Board to consider Bavon Beach wetlands request
The Mathews County Wetlands Board will consider two applications for work that will disturb wetlands during its meeting at 7 p.m. next Wednesday, Jan. 4 in the historic courtroom on Court Street.
Bavon Beach Homeowners Association has requested a permit to construct four headland breakwaters—one 300 feet long, one 250 feet long, and two 200 feet long—for a total of 950 feet of breakwater along the Chesapeake Bay in the area of Chesapeake Shores and Bavon Beach. The project would also include a 109-foot pipe extension, 44,000 cubic yards of beach nourishment, and plantings of wetlands grasses.
The proposed project is the result of a cooperative effort among homeowners, the Nature Conservancy which owns the beachfront and a lot adjacent to the water, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service which is charged with protecting the Northeastern Beach Tiger Beetle, an endangered species that inhabits the beach.