water, providing important habitat for wildlife as well as outdoor space for people, yet none of this parcels has a environmental management plan.

What to do?

  • Watch for development projects that impact the environment and speak up.

  • If you see tree cutting or dirty stormwater runoff at a construction site, call the county and ask them to look into it.

  • Ask the county to fix its APFOs. APFOs are "adequate public facility ordinances". They are supposed to set thresholds that protect communities from development that deteriorates road safety and school quality. We believe they should also address environmental impacts.

  • Insist the county keep exemptions to the state's Critical Areas Law to a minimum.

  • Insist the county hold development proposals to the highest environmental standard possible.

  • Ask the county to create environmental management plans for the Mayo parks.

  • Learn how to manage stormwater and increase wildlife habitat in your yard. Contact the Watershed Stewardship program for help. A Mayo resident is a certified watershed steward!

  • Get involved with Arundel Rivers, which works to protect and improve our rivers.

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Neighbors of the Mayo Peninsula