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October 2017 Newsletter

Monday, October 16, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ebonique Ellis
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Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) Introduces the 2017 Digital Coast Act

Representatives C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD), Don Young (R-AK), Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), and Charlie Crist (D-FL) today introduced bipartisan legislation that will help local and state governments build coastal resiliency along the United States’ 95,000 miles of shoreline. (Read More...)

 

250 Years Anniversary of Mason-Dixon Line

Outgoing President Patrick Simon visited the Re-Dedication Ceremony in West Virginia. This historic event was memorialized by Governor Jim Justice who declared October 15th "Mason-Dixon Day" in West Virginia.

 

To view more pictures from Pat's trip, click here.

 

Will Global Warming Overflow the Chesapeake Bay?

 

Author Roger Bezdek, Ph.D., writes:

 

"The difference is critical, and the solutions required to address the problem are entirely different. If the cause of the problem is primarily land subsidence—as it is in Norfolk and the Chesapeake Bay region—then water intrusion will continue irrespective of sea level changes. For the Chesapeake Bay region, the required remedy is the reversal of groundwater withdrawal rates, which has been used successfully elsewhere in the United States … including in the Houston-Galveston, Texas, area and the Santa Clara Valley, California."

 

Bezdek explains land subsidence and relative sea-level rise; discusses causes of land subsidence in the Chesapeake Bay region; covers lands. Subsidence and sea-level rise in the region; and points out the links between groundwater withdrawals and land subsidence. He recommends:

 

"Future land subsidence caused by aquifer-system compaction can be reduced or stopped by changing water-use practices. Because aquifer-system compaction is the primary cause of land subsidence in the Chesapeake Bay region, reducing compaction can reduce land subsidence and associated flood risks."

 

To download the brief, click here.

 

MAGLEV High Speed Train

The Federal Railroad Administration and the Maryland Department of Transportation are evaluating the environmental impacts of constructing and operating a high-speed superconducting magnetic levitation (SCMAGLEV) train system between Baltimore and Washington, DC.

 

Project Status

The Federal Railroad Administration and the Maryland Department of Transportation are preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate the potential impacts of constructing and operating a high-speed superconducting magnetic levitation (SCMAGLEV) system between Baltimore and Washington, DC. These agencies will hold a series of open houses in October to solicit comments from the public on:

  • Preliminary alternatives screening analysis results
  • Overview of alternatives recommended for detailed study
  • Technology and engineering features
  • Preliminary station information

(Read more...)

 

Official Video from the 51st Annual Fall Conference & Exhibition:

 

 

To view more photos, click here.

To view more videos, click here.

 

 AWARD RECIPIENTS

 

Chapter of the Year

Chesapeake Chapter (Presented to Dan Fowler)

 

Surveyor of the Year

Michael Boyce

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

James J. Demma


Friend of the Society Award

R. Wayne Twigg

Russell E. Lowman Memorial Award

Sara Wheelbarger-Pierce


Outgoing President's Recognition

Patrick Simon

 


CERTIFICATE

 

2017 Draper and Dottie Sutcliffee Scholarship

William J. Everett

 

2017 Fred and Mary Ward Scholarship

Whitney Bonnett

 

GLASS AWARDS

 

 
2017 President's Award

 TJ Frazier


2017 President's Award

Bryan Haynie


2017 President's Award

 William Orsinger

 

2017 PLAT COMPETITION WINNERS

 

Category A – Boundary Survey

1st – Charles P. Johnson & Associates, Inc. | 370 Hunner Road

2nd – KCW | The Anderson Property

  

Category B – Topographic Survey

No awards given in this category.

  

Category C – Planimetric Survey

 No Entries in this category


Category D – Location Drawing

1st – Fisher, Collin & Carter, Inc. | Lot 128 Walnut Creek

2nd – Gutschick Little & Weber, P.A. | Lot 104 Wincopia Farms

3rd – Charles P. Johnson & Associates, Inc. | 5516 Devon Road


Category E – Special Purpose Survey

1st - Fisher, Collin & Carter, Inc. | Lawrence R. Hyman Property

2nd – State Highway Administration | Plat 60836

3rd – Charles P. Johnson & Associates, Inc. | Right of Way Exhibit


Category F – Storm Drain & Road Grade

1st – Fisher, Collins & Carter, Inc. | Fairlane Farm

2nd –Gutschick Little & Weber, P.A. | Phase VIII Shipley’s Grant


Category G – Record Plat

1st –Fisher, Collins & Carter, Inc. | Honeysuckle Ridge

2nd – Rauch | Harry M. Legates Jr.

3rd – Bowman | Jefferson Place


Category H – Condominium Plats

 1st - Fisher, Collins & Carter, Inc. | Exeter Park


Category I – Site Plans

1st – Gutschick Little & Weber, P.A. | Shipley’s Grant

2nd - Fisher, Collins & Carter, Inc. | Oxford Square


Category J – ALTA-NSPS Land Title Survey

1st – KCW | Green Street Academy

2nd – Charles p. Johnson & Associates, Inc. | R.C. McGuire Tract


 

 

 

 

 

 


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