Click to Home

Go To Search
RSSPrintEmailFacebook
Environmental Section
Overview
The natural resources and sensitive areas section of the Comprehensive Plan states that we should encourage preservation, protection and conservation of natural resources.

Environmental Commission
 
For more information, visit the Environmental Commission page

Chesapeake Bay Critical Area (CBCA)
The Maryland State Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Protection Act, passed in 1984, was significant and far-reaching, and marked the first time that the State and local governments jointly addressed the impacts of land development on habitat and aquatic resources. The law identified the "Critical Area" as all land within 1,000 feet of the Mean High Water Line of tidal waters or the landward edge of tidal wetlands and all waters of and lands under the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries (includes the Patuxent River).  For more information on local programs and regulations in the Critical Area, visit the County Critical Area page

County Critical Area Reforestation Program ~ "Free Trees in the Critical Area"

Free trees are available for Critical Area property owners who have an area on their property they would like to plant with trees to help the county maintain 100 percent of existing forest cover within the Critical Area. For more information, visit the Critical Area page.

Floodplain Management
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has identified special flood hazard areas within the boundaries of Calvert County.  Special flood hazard areas are subject to periodic inundation which may result in loss of life and property, health and safety hazards, disruption of commerce and governmental services, extraordinary public expenditures for flood protection and relief, and impairment of the tax base, all of which adversely affect the public health, safety, and general welfare.  Floodplains are defined by the Federal Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM).  Where map boundaries and elevations disagree, elevations prevail.  FIRM Maps are available from the  Community Planning and Building.  For more information on development within and near a floodplain area, visit the Floodplain Management page.

Forest Conservation Program
Early in 1990 Governor Schaeffer created a Task Force to assess the problems and potential of Maryland's trees and forests to promote land stewardship. One recommendation of the Task Force was creation of a forest conservation, protection and reforestation law. The Department of Natural Resources Forest Service and various partners wrote the Forest Conservation Act and Regulations.

The main purpose of the Maryland Forest Conservation Act (Natural Resources Article Section 5-1601 through 5-1613) enacted in 1991 was to minimize the loss of Maryland's forest resources during land development by making the identification and protection of forests and other sensitive areas an integral part of the site planning process.  For more information on the local program and requirements, visit the Forest Conservation page.

Contact Us
Dave Brownlee, PhD, AICP
Environmental Section Leader
Principal Environmental Planner
Ph: 410-535-1600 ext. 2338 
Email 

Pam Anderson 
Secretary to
Environmental Commission
(Part-Time) 
Email

Christine Finamore 
Planner III-Environmental
Development Review - Non-Critical Area
Grading, Site Plan,Subdivision, Forest Conservation 
Ph: 410-535-1600 ext. 2321 
Email

Tay Harris
Planner II- Environmental Grants)
Watershed Planning, Coastal Communities
Ph: 410-535-1600 ext. 2501 
Email

Steve Kullen
Planner II
Bay Restoration Fund Manager
Grants Administrator
Ph: 410-535-1600 ext. 2336 
Email

Robin Munnikhuysen 
Planner III-Critical Area 
Vegetation Removal Permits
Critical Area Reforestation Program
Ph: 410-535-1600 ext. 2502 
Email

John Swartz, CFM
Planner III-Critical Area
Development Review-Critical Area
Permit Review 
Certified Floodplain Manager
Ph: 410-535-1600 ext. 2238
Email

Media CenterCounty MapsShop Local