Waterfront Mitigation Planning
The Critical Areas Commission designated the James P. Muldoon River Center, Rowing Center, and Shoreline projects as being located in a Buffer Management Area (BMA) due to the pre-existing development that occupied the site. Under Critical Areas regulations for BMA's, the College is required to plant 2 square feet for each square foot of disturbance within the 100 foot buffer. In addition, the College is required to plant a 25 foot-wide buffer for the same length of shoreline (500 linear feet) as that disturbed by the projects. These plantings are required to be located either at the project site or elsewhere on campus within the 100-foot buffer.
Together, the Muldoon River Center, Rowing Center and Shoreline projects require 58,950 SF of new plantings. Of this requirement, 26,265 SF was mitigated with plantings at the project site. The remaining off-site planting requirement is 32,685 SF.
In order to develop recommendations for the mitigation plantings, the College hired Biohabitats to develop the St. Mary's College of Maryland Buffer Management Strategy. Incorporating the strategies of the draft Biohabitats' report, the College submitted a mitigation plan to the Critical Areas Commission. The mitigation plan for the Muldoon River Center, Rowing Center, and Shoreline projects was approved by the Maryland Critical Areas Commission on June 3, 2009.
The implementation of the planting plan for the Muldoon River Center, Rowing Center, and Shoreline Improvements project is required by the Critical Areas Commission to be completed by December 31, 2009 and will be planted this fall utilizing student and faculty/staff volunteers as the primary labor for this project.
The plan will be presented to the campus for comment and review in September. Formal approval of the plan will be brought to the Buildings and Grounds Committee of the College's Board of Trustees on October 2.