NANJEMOY, MD – Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) visited Mallows Bay today and met with officials to discuss its nomination as a National Marine Sanctuary. He took a boat tour of the 14 square mile area of the tidal Potomac River, which is adjacent to Charles County. Mallows Bay was nominated in September 2014 by the State of Maryland to be designated as a National Marine Sanctuary with broad community support.
“I was pleased to tour Mallows Bay today and discuss its nomination as a National Marine Sanctuary,” said Congressman Hoyer. “This designation will increase opportunities for tourism and economic development while safeguarding maritime heritage and cultural history here in Southern Maryland. I will continue to monitor the nomination process, and I hope NOAA will make a final designation in the coming year.”
During the tour, Congressman Hoyer was joined by representatives from NOAA, Director of the Maryland Historical Trust Elizabeth Hughes, Deputy Secretary for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Joanne Throwe, Charles County Commissioner Ken Robinson, and Charles County Historian Steve Bunker.