The Critical Area Commission adopted renewable energy provisions that became effective
on March 8, 2021. These regulations provide applicants, local governments, and State
agencies with the requirements for renewable energy applications in the Critical Area.
Climate change causes storm surges, higher sea levels and more intense storms, as well as droughts and higher air and water temperatures, making your property and its shoreline vulnerable to flooding and erosion.
A keystone of the Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Protection Program is the establishment, preservation, and maintenance of a 100-foot, naturally vegetated, forested buffer (the Buffer) landward from the Mean High Water Line of tidal waters or from the edge of tidal wetlands and tributary streams.
The Chesapeake Bay is the largest and most productive estuary in the United States.
Created in 1984 by the Critical Area Act, the Commission is a 29-member autonomous
body appointed by the Governor. The Commission is responsible for upholding the three
goals of the Critical Area Law: to minimize adverse impacts on water quality from
stormwater runoff; conserve fish, wildlife and plant habitat; and establish land use
policies to accommodate growth, but recognize that human activities in the Critical Area
can create adverse environmental impacts....(More)
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