Ecological nightmare

Rappahannock Record, March 20, 2014

On February 27, the agenda for the meeting of the Lancaster board of supervisors meeting appeared in the Rappahannock Record and included an item regarding a presentation of a deeded gift of land to the county on Dymer Creek for the intended purpose of building a boat ramp to provide public access to the Chesapeake Bay.

I am appalled to learn that the county is behind this 100%.

Lesser Scaups, or "little bluebills" are summer visitors on Dymer Creek

Lesser Scaups, or “little bluebills” are summer visitors on Dymer Creek

This prong of Dymer Creek where the access is proposed is an extremely shallow pristine wetlands marsh. The county proposes to dredge the creek to a 4-1/2-foot depth. This is a breeding place for heron and other waterfowl and there is reportedly an eagle’s nest on the shoreline as well.

I am most concerned about the environmental impact on the creek from loss of wetlands, disturbing the very shallow prong by dredging, impact to wildlife, and the increased wave action from boats and jet skis zipping up and down this narrow prong. The increased boat traffic will negatively affect all shorelines along this prong as well as along the main channel of Dymer Creek.

I have owned my home on this creek for over 11 years and have lost all my shoreline grasses due to the excessive wakes primarily from non-resident boaters that refuse to slow down as they approach the narrow areas of the creek.

My grandchildren and I also have had encounters from speeding boats when we have been kayaking, canoeing and swimming, thus creating a safety issue.

This project is an ecological nightmare and if it comes to fruition, it will negatively impact Dymer Creek forever.

To build a boat ramp on a shallow backwater that is 2-1/2 miles from Chesapeake Bay is a reprehensible act.

Georgine Villafana
White Stone

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