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Leonardtown in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Leonardtown Wharf

Waterfront Park in the Critical Area

Leonardtown Wharf Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sean C Bath, November 28, 2021
1. Leonardtown Wharf Marker
Inscription.  All lands within 1,000 feet of tidal waters or adjacent to tidal wetlands are in the "Critical Area” that impacts the Chesapeake Bay.

The transition zone between land and water is home to many species of fish, turtles, shorebirds, and other important aquatic organisms. Recognizing that the land immediately surrounding the Bays and their tributaries has the greatest potential to affect water quality and preserve wildlife habitat, the 2002 Critical Area Act of the Maryland General Assembly established a land use and resource management program to mitigate damage and guide development.

Our waterfront park demonstrates that land can be developed wisely to both respond to community needs and to meet the requirements of Critical Areas legislation. Because the waterfront had been a commercial site centuries before the legislation was enacted, the park was granted designation as a Modified Buffered Area, which permits inclusion of some credits for nearby mitigation programs, such as off site tree planting and landscaping, along with the onsite efforts noted here on the plan.

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and restrictions on waterfront development, call the planning and zoning department of your local government.
Erected by Critical Area Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentIndustry & CommerceParks & Recreational AreasWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 2002.
Location. 38° 17.163′ N, 76° 38.312′ W. Marker is in Leonardtown, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from Washington Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Leonardtown MD 20650, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Invasion! (within shouting distance of this marker); Origins of the Compass Rose (within shouting distance of this marker); Trade on the Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker); Fun on the Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker); Steamboats at the Waterfront (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Breton Bay (about 300 feet away); The Legend of Moll Dyer (approx. ¼ mile away); War Comes to Breton Bay (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leonardtown.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 4, 2021, by Sean C Bath of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 90 times since then and 12 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on December 4, 2021, by Sean C Bath of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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Apr. 20, 2024