Is There a Solution for Failing Septic Systems in the Port Tobacco Watershed?

Join us Thursday, March 15, for a public program on funding sources such as the Bay Restoration Fund that may be available to address failing septic systems in the Port Tobacco River watershed. The program will feature speakers from the Charles County Office of Planning and Growth Management, the Town of La Plata, the Maryland Department of the Environment, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The U.S. Geological Survey and the Port Tobacco River Conservancy conducted surface and groundwater studies several years ago, http://porttobaccoriver.org/about-the-port-tobacco-river/surface-and-ground-water-study/ Sampling and analysis of soil sediment cores, groundwater, pore water and surface water showed how septic contaminants in groundwater could move through soil layers, discharge to intermittent streams in ravines, and be transported to the Port Tobacco River. These contaminants included enterococci bacteria, nitrates, ammonium and organic wastewater compounds. Soil conditions in many areas are such that septic pumping and nitrogen removal retrofits are not long-term solutions. Many of these communities are not near sewer mains, so homeowners in those communities cannot take advantage of current programs to connect individual homes to existing sewers.

The program will take place on Thursday, March 15, from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at the Historic Port Tobacco Courthouse, 8430 Commerce St, Port Tobacco MD 20677. The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

A Public Tree Planting Project – Port Tobacco River Park

Preserve Plant Play

 

Residents are invited to help plant trees along the Port Tobacco River as part of a month-long celebration of Earth Day. Grab the kids and join us for a few fun-filled hours of improving our local environment!
The Conservancy for Charles County and the Port Tobacco River Conservancy have partnered with Charles County Government to develop a natural tree buffer area to help protect the important wetlands that surround the Port Tobacco River. With the assistance of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Charles County recently acquired 149 acres of undeveloped land along the headwaters of this historic river. Initial plans call to convert the existing agricultural fields into natural forest buffer areas in an effort to create watershed protection and natural wildlife habitat. This public tree planting event is the first step towards that goal. In time, the Port Tobacco River Park will offer public access to hiking trails and outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities.
Four separate event dates are available:
• Saturday, April 2 9:00 a.m. – Noon
• Sunday, April 3 Noon – 3:00 p.m.
• Saturday, April 9 9:00 a.m. – Noon.
• Sunday, April 10 Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Due to parking limitations, preregistration is required. To sign-up, please call the Charles County Parks Division Office @ 301-932-3470 or register online using Volunteer Spot. Go to http://vols.pt/nZdkcc
Port Tobacco River Park is located on Chapel Point Road in Port Tobacco, Maryland (approximately 1 mile from Rte. 6). With the exception of special events, this park is currently not open for public access.

April 16 PTRC Meeting — Restoring Streams and Rivers to Health

Join us Thursday, April 16, as Kirk Mantay, Watershed Restoration Director of the South River Federation, tells us how they are bringing Church Creek back to life and how we can use the same practices in Charles County watersheds. The meeting is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Time: 7:00 to 9:00 pm
Location: Holiday Inn Express Banquet Hall, 6860 Crain Hwy, La Plata, MD 20646