Turner Sta­tion moves for­ward with dredge project

The Dundalk Eagle - - BY THE PEOPLE - By CHAR­LENE MAYO [email protected]­sub.com Fol­low me on Twit­ter @Char_DEa­gle

Last month, Turner Sta­tion Con­ser­va­tion Teams (TSCT) re­ceived $30,000 from an anony­mous source for its Flem­ing Park project.

“This will give us seed money to start up the ac­tual de­sign for the project,” Glo­ria Nel­son, TSCT pres­i­dent, said.

Upon Gov. Larry Ho­gan’s ap­proval to use dredge ma­te­ri­als for pro­jects such as roads and to fill up land, Turner Sta­tion has an op­por­tu­nity to be one of the 10 pro­jects se­lected by the Army Corps of En­gi­neers for a “De­sign With Dredge” project that would cater to the shore­line along Flem­ing Park and con­tin­u­ing to Cle­ment Cove, ac­cord­ing to Larry Ban­ner­man, TSCT board mem­ber.

Ac­cord­ing to Nel­son, the Flem­ing Park project aims to pro­tect the Turner Sta­tion com­mu­nity from cli­mate change, im­prove wa­ter qual­ity and habi­tat in Bear Creek, in­crease water­front recre­ational op­por­tu­ni­ties in Bal­ti­more County, as well as pi­o­neer strate­gies for the in­no­va­tive re­use and ben­e­fi­cial use of dredged ma­te­rial in the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay.

The con­cep­tual de­sign of Flem­ing Park was de­vel­oped by Ma­han Rykial As­so­ciates through col­lab­o­ra­tive De­sign with Dredge pro­gram.

In the past, Turner Sta­tion res­i­dents used Flem­ing Park for crab­bing, fish­ing and site­see­ing, but over time the water­front be­came con­sumed with dense peren­nial grasses.

“Over the sum­mer months, Turner Sta­tion has been so­lic­it­ing sup­port from var­i­ous politi­cians and non-prof­its. This anony­mous donor was overly en­thu­si­as­tic about it and wanted to help be­cause we are are still wait­ing to hear from the Army Corps of En­gi­neers,” Nel­son ex­plained. “We are cer­tainty ex­cited to re­ceive this money, and we hope this will be the be­gin­ning of many.”

Ac­cord­ing to Nel­son, there are many peo­ple that sup­port the project and would like to see it move for­ward.

Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive John Ol­szewski Jr. and his ad­min­is­tra­tion stands with Turner Sta­tion and will be work­ing to help com­plete this dredge project, ac­cord­ing to Nel­son.

There is no dol­lar amount spec­i­fied to com­plete the project be­cause there are so many lev­els, Nel­son ex­plained, how­ever, what­ever fed­eral funds are granted for the project, TSCT has to match it.

The donor sup­port is an im­por­tant mile­stone in mov­ing the project for­ward and achiev­ing its cur­rent fundrais­ing goals for com­mu­nity out­reach, de­sign devel­op­ment and per­mit­ting.

“The 30,000 is a start to make the project a re­al­ity,” Nel­son said.

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