Piney Point Lighthouse Pier
In late 2019, Southern Maryland RC&D assisted St. Mary's County with emergency repairs of the pier at Piney Point Lighthouse. Working with the Department of Public Works and Transportation and local partners, RC&D was able to ensure the pier could reopen in time for holiday festivities at the lighthouse.
Cedar Point WMA Shallow Water Wetlands
RC&D was fortunate to partner with Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Wildlife and Heritage Service (WHS), Ducks Unlimited, Charles County Soil Conservation District, and Dameron Construction to manage the construction of a new Shallow Water Wetland on the Cedar Point Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Charles County.
Cedar Point WMA is a 1,926-acre tract of land situated on a peninsula between Nanjemoy Creek and the Potomac River, in southwestern Charles County. The property was acquired by DNR in 2009 and is managed by the WHS. It consists of a mix of forested and upland habitats, tidal marsh, non-tidal pools, wetlands, and agriculture. WHS proposed to create approximately 15 acres of shallow (< 2 feet) water, emergent wetlands on land that was farmed.
The restoration consisted of minor excavation, construction of a low berm system, and installation of water control structures. The wetland was designed to allow managers to mimic natural flooding and drying regimes, which will encourage growth of wetland plant communities that are important food sources for wintering waterfowl and other migratory birds. The restored wetland is adjacent to forest and wetlands that border Goose Creek and the Port Tobacco River. The quality of water flowing into these water bodies will be improved.
Regional Farmer's Market Complex
RC&D is managing construction of a farmer's market complex in northern St. Mary's County, which will replace the one currently located at the Charlotte Hall Library. The multi-use site will include:
A Year-Round Value-Added Market Building
A Seasonal Market Stall Building
A Three Notch Trail Connection/Boardwalk and Educational Platform
For more information, visit our Farmer's Market page.