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September 9 event will take place at South River High School


Annapolis, Maryland (August 27, 2014) — On Tuesday, September 9, Anne Arundel County’s Department of Planning and Zoning will host an open house in conjunction with the City of Annapolis to educate citizens on their flood risk following the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) recent release of updated Coastal Flood Maps.


Known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), these maps indicate flood-prone coastal areas in Anne Arundel County, and are used by insurance companies to determine flood insurance rates for buildings and contents. County residents and property owners are encouraged to learn more about their flood risk and the updates illustrated on the preliminary maps.


Using interactive flood maps, representatives from the state and county, as well as FEMA and their mapping partners, will be available to answer flood risk and insurance questions, and explain the maps.


The preliminary FIRMs and the associated Flood Insurance Study (FIS) that will be shared provide the basis for flood risk education and floodplain management measures. Anne Arundel County is required to adopt updated maps to continue participating in the National Flood Insurance Program, which makes flood insurance available to the community.


As a result of these map updates, some buildings in the county may, for the first time, be included in a high-risk flood zone, known as the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). This may result in mandatory purchase of flood insurance for those property owners who are affected. FEMA staff will be at the Open House and will be available to talk to property owners about these updates and what they mean for them.


The county’s Open House will be held at South River High School in the cafeteria from  6-8 p.m. Parking is available onsite. For more information about the event, contact Hope Stewart, Community and Constituent Services Director, by calling 410-222-1527. To learn more about floodplain changes, go to or, or to find links to the interactive mapping website, visit


After thorough search, current farmer agrees to restore organic operation


Annapolis, Maryland (August 26, 2014) — Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman today announced the county has reached a decision regarding future operation of the Naval Academy Dairy Farm. Following a thorough and transparent search to find the most qualified farmer to operate the Gambrills farm, the county is awarding a five-year lease, effective January 1, 2015, to current tenant Maryland Sunrise Farm, owned by Edwin and Marian Fry. The agreement is contingent upon approval by the County Council and the United States Navy, which owns the farm.


“From the beginning of this process, my administration has gone to extraordinary lengths to work with the community in keeping the Dairy Farm organic. We have held town hall meetings, consulted experts and listened to citizens’ concerns, and have reached a decision that reflects the community’s input,” said County Executive Neuman. “I am pleased that the farm will remain a sustainable business while being returned to organic operation at the request of the administration and the public.”


Although the county’s existing lease with the U.S. Navy and sublease with Maryland Sunrise Farm do not require or mandate organic farming practices, the county issued a Request for Letters of Intent (RLOI) in April to identify bidders interested in continuing organic operation of the farm. The current tenant farmers announced last winter that they wished to discontinue organic farming and begin conventional farming due to challenges including erosion, weeds and invasive deer.


Additionally, the tenant must adhere to the terms of Maryland Sunrise Farm’s previous agreement with the county, including maintenance of identified buildings, lawn care, security and insurance, as well as allowing the 4H Club to use two buildings (previously three) and a portion of the pasture acreage.


  • The county received two proposals for returning the farm to organic operation, the most viable of which came from the current tenant farmers. Under their new sublease, the following terms are required:
  • Rent payable to the county is $25,000 per year, increasing 2 percent annually;
  • 70 percent of the crops produced and pastures shall be transitional organic or certified organic by the National Organic Program (NOP) by January 1, 2018;
  • 100 percent of the crop production and pastures shall be transitional organic or certified organic by the NOP within five years of the beginning of the terms of the sublease;
  • The county or its designee will conduct annual reviews of the progress made by Maryland Sunrise Farm toward full organic certification by an NOP certifying agency;
  • The corn maze and pumpkin patch, which were never organic, will not be organic; and
  • Nothing in the sublease is to be construed as requiring the livestock raised or pastures regularly used by the 4H Club to be certified organic.

Anne Arundel County Works to Determine if Business and Homeowner Assistance Available Following Tuesday's Flooding


Annapolis, Maryland (August 14, 2014) - Many parts of Anne Arundel County experienced flash flooding on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, due to near record-setting levels of rain.  As a result of those floods some homes and businesses sustained damaged.  


Home and business owners should contact their insurance company to determine if their policy will cover their loss. The County is currently working with State and Federal agencies to determine if uninsured home and business owners will be eligible to receive low-interest loans to assist in their recovery efforts. To be eligible to receive a low-interest loan, losses must exceed 40 percent of the property’s value.


For more information, or to be contacted if low-interest loans are made available, contact the Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management via email at   or telephone at (410) 222-0600 during normal business hours. Please include or be prepared to provide information about the type of property, the address, a description of the damage and an estimated repair cost.


If it is determined that the County is eligible to receive low-interest loans, additional information will be provided.

Annapolis, Maryland (August 14, 2014) – The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works (DPW) Bureau of Highways (BOH) has completed preliminary assessments of the road segments and underground utilities overwhelmed by Tuesday’s extraordinary rainfall.  Work to restore and repair washed out road segments, culvert pipes and underground utillity lines has begun and is estimated to cost at least $3 million.   
Flooding and excess rainfall also caused sanitary sewer overflows at the Cox Creek Water Reclamation Facility and Cinder Cover Sewer Pumping Station.
“The intensity of this storm was a knockout blow to parts of our systems,” said DPW Director Christopher Phipps.  “The amount of rainfall on Tuesday equated to at least a 200 year storm event in parts of the County.  Because of the complex and extensive nature of this work, some segments may be closed for two to three weeks.”
One washed out section of Marley Neck Road near Marcy Drive will be closed for an extended period of time.  The rainfall and flooding damage exposed numerous underground utilities that will need to be restored including a 12-inch water main, an 8-inch gravity sewer main, a 32-inch sewer force main and several other gas and electric utiliites.  
Most active road closures are due to flooding and will be reopened to traffic as soon as possible.
Closed Road Segments-Severely Damaged
Culvert Pipe/Paved Surface Damage
Roadway Location
W. Nursery Rd 1300 block
Marley Neck Rd. 300 block
Marley Neck Rd near Howard Rd.
Marley Neck Rd. near Marcy Drive
New Cut Rd. 500 block
Boulevard Pl. First block
Lake Front Dr. First block
Brookwood Rd 8200 block
Scheduled Repairs-Roads to Remain Open
Roadway Location
Solley Road 8000 block
River Road 1200 block
Beaver Road 7600 block
Rock Hill Road 1200 block
St. Ives Drive 200 block
Furnace Ave near Patapsco State Pk.
Light Street Ave W. Chestnut
Sanitary Sewer Overflows
Cox Creek Water Reclamation Facility 57,600 gallons
Cinder Cove Sewer Pumping Station 43,000 gallons
*Both overflows were due to the excessive amount of rainfall.  The Department of Health has closed both Cox Creek and Furnace Creek and has posted signs warning against swimming and other direct water contact with these two waterways until August 20, 2014.  
*Anyone coming in contact with the affected water is advised to wash well with soap and warm water immediately.  Clothing should also be washed.



Annapolis, Maryland (August 8, 2014) — Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman today announced the appointment of Meredith L. Thompson to the position of Public Information Officer. Thompson previously served as Public Affairs Specialist, where she assisted the Public Information Officer with communication efforts.


“Meredith is an extraordinarily talented writer and communicator who is committed to transparency in delivery of information to the public,” County Executive Neuman said. “I am confident she will continue to serve the county well in the role of Public Information Officer.”


Prior to joining the county earlier this year, Thompson was the assistant editor of the Severna Park VoiceArundel Voice andPasadena Voice newspapers in Anne Arundel County. She holds a bachelor of science in Business Communication from Stevenson University.


A resident of Arnold, Thompson is an active member of and volunteer at Bay Area Community Church in Annapolis.

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