by Lisa Tome
While grant funds have been scaled back significantly.
A looming Living Shoreline Project at North East Isles has gotten a big financial boost from both independent and government agencies.
The project will provide erosion control of 4,800 lineal feet in the shoreline at North East Isles.
What paved the way for this project was the plan compiled by project partner K.C. Warawa. Back in 2010, Warawa complied and authored the North East Isles Site Management Plan. That plan was approved by the Town of North East and the county's Critical Areas Commission. The plan consists of a landscape and buffer zone plan for the 38 acre parcel.In three grant cycles, the project has received $300,000 in funding. Grant funding for this project was provided by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Maryland Department of the Environment, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The North East Isles Community chipped in $85,000 in matching funds.
Marine construction company, Shoreline Design, LLC, will do the work. Students from Cecil College and Stevenson University will also be on site and will study the area. Extension vegetation will also be planted including marsh hibiscus and blueflag iris.
The goals of the project will be to stabilize and preserve the shoreline and deep water marina. The peninsulas on either side of the marina pier will also be protected and preserved.
Tom Stewart, a property owner in North East Isles is one of the partners in this project. He explained that getting the work done has been several years in the marking. He said that he watched the area fall victim to erosion and began working with others to preserve it.
"We have an active community association here and this was a frequent point of discussion," said Stewart. Members of the association also worked with previous shoreline stabilization projects.
"This is the most environmentally-oriented community I've ever heard of," said Stewart.
He also said that perseverance was the key to getting the whole project funded. The grant money came in cycles, a little at a time.
Stewart said that working with various agencies including Chesapeake Bay Trust was eye-opening. "In those agencies, there are really great people. I never thought government could do anything right. I was very impressed with the agencies we worked with," he said.
The Living Shoreline project will start right before or right after Thanksgiving. The work should take 6-10 weeks to complete. "There is a lot of excitement here for those who have watched the deterioration," Stewart added.