Opposing a ramp on Dymer Creek

Rappahannock Record, March 20, 2014

If anyone wants to see a peaceful creek full of wildlife, come to Dymer Creek and watch the eagles, eaglets, and osprey dive, blue herons feeding near the bank and flying overhead and see oysters growing on the banks.

Dymer Creek is truly a revitalized environmental treasure in Lancaster County.

For those who don’t know Dymer Creek, it is a small narrow creek with many shallow coves and little boat traffic. Years ago there was not marine life because of the menhaden factory on the creek and because the town of Kilmarnock used Simmons Cove for all its sewage run-off.

After many years, thousands of oysters are again growing here. The residents have purposely avoided riprap where possible and instead have living shorelines.

There are osprey nests, one eagle’s nest, and at least five blue heron rookeries at the creek’s headwaters.

A mature eagle monitors Dymer Creek

A mature eagle monitors Dymer Creek

Many come visit this peaceful creek by kayak and boat to watch the eagles, eaglets, herons, swans, ospreys, loons, geese, otters, many sea birds and ducks. It’s genuinely an ecological treasure worth saving for anyone wanting to visit in the future.

If a ramp is put at the headwaters of Dymer, the oysters will die from pollution, the eagles and their offspring will relocate, as well as the osprey and other wildlife. The living shorelines will be distorted by wakes from additional boat traffic. Dymer Creek will die.

There are ways to see Dymer Creek by water using nearby ramps on Indian Creek, Antipoison Creek, and Windmill Point. Why destroy an environmental treasure? We are opposed to the ramp for large boats at the headwaters of Dymer Creek in Simmons Cove.

Don and Kathy Davidson
Kilmarnock

Response from the Town of Kilmarnock, Mr. Marshall Sebra, Planning/Zoning Director
March 21, 2014

  …to the best of my knowledge the town has never delivered sewage run-off to Dymer Creek.

The town’s wastewater treatment plant and discharge is located on the headwaters of Indian Creek, where it has always been.  Truthfully, the water quality of Dymer Creek headwaters has benefited greatly over the years from the town’s sewer system.  The many connections made to our system in that watershed has greatly reduced the number of failing traditional septic systems that otherwise provided a source of pollution.

On behalf of the town, I would appreciate your acknowledgment and correction of this false statement by way of retraction in next weeks paper.  In addition, please take corrective measures on www.dymercreek.org and any other source of information where the aforesaid has been stated about the Town of Kilmarnock.

Sincerely,
Marshall A. Sebra, Planning/Zoning Director

Town of Kilmarnock,
P.O. Box 1357
Kilmarnock, VA 22482

 

2 thoughts on “Opposing a ramp on Dymer Creek

  1. Don Davidson, JR, MD

    I grew up on Dymer, and owned and operated Northern Neck Kayak, a guides kayak touring and fishing service, out of the Tides Inn.

    I have navigated the entire coastline of the Northern Neck by kayak and mapped out every access point possible.

    I even successfully lobbied for a kayak launch at Dameron Marsh. Which consisted of a small grass pathway to the water, far from any home owners property.

    I had manuscript drafted for a paddlers guide to the northern neck, highlighting all the access points, my adventures, camping and fishing spots.

    Given my experiences I decided the real value of the Northern Neck is that not everything is easy to get to – the fishing holes, the back creeks – there are not guides to all the local spots. Sometimes the real value of a place, what makes it special -is overlooked when people start beating the public access drum. I didn’t publish my work because I decided what makes the place special is that there isn’t a water trail everywhere and you have to find your own way a bit. I think it can take people a little soul searching to realize that.

    And also … There is literally a much better boat ramp at the Chesapeake Boat Basin 5 minutes from the proposed ramp…

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  2. Tom Standish

    If I’m not mistaken, no one is holding Mr. Sebra responsible for waste treatment back in the 30′s and 40′s, regardless where it ended up. Nor does it sound like the letter to the editor is disparaging Kilmarnock – a town we all support with our love and our wallets. So why the hubris, Mr. Sebra?

    I’ll give anyone who is trying to preserve what we all love – the creeks, rivers, the bay, and the wildlife – the benefit of the doubt. Dredging Simmons Cove is not doing anything to improve the water quality of Dymer Creek.

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