In 2005, I attended a meeting about a
proposed mega-scale golf course, hotel,
and housing resort to be located along
the wild and scenic Little Blackwater
River in Dorchester County, Maryland.
This 2,700-unit mega development
would have doubled
the population of
Cambridge. Over the
following two years,
growing numbers of
local people, including
watermen and farmers,
showed up at public
hearings to protest
the proposed resort.
We had virtually no
political support until
CBF joined with us in calling out the
sound planning principle violations.
CBF’s alignment with the local citizens
created a turning point in our fight
to save rural lands on the edge of
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
In 2007, the state of Maryland bought
over 700 acres of the contested
property and committed to establishing
best management practices for
agriculture and environmental
stewardship. Our battle to save this
land was largely successful and, with
CBF’s encouragement, the citizens
formed the non-profit Dorchester
Citizens for Planned Growth (DCPG),
which remains active today.
Lifelong Chesapeake Bay Waterman
and President of Dorchester Citizens for
A great egret prowls the shoreline at
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
in Cambridge, Maryland.
PHOTO B Y MADELEINE DW YER