DIPP Admin
Jun 5, 2017

Updates on Deal Island Shoreline Grant/Project

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Edited: Jun 21, 2017

Questions? Contact Sasha Land (DNR) (sasha.land@maryland.gov)


General Timeline:

  • Phase 1: Between June 2017 - June 2018, DNR will work with a design/engineering firm to create engineered plans for the shoreline project and will hold community meetings.

  • Phase 2: June 2018 - 2019 (pending funding)


Update from Bhaskar Subranmanian (DNR) 6/21/16:

The Maryland State Legislature has approved FY18 money to support the design of a resiliency project on the Deal Island shoreline project through the newly formed Capital Resiliency Grant Program. The funds will be used to develop the design of shoreline features to enhance resiliency in the Deal Island Peninsula. Maryland Department of Natural Resources, which is coordinating the project’s implementation, is still waiting on Federal funding from NOAA to be approved before the project can move forward. Details about the design will be forthcoming.


Jun 22, 2017

This is the Living Shoreline project proposed for the area along the shoreline between Crowell Rd. (also known as Soundside Estates Rd.) and the Hunt's Hill area in the direction of Wenona. The purpose of this project is to prevent erosion of the very narrow beach to so that the Tangier Sound doesn't penetrate into the interior tidal ponds just on the other side of the beach.

New Posts
  • Oct 17, 2017

    Somerset County and the Maryland Dept of Natural Resources are in the early phases of design for a shoreline project at the end of Crowell Road and in the area known as Hunt's Hill on the Deal Island Peninsula. If there are considerations that you would like to be taken into account during the design phase please use this form to submit comments. Comments will be taken until November 3, 2017. Call Bhaskar Subramanian (443-454-1638) with any questions, or if easier, you can also provide your comments directly to Bhaskar by phone. Access the form here: https://goo.gl/forms/hNPHmu5H5rwoWber1
  • DIPP Admin
    Aug 18, 2017

    Help us develop a list of local properties in and outside of the focus areas that are experiencing moderate (4-8 ft) or high (8ft or more) annual erosion rates. In comment section below, list property location (with address if possible) with a brief description of the issue (e.g., What's causing it as far as you can tell? Is it happening on a natural shoreline or one with bulkhead or riprap? Roughly when did the problem start?). Photos are helpful as well. Erosion problem areas that we've documented to date include: Crowell Rd./Hunts Hill natural shoreline property on Deal Island: Significant erosion is occurring along this shoreline, which once had substantial dune structures that provided critical barriers during storm events. The forest area on backside of the shoreline is also dying due to saltwater intrusion. In several locations, the Tangier Sound is on the verge of breaking through to the tidal marsh in the Middle Creek Marsh area, which would increase wave action and erosions rates to interior sections of Deal Island, with potentially severe impacts for the Ballard Road community, a historic church, and Deal Island Road. Haines Point shoreline at Harrison Point Rd. in Chance: The unmaintained natural shoreline property between Tangier Sound and Haines Pond at the end of Harrison Point Rd. has eroded significantly since Hurricane Sandy, and is beginning to compromise neighboring properties, which are riprapped or bulkheaded. If allowed to persist, erosion could breach Haines Pond, exposing additional properties near Scott’s Cove Marina to flooding, erosion, and storm vulnerabilities. Little Deal Island: Shoreline erosion on Little Deal Island poses concerns for the harbor area, which causes the harbor to silt in, threatening the commercial vitality of the harbor area. Little Deal erosion also leaves the Harbor area prone to greater storm impacts due to decreased protection. Crab Island: Erosion of Crab Island is decreasing storm protection to the Champ harbor area, and poses a threat to public infrastructure, surrounding agricultural lands, and residential areas should it persist. In addition, it is causing the Champ inlet to fill in. Some have suggested the need for a jetty off of Crab Island to slow erosion rates, which have only worsened since Sandy.
  • DIPP Admin
    Aug 16, 2017

    We'll be organizing a community workshop to discuss what you can do to reduce erosion, maintain your shoreline and off-road ditches; and on using native plants to reduce erosion impacts. As a member of the Shoreline Action Team, we welcome your feedback and suggestions on workshop content, and hope you'll help us promote the workshop as it comes together! Let us know your thoughts/suggestions in the comment section. Timeframe: October 7, 2017 Contact/Leads: CBNERR/Sasha Land (sasha.land@maryland.gov) & UMD/Jo Johnson (kjohns11@umd.edu) Why? To give community members options on property maintenance that helps address water issues on their property
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