NOAA is asking for the public’s input on a detailed plan to develop a national marine sanctuary to conserve historically-significant shipwrecks and related maritime heritage resources along the Potomac River in Maryland and enhance recreational access. The area was proposed to NOAA with broad community support and will be managed in partnership with Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Historical Trust and Charles County, Maryland.
Members of the public, non-profit organizations, schools, businesses, recreational users and others are invited to participate in the meetings on Tuesday, March 7 at the Charles County Government Building Auditorium; 200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, MD.; and Thursday, March 9, at Anne Arundel Community College; Center for Applied Learning and Technology (CALT) Building (Room 100), 101 College Parkway, Arnold, MD.
Both meetings will begin with an open house from 6:30 to 7 p.m., followed by an official program and public comments from 7:00 to 9 p.m.
The public may comment at the public meetings (verbal or written), online at www.regulations.gov, (docket number (NOAA-NOS-2016-0149) or by mailing comments to Paul Orlando, Chesapeake Bay Regional Coordinator; c/o NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office; 410 Severn Ave, Suite 207-A; Annapolis, MD, 21403.
Comments must be received by March 31, 2017.