The PSE&G nuclear complex (which contains both Hope Creek Nuclear Generating Station and Salem Nuclear Power Plant) as seen across the Delaware Bay from Augustine Beach, Delaware. Source: Wikipedia.

What major environmentally sensitive project gave birth to Kent Conservation, Inc.?

A. Third Bay Bridge landing at Tolchester
B. Nuclear power plant near Betterton
C. Waste-to-Energy incinerator near Massey
D. None of the above

Answer: B. Nuclear power plant near Betterton.

It was in 1970. A nuclear power plant developer from outside Kent County proposed the building of a power plant at Betterton and later to build another at Still Pond.

Forward-thinking Charles Tuley, Henry Momberger and Mary Roe Walkup realized that this was just the beginning of outside development pressure that would “threaten to destroy the county’s environmental significance and its people’s way of life.” In 1971, they formed Kent Conservation, Incorporated.

In today’s world, Kent Conservation’s Mission Statement is prescient: “to maintain the beauty, conserve the natural resources and wildlife, and preserve the peace and tranquility of Kent County, and to preserve for the present and future, the environmental qualities for which this area of the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay is Famous.”

A map of what Kent County could look like. Source: kentalliance.org.

The list of their accomplishments has definitely made a difference in our lives today–the projects that did not come: a third Chesapeake Bay crossing and the RESCO waste-to-energy facility, to name two. This can be found on their website “A Brief History of Kent Conservation, Inc.” If we flash-back on that list and picture Kent County as if those projects had actually been completed, it is a grim view.

Today the organization is called Kent Conservation and Preservation Alliance and continues to be actively involved in local land use and environmental issues.

If we just look around us today and become aware of what we all can do for conservation–from stroller to walker–a more environmentally conscious Kent County will continue. Why not start this Saturday and attend Chestertown’s Earth Day Festival. Bring the family downtown this Saturday for Chestertown’s 11th Annual Earth Day Festival. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Fountain Park. Guess the weight of Infinity Recycling’s bales of crushed cans, plastic bottles, and paper, participate in a Community Trash and Recycle Walk, check out the electric vehicle car display, and learn all about gardening sustainably. There will be free paper shredding (see details below), free recycling of household batteries, AA, AAA, C, D, #5 plastics, and fluorescent bulbs.

From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Chesapeake Investment Services is offering free paper shredding. The truck will be at the corner of Calvert and Spring Streets.

Keep Chestertown looking beautiful and sign up for our Community Trash & Recycle Walk. All ages welcome! Participants will receive a coupon for a treat at Evergrain, Figg’s Ordinary, Play It Again Sam’s or Stam’s–pre-registration is encouraged! Please email Jenny: jennylee09@gmail.com to sign up.

The event is hosted by the Chestertown Environmental Committee and the Town of Chestertown, Sponsors include Chesapeake Investment Advisors, Infinity Recycling, LaMotte Company, ShoreRivers and Washington College Center for Environment and Society. For more information, please call Jon Hanley at 410 708 8951 or Andy at 443 480 1987.

Make every day Earth Day!