Thanks, but no thanks

Rappahannock Record, March 20, 2014

I have lived on Dymer Creek for 23 years, enjoying the peaceful surroundings, the wildlife, and the gentle sport of canoeing, lately with my grandchildren, and sometimes with my husband, who suffers from dementia.

The proposed boat ramp, a project sneakily contrived by our Lancaster county government, will surely have a negative effect on our creek and environs. It is to be build in a marsh, with about 500 feet of dredging required, destroying habitat and the aquatic life that sustains our winter ducks.

Since that which is dredged often re-silts, the dredging could become an ongoing disturbance, as will the increased number of motor craft. Wakes from carelessly operated boats damage shorelines and could throw silt into the oyster rafts from which some our residents are trying to replenish the oyster population.

Heron taking the fish home to the family on upper Dymer Creek, near the rookery

Heron taking the fish home to the family on upper Dymer Creek, near the rookery

The pair of herons I saw on my dock this morning, the circling eagles, the ospreys and the playful otters may vanish from the unfriendly environment created by this foolish project.

Another issue is safety. Those who partake of the quiet pastimes of canoeing and kayaking, and the children who play in the creek before and after jellyfish season will be endangered if our creek becomes a thoroughfare for speeding motorboats, obviously producing unsafe wakes.

A 35-car parking lot is an invitation to unwholesome partying, and the proposed increased police presence on Fleets Bay Road indicates that the county government is aware of this possibility.

All of this is at taxpayers’ expense. I suppose the donor of the 5.7 -acre parcel will receive a tax write-off, and some contractors will make a bit of money, but it is an unwelcome gift to our neighborhood.

Mary K. Helne
White Stone

2 thoughts on “Thanks, but no thanks

  1. don davison

    Deception Creek, The headwaters of Dymer Creek are usually very calm,but down at the mouth of the creek it can be very rough. The North wind is the cause. About one third of the trips down the creek to the bay cannot be completed because of waves caused by the North wind. A light wind in a long fetch makes it impossibe to make it past the markers. Turning back can be tricky if not dangerous. I would be great to have a ramp in a place that would allow you to be either in the bay or in the river. The river protects a boat from the North wind. That would save your boating day!

    1. Joy Gwaltney

      “Deception Creek” That’s apt – really. It’s amazing how often I’m paddling down Dymer in my kayak, then hit “the wall” – the chop that pushes up as far as the first S-curve. Surprise! Time to paddle back…


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