Drum Point Property Owners' Association
You may have noticed a tall plant growing along the waterways. The plant, known as Phragmites, is an invasive species. It has a thick stalk that can grow to heights of 13 feet. The DPPOA is working with specialists certified by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in the control of this plant, which according to the DNR, “reduces the diversity of plant and wildlife species.” The following link provides information on how you, as a property owner, might control Phragmites (cut and paste into your browser):
http://dnr.maryland.gov/wildlife/Pages/plants_wildlife/Phragmites.aspx (cut and paste the link).
Click on the following link to download a form to request treatment for Phragmites on private property. Please read the form fully before making the decision to have your area treated.
For information on what can and cannot be recycled in Calvert County, cut and paste the following link into your browser: http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?nid=361
Board Member, Curt Larsen, hard at work securing the "bio-logs"
Report to the Board of County Commissioners
Rules on Low-Phosphorous Fertilizer
During the 2009 legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly passed the Chesapeake Bay Phosphorus Reduction Act prohibiting the sale of lawn fertilizer that is not low-phosphorous fertilizer. On or after April 1, 2011, lawn fertilizer sold in Maryland must contain not more than 5 percent of available phosphoric acid. Fertilizers with higher concentrations of phosphorus will be allowed only in special situations and for new lawns and turf. Newly planted areas require more phosphorus to promote root growth, while established plants and turf need very little phosphorus. The legislation helps protect the Chesapeake Bay from high concentrations of phosphorus that can lead to algae blooms and oxygen depletion.
For additional information, click the link and download a fact sheet on lawns and the Chesapeake Bay
from the University of Maryland Extension.
Don't throw this crab back into the water (Click the link for information on an invasive species of crab:
Click on the following link (or cut an paste into your browser) for information on the invasive Lantern Fly:
The following link will take you to the Bay Weekly article on the Kudzu Bug
Cut and paste the following link into your browser for more information on the kudzu bug: www.kudzubug.org
IF YOU LIVE WITHIN 1,000 FEET OF TIDAL WATER, YOU ARE IN THE CRITICAL AREA AND SUBJECT TO RULES AND REGULATIONS REGARDING THE REMOVAL OF VEGETATION.
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR INFORMATION.
Stiff penalties are imposed for unauthorized clearing in the buffer, and maintenance of existing lawns is allowed.
You may be aware of relatively high levels of arsenic, a naturally occurring element, being reported in some area wells. If you would like to have your well water tested, you can contact
The Calvert County Health Department
Division of Environmental Health at 410-535-3022.
The sampling fee is $90.00, and the analysis fee an additional $15.00. It takes approximately 3 - 4 weeks to receive the results, however, private labs are able to do it quicker and for a slightly reduced amount. Please note, most wells in Drum Point do not access the Aquia Aquifer for water (the aquifer that most often shows elevated levels of arsenic.
The Board of Directors, in conjunction with the Southern Calvert Land Trust, has helped spearhead the effort to address runoff across Rousby Hall Road into Leason Cove. This runoff causes silt to collect in the Cove. In order to slow this runoff, "bio-logs" were installed on a vacant lot on the opposite side of Rousby Hall Road. These "bio-logs" gather the soil and debris that would otherwise wash across the road when it rains. This project was done at zero cost to the Community. Board Member, Curt Larsen, hard at work securing the "bio-logs."