Along a pristine stretch of the Rappahannock River on the Northern Neck, a massive, proposed development threatens a place like no other in the Chesapeake watershed. Fones Cliffs is one of the most important bald eagle habitats on the East Coast and what many consider to be the jewel of the Rappahannock.
This Thursday the Richmond County Board of Supervisors will again consider a request from the Diatomite Corporation to rezone part of this extraordinary place. All to make way for parking lots, commercial development, and townhomes.
Please join us on Thursday, November 12 to oppose this destructive, short-sighted development. Details are as follows:
What: Richmond County Board of Supervisors Meeting on Fones Cliffs Rezoning
When: Thursday, November 12, 9 a.m.
Where: Public Meeting Room, County Administrator's Office 333-3415, 101 Court Circle, Warsaw, VA 22572
RSVP: Please let us know if you plan to attend the meeting by e-mailing: AJurczyk@cbf.org.
Yes, we're concerned about the eagles, but our concern extends beyond threats to the bald eagle population. It extends to the health of this land and community--both environmentally and economically.
The proposed development would require extensive clearing of trees, exposing the land's highly erodible soils directly to rain and risking the stability of the cliffs. The health of the Rappahannock and nearby streams would be at risk, as sediment and polluted runoff from the new homes, roadways, parking lots, and golf course would flow directly into them.
And for what benefit? Our experts believe the project would generate little net revenue for the county when you take into account expected increased costs for roads and schools.
Thoughtful stewardship can preserve Fones Cliffs' unparalleled natural beauty and rich history for residents and visitors while creating economic opportunities that last far into the future. Please join us on Thursday.
CBF's Senior Manager of Digital Media
Above photo: The Diatomite Corporation of America is threatening to develop part of this unspoiled place that is home to one of the most important bald eagle habitats on the East Coast. Photo by Bill Portlock/CBF Staff.