Department of the Army, U.S. Army Materiel Development and Readiness Command, Environment Assessment, Fiscal Year 1980, Relocation of the Ballast House at Blossom Point, Maryland
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Editor(s): Clifton R. Goodwin
The proposed action is in response to the threat that the bank supporting the Ballast House, on the edge of the Nanjemoy Creek, may collapse and dump the historic structure into the water. The Ballast House is located on the southernmost tip of Cedar Point Neck. The bluff on which the house stands rises approximately thirty feet above the level of the water. The bank is unprotected from both wind and water erosion. Noticeable bank erosion first occurred in 1975 and a precarious position for the house soon developed. Subsequent erosion in March 1978 reached to within three feet of the structure and recent storms and rain have caused the bank to collapse as close as a foot from the house.
It has been determined that it is necessary to prevent the house from falling into Nanjemoy Creek for the following reasons. The house and its septic tank system would represent a threat to the aquatic integrity of the heretofore relatively unspoiled shoreline. In addition, the old house, built between 1790 and 1815, has recently been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and should be protected. After all alternatives were considered, the most economical option was to relocate the house away from the bank.
This report includes: memorandums of agreement, related correspondence, a 106 case report and mitigation plan, and a memorandum of request for determination of eligibility for inclusion in the National Register.
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Department of the Army, U.S. Army Materiel Development and Readiness Command, Environment Assessment, Fiscal Year 1980, Relocation of the Ballast House at Blossom Point, Maryland. Ray Roudebush, William J. Murtagh, Emerson G. Gray, Clifton R. Goodwin. 1979 ( tDAR id: 439036) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8439036
min long: -79.514; min lat: 38.281 ; max long: -76.838; max lat: 39.749 ;
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Landowner(s): Harry Diamond Laboratories, Adelphi, MD
Repository(s): Adelphi Laboratory
Prepared By(s): Harry Diamond Laboratories, Adelphi, MD
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