Westernport in Allegany County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Working Together for the Community
Westernport Flood Mitigation, Restoration, and Park Development Project
Phase I. Flood recovery efforts included the purchase and removal of 27 homes located within the floodplain, reconstruction of streambank retaining walls to protect highway infrastructure, repair and relocation of sanitary sewers, and the environmental restoration and re-establishment of the floodplain area for a one mile stretch of Georges Creek in Westernport
Phase II. Westernport Creekside Park was developed in the newly acquired floodplain open space. Participants in the planning process included school students, educators, senior citizens, property owners, businesses, civic organizations, community leaders, and elected officials. The plan for the Greenway Park complements the floodplain restoration work, allows for many educational opportunities,
Why use no structural alternatives?
The planting of vegetation along streambanks slows down flow, decreasing erosion and downstream floodpeaks.
Non-structural alternatives promote the creation of pools and riffles which improve fish habitat.
Shade provides improved habitat and helps maintain water temperature.
Restoration efforts using bioengineering methods reduce bank erosion and channel deposition, which significantly reduces maintenance costs.
Working naturally with the waterway will help the creek to stabilize itself and maintain its banks and channel.
Project Partners. Town of Westernport Westernport Elementary School Saint Peters Elementary School Westernport Senior Center Potomac Volunteer Fire Department Westernport Boy Scouts American Legion Victory Post 01-55 Westernport Redman Allegany County Maryland Office of Planning Maryland DNR, Forestry
Location. 39° 29.452′ N, 79° 2.555′ W. Marker is in Westernport, Maryland, in Allegany County. Marker is on Main Street (Maryland Route 937) near Ross Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Westernport MD 21562, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Don Redman (approx. 0.6 miles away in West Virginia); Mayo and Savage (approx. 0.8 miles away in West Virginia); Potomac State College (approx. 5 miles away in West Virginia); Keyser / Averells Raid (approx. 5 miles away in West Virginia); a different marker also named Keyser / Averells Raid (approx. 5.1 miles away in West Virginia); The Crash of Buzz One Four (approx. 5.5 miles away); Major Robert E. Townley (approx. 5.7 miles away); Daniel Cresap (approx. 6.8 miles away).
Also see . . . Governor's Flood Mitigation Task Force for Western Maryland (Submitted on July 28, 2010.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 773 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 28, 2010, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.