Resources

Below are a number of reports, website links, and other sources with useful tools and information about climate change impacts, risk reduction, and the communities and environment of the Deal Island Peninsula.

 

Additional resources that have been published through the Project can be found under our news and publications tab. These include research findings, recommendations, and progress reports. You can also obtain information about ongoing adaptation planning efforts and progress to date through our community discussion forum. Join the conversation to contribute your thoughts and ideas! 

Flooding Risks and Ditch Conditions 

Do you have phragmites overtaking sections of your property or your ditches? Visit this page for guidance on how to best manage them. 

Do the ditches on your property need maintenance?  Check out this document for information on how to maintain the ditches on your property & contact information for who to call within the Somerset County Dept of Public Works.  

Explore maps developed for the Deal Island Peninsula of future projections of storm impacts and flooding through 2050. 

Explore photos taken from around the Deal Island Peninsula of tidal ditches and flooded roadways. Share additional photos and help us build the case for future assistance!

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Understanding Climate Change & Its Impacts

Climate Central, 2019

 

Read the latest report of how churches may be impacted by flooding in the future, and strategies for reducing these impacts. 

Union of Concerned Scientists, 2018

 

Explore the potential impacts of chronic flooding on property values now and into the future. 

October 2016

This report uses risk industry-based tools to quantify the economic benefits of coastal wetlands for property damage reduction from storm flooding in the northeastern USA. It is estimated that during Hurricane Sandy, temperate coastal wetlands saved more than $625 million in flood damages. Where they remain, wetlands reduced damages by more than 10% on average. In Ocean County, New Jersey, salt marsh conservation can significantly reduce average annual flood losses by more than 20%.

Report by Chesapeake Quarterly and the Bay Journal on Sea Level Rise

Images, videos, and stories from around the Chesapeake region regarding the changing environment and influx of water. Special emphasis is given to how this is effecting and will effect people's livlihoods and way of life.

 "Sea Level Rise is for the Birds: Landscape Level Conservation Planning to Protect Communities, Coastal Wetlands, and Salt Marsh Birds", a publication produced by Lower Shore Land Trust, Audubon Maryland-DC, and Defenders of Wildlife, explores the impact of sea level on natural resources and the communities of the Lower Eastern Shore.

EPA website providing general information about climate change, the impact of climate change, and what we can do about it .  

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Additional Mapping Tools and Guidance for Decision-Making

MD-DNR and the Eastern Shore GIS Cooperative, 2016

 

This flood vulnerability mapping tool was developed for the DIPP as part of the Integrated Coastal Resiliency Assessment, carried out from 2016-2018 on the Deal Island Peninsula. Examine varying flood projections at parcel-level scales and under different scenarios from now through 2050. 

Merlin online is an interactive mapping tool developed by Maryland DNR.  Merlin provides access to spatial data allowing users to create custom maps of any location in Maryland.  Users can choose base maps as well as data layers.

Maryland's Department of Natural Resources is an online mapping and planning tool that allows state and local decision-makers to visually analyze and explore data for coastal and ocean planning activities.

First Street Foundation, 2019

 

Visit this new flood risk tool to better understand flood risks to your property and property value. 

Access a range of information and training resources for taking action to address coastal hazards and risks. 

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Flooding Risks and Ditch Conditions in the Deal Island Peninsula
Shoreline Erosion 

Looking for landscaping tips to help reduce erosion on your property? Explore these conceptual plans developed for both hardened and natural shorelines. Be sure to explore the plant guides below for plants that work well in areas prone to salt spray or in marshlands. 

The Wetlands Mapper provides a tool to identify where on your property different types of wetlands may be located in order to then help you determine which types of wetland plants would be best to plant there to address erosion or sitting water issues. 

Guide for identifying plants that grow well in the Deal Island Peninsula area, and that can help reduce shoreline erosion issues. 

​Explore photos taken from around the Deal Island Peninsula of shoreline erosion problem areas. Share additional photos and help us build the case for future assistance!

Habitat Restoration and Conservation

MD Department of Natural Resources webpage dedicated to providing information about habitat restoration and conservation. Information about living shorelines can be found here.

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Deal Island Peninsula History and Culture

A.M. Foley & P. Smith Rue

 

In this book, authors Ann M. Foley and P. Smith Rue highlight the history and culture of the people who once inhabited nearby Hollands Island, one of 13 islands swallowed by the rising Chesapeake Bay. Learn more about this and other books by Ms. Foley on her website.

By: William Wheatley

Published 2014

 

This history of the Deal Island Area has been generously shared by William Wheatley. Mr. Wheatley wrote this piece about 15 years ago with assistance from some other commuity members. Please credit him with any citations. 

By: Greg Stiverson, Assistant State Archivist

Published April 30, 1977

Published by J. Frank Lewis & Co. of Baltimore

 

Access historic records of Somerset County and the Deal Island Peninsula area though the Maryland Directory from the late 19th century. Information accessible here includes family names, occupations, price of land and expected crop yields, and descriptions of the communities of the Deal Island area and other establishments around Somerset County. Visit the website's link to Somerset County to learn more. 

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