The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has prepared a draft environmental impact statement/management plan that considers three boundary alternatives for the proposed designation of Mallows Bay-Potomac River as an National Marine Sanctuary.
ANS members and supporters consider Mallows Bay to be a valuable and unique historic and natural resource and strongly embrace the designation of Sanctuary for Mallows Bay and its surrounding environment. We support Alternative D as the best option to protect the many unique resources of this area for the following reasons:
- Alternative D, the largest boundary designation, includes estuarine habitats, valuable for both their ecological and historical significance, that are not protected in the other alternatives.
- The proposed Sanctuary would require additional infrastructure to support its use as an educational and research facility, which is only available in Alternative D.
- NOAA should include the areas covered by Alternative D now because their value means they will inevitably need protection in the future.
Click here to read NOAA’s analysis of the alternatives for the proposed Mallows Bay – Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary designation. Click here to read more about NOAA’s study and decision process for the Sanctuary.
Click here to read our March 17, 2017 letter.