Date: 11/4/20 8:33 pm
From: Marcia Watson <marshwren50...>
Subject: RE: [MDBirding] Sands Road Park, Anne Arundel County, wastewater/leachate hearing
Joanne,



I would think that if this concern proceeds into any type of mitigation, birding access could well be affected. Even if they don’t mitigate immediately, they could well close the site down because of liability issues. So thank you for the heads up. It’s worthwhile to follow this issue.



Marcia

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Marcia Watson

Patuxent Bird Club

A Chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society

www.patuxentbirdclub.org



Bowie, MD

<Marshwren50...>



From: 'jovet' via Maryland & DC Birding [mailto:<mdbirding...>]
Sent: Wednesday, November 4, 2020 11:13 PM
To: <mdbirding...>
Subject: [MDBirding] Sands Road Park, Anne Arundel County, wastewater/leachate hearing



Many of us bird at Sands Road Park. There is a hearing about wastewater concerns at the park on Monday Nov 9. I do not know if this impacts birding at the site, but for those of you interested, I will copy and paste the information a member of another local residents group posted. While waste water leachate is not of specific interest to birders, the health and changes that may impact habitat are something some of us are interested in and follow.



Sands Road Park is located at 4910 Sands Road, Lothian, MD 20711. Apparently 72 acres was once a rubble landfill, accepting appliances, construction debris, demolition debris, stumps, etc. The operator, Al Ray Concrete, stated there was no hazardous waste dumped at the site. The park is about 182 acres, and encompasses the unlined rubble dump. Residents have some concern about potential pollution from the site and it does not seem that the type or amount of pollution potential has ever been quantified.



Previous permit, with info about the site and history, can be found here:

https://www.aacounty.org/departments/recreation-parks/parks/opportunity-request/Ground_Discharge_Permit_1.pdf



The following information was posted by a park neighbor in a FB group and gives information, including a link for registration to the hearing:



Sands Road Neighbors -

Next week, the Maryland Department of Environment will hold a public hearing to discuss the closed Al-Ray rubble landfill. We have included details about the hearing below.

Background on Al-Ray Landfill and the proposed permit: Al-Ray is a former rubble landfill that was closed, acquired by the County and now is designated as a community park, located off Sands Road. The landfill remains contaminated from prior uses, and continues to discharge pollution into the surrounding water and environment. Federal law requires that these sites operate with a State discharge permit which comes up for renewal from time to time. The County (the owners) and the State (the regulating agency) have not fully explored cleaning up the site beyond its current condition. We are concerned that the current disposal permit does not go far enough to protect community members.

What: There is an opportunity for public participation hosted by Maryland Department of the Environment in order to listen, review concerns about the renewal of the discharge permit for that site and to answer citizen’s questions. The State issued hearing notice is attached for your information. You must register in Advance to participate in the hearing.

When: Monday, Nov 9, 2020 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM EST

Where: This is a virtual hearing. The registration link is here: <https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6229328617257452046?fbclid=IwAR1K29YfimSU6XA6MXMmcGCyKBESNSuxarfEKOjpUXLOMarDYsjGqy65Cqc> https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/regi.../6229328617257452046.

Get involved: We urge you to sign up to attend or testify at this public hearing. You do not need to be an expert to speak up. For example, you can raise questions about the rationale for allowing this site to continue as before; raise any questions you might have regarding the site and its former operations; or share any concerns or experiences you have had with this site."



Thank you for your interest.



Joanne





Joanne Howl, DVM

West River, MD







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