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PEARCE CREEK OUTREACH

BACKGROUND

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The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is the agency responsible nationwide for dredging navigation channels, including the Chesapeake & Delaware (C&D) Canal. The C&D Canal is an important transit route to and from the Port of Baltimore, one of Maryland's leading economic engines. In 1937 the USACE purchased nearly 1,000 acres of farmland bordering Pearce Creek for use as a containment site for dredged material from the C&D Canal approach channels. In order to keep the C&D Canal channels at the authorized depth of 35 feet, dredged material has been placed into 260 acres of this property intermittently, but the site has not been used since the mid 1990's. Since the closing of the Pooles Island open water site in 2010, the USACE has desired to reactivate the Pearce Creek Dredged Material Containment Facility (DMCF).

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

As the communities around the site grew over the years, concerns were raised about whether the site was contributing to poor water quality in domestic wells, which many homeowners have experienced. In January 2013, the US Geological Survey (USGS) released a report commissioned by the USACE, which identified a missing or thin confining clay layer beneath the Pearce Creek DMCF that has allowed degraded water to enter the aquifers underneath the DMCF. The study also found that migration of this groundwater, which moves very slowly, has gradually impacted the water quality in some residential wells in the communities of West View Shores (WVS), Bay View Estates (BVE), and Sunset Pointe, as well as homes along Pond Neck Road adjacent to the Pearce Creek DMCF. Community leaders from WVS, BVE, and Sunset Pointe have met regularly with representatives from the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) and the USACE. These meetings have focused on solutions to the domestic well water problems the communities are experiencing as well as what should be expected when the site is reopened for dredged material placement. Community leaders have visited other active MDOT MPA placement sites to observe how DMCF sites are managed. In addition, a number of public events have been held to inform residents about the project and listen to their questions and concerns as the project progresses.


Economic Impacts of the
Port of Baltimore (POB)
Cecil County


In 2015, the POB identified 13,650 direct jobs that were generated by port industrial and marine activities. There are another 15,890 jobs induced as the individuals in the "direct jobs" spend their wages on goods and services, such as food, housing and clothing. Also, there are an estimated 4,380 jobs indirectly created by the maritime firms and industries that purchase goods and services, such as utilities, office supplies, or maintenance. These induced and indirect jobs are sometimes referred to as secondary or ripple effect jobs. In total, there are over 33,920 jobs in Maryland that are generated by Port activity. This activity produced $3.0 billion in total salaries; and $310 million in state and local taxes.

Cecil County's Share of POB Direct Employment

There are an estimated 25 companies and individuals located within Cecil County that use the Port of Baltimore for international shipping.

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CECIL COUNTY COMPANIES EXPORTING AND IMPORTING VIA THE PORT OF BALTIMORE (2016)

COMPANY LINE OF BUSINESS
AIR CLEAN LLC CERAMIC MODULES (IMPORT)
AQUAFIN INC CHEMICALS (IMPORT)
BATTLEFRONT MINIATURES TOYS/GAMES (IMPORT)
BURRIS REFRIGERATED LOGISTICS FROZEN FOOD (IMPORT)
DANIEL F EDER LOGS (EXPORT)
FLOURON INC BOXES & HARDWARE (IMPORT)
HAIER APPLIANCES (EXPORT)
HERR FOODS FOOD (EXPORT)
IKEA HOME FURNISHINGS (IMPORT)
INTEGRITY TOYS INC TOYS (IMPORT)
LOCUST POINT FARM PACKAGING MATERIAL FOILS (IMPORT)
MARYLAND CORK CO INC CORK (IMPORT)
PLASTICOID CO INC LIDS/CAPS (IMPORT)
PRIMETALS TECHNOLOGIES ROLLER BEARINGS (IMPORT)
RESTORATION HARDWARE HOME FURNISHINGS (IMPORT)
RITCHIE BROS AUCTIONEERS MACHINERY (EXPORT)
TAPETA FOOTINGS INC FIBER (IMPORT)
TIDAL CREEK GROWERS PLASTIC POTS (IMPORT)
WARWICK MUSHROOM FARMS CLIMATE SYSTEM MATERIALS (IMPORT)
WEST COAST MUSHROOMS MACHINERY (IMPORT)
W L GORE & ASSOCIATES INC FIBERS (IMPORT)
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