Shoreline Conservation Section Chief
Chesapeake & Coastal Service
Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Tawes State Office Building E-2
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
The Critical Area Program is designed to minimize adverse impacts on water quality that result
from pollution; establish land use policies for development; and conserve fish, wildlife, plant
habitats in the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area.
The Critical Area ordinances encourage the use of “soft” techniques to control erosion and
improve shoreline habitat where applicable. Two new laws were passed in 2008 - the Living
Shorelines Protection Act and the Revised Critical Area Laws.
Summary of the New Laws
580 Taylor Ave, Annapolis MD 21401