State Acknowledges “Massive Contamination” in Chesapeake Beach, MD
Mark Mank, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) acknowledged “massive contamination” caused by the military’s use of PFAS at the Naval Research Lab - Chesapeake Bay Detachment in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland during the Navy’s RAB meeting on May 18, 2021.
4th of July Parade
This years Parade will be on Saturday, July 3rd
more info to be posted
Once again we will be having a
HOUSE DECORATING CONTEST
NEED TO SPEED
in the neighborhood
A Big Thank You to Sue Coffey for the addition of the
"PRIVATE BEACH" sign at the front entrance
A few of the many Neeld Estate entrance signs
Neeld Estate sign from the 1950's
Hilltop House Update
I’m sure you’re wondering what is going on with our Hilltop House since the tornado.
Well here’s what I know up to now.
We have a brand new roof which was installed on March 3rd and the name of the color is Nickel Gray. They have ordered siding to match what is already there. There was not enough damage to the siding to replace it all, so it will be matched. All of the frame work for the new porch is in place, just waiting for the siding.
I’m sure that once the outside is completed and power restored the remodeling will really take off.
We have not been given a completion date as yet, but when we do I’ll let you know. If you have questions and you see me out with my dog, feel free to ask - I may not have an answer, but I’ll try to get one for you.
Hilltop House Chairperson
March 21, 2021
2021-2022 NECA OFFICERS
President: Eve Shoemaker
1st Vice President: Danny Bauer
2nd Vice President: Brett Reeves
Secretary: Kari Logan
Treasurer: Kim Phillips
Attention Dog Walkers:
"If your dog leaves it. . . Please Retrieve it"
SCOOP the POOP - It's A Law
Help keep our pets from polluting the Bay. Pet Waste
is one of the major contributors to Bay pollution. The "Mutt Mitt" Doggie Bag Dispensers have been installed, one at each of the main entrances to the beach. Hopefully this will encourage all dog walkers to pick up after their pets.
ENGINE CUT-OFF SWITCHES
FYI to anyone with a boat less than 26 foot
Engine/Propulsion Cut-Off Devices
On April 1, 2021 a new federal law goes into effect that requires the operator of a boat with an installed Engine Cut-Off Switch (ECOS) to use the ECOS link. The link is usually a coiled bungee cord lanyard clipped onto the operator's person, Personal Floatation Device (PFD) or clothing and the other end attached to the cut-off switch, but there are plenty of variations on the market, including electronic wireless devices.
The law applies on all "Navigable Waters of the US".
THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS!
The Neeld Estate community would like to thank the many volunteers who help out all year long.
Whatever part you play in making Neeld Estate a better place to live, we want you to know we appreciate your time and efforts. Thank You!!
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Sand Bagging October & November 2020
Find Your Evacuation Zone Today
After clicking the button above
you will be directed to the
Know Your Zone Map
All You Have To Do Is Know Your Zone
Step 1: Click the 'Find Your Zone' button
Step 2: Enter your Address on the map,
Step 3: See your zone in the search results
Step 4: Evacuate your zone if told to do so by local officials.
DID YOU KNOW??
Nearly 95% of the land in Maryland drains to
the Chesapeake Bay
Update on DNR and the Hydraulic Clam Dredgers
The Plum Point Oyster Sanctuary runs parallel to our shore from Camp Roosevelt to Dares Beach covering over 6,000 acres. Last year clam dredgers dredged razor clams from May to October with very little patrolling by MD DNR. We had one officer for the county and they answer calls for everything from roadside deer poachers to washed up paddle boards. They were very understaffed.
This year we have a new officer. Officer Lopez. She has two officers helping her. She was unaware of last years issues with the dredgers working in and around the sanctuary which is off limits to dredge boats.
Hydraulic clam dredging is very destructive to the bay’s bottom, destroying any grasses and sending silt in huge plumes that can suffocate oysters. It is also not sustainably managed. Clam dredging, where legal, is allowed year round, seven days a week, sun up to sun down, no limit on catch, and no limit to how loud the boats can be and they are really loud!
Our sanctuary boundary begins just offshore and is poorly marked by moving markers that have not been reset in years. The boats are not allowed to dredge beyond the boundary markers. Other sanctuary boundaries run to the shore line but ours does not. This seems to be a loophole for a free for all for these boats that mostly come from the Eastern Shore where most of their clams are depleted and they are finally enforcing the new SAV (sub aquatic vegetation) zone boundaries.
MDE is going to be resetting the markers and adding new ones. If you have one as a lawn ornament and would like to give it back please let me or Officer Lopez know. They will not just go around taking them.
Officer Lopez has been patrolling and warning the boats but they continue to return and leave when they see the DNR boat leaving the marina. She would appreciate photos and videos if they prove the boat is dredging the sanctuary. That is difficult without markers in the picture. Drones are useful, especially in the case of the photo of a boat making a silt plume. Those photos are useful for showing legislators and the public an example of the environmental destruction.
There are many great and honest watermen out there and being the seafood lover I am, I appreciate them very much. However, crabs, rays and other wildlife feed on the clams and when the clams disappear so do they. It’s happened over and over in other parts of the bay.
If you want to report-
DNR Dispatch 410-295-4663
Our local officer-
Officer Lopez cell 914-912-6938
If you want to let DNR know your thoughts, please call the MD DNR Program Shellfish Division director
Chris Judy 410-260-8259
It would be great if you want to share this with friends in the other communities that are along the shore.
Neeld Estate 1st Annual
House Decorating Contest
And the winners are:
1st Place - Brandi & Keith
2nd Place - Eve & Glynn
3rd Place - Brett & Maryanne
Sea Nettles Probability of Encounters (Experimental)
The jellyfish often encountered in the Chesapeake Bay in the summer is the sea nettle Chrysaora chesapeakei. Knowing where and when to expect this biotic nuisance may help to alleviate an unpleasant encounter.
Unless you are in a dark purple region you may encounter your first sea nettle of 2020, unless you already have. I use this map frequently so I know whether or not I can afford to fall off the paddle board! It’s updated daily. I’ve noticed that in onshore breezes, they swim away from the shore.
At our December 2019 NECA Business Meeting a motion was put on the floor to have our meetings every other month instead of monthly. This motion did not go through because per our By-Laws, this can only be determined/changed by the Executive Committee. That being said, I sent out an email to them (Executive Committee) and everyone agreed to have them every other month. Below is a list of the months we will be having our meetings in 2020. They will continue to be on the first Thursday of these months starting at 6:30 pm.
February, April, June, August, October, December
If you are interested in chairing an event for our community please let Eve Shoemaker know...
it's always a great time when we can get together
with friends and neighbors at a funraiser!
BOOK EXCHANGE is
OPEN for business.
Take a book or leave a book or both. No children's books please. Please be aware of latch on the right hand side, keeps the 'house's waterproof, please use.
Thank you. ENJOY!
Neeld Estate Old Cottage Photos and more
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Neeld Estate Old Photos
Neeld Estate 60's Beach Party
Please remember that the WALL along the waterfront is on Private Property.