This Month In County History

1946: Association formed to protect the Magothy

August 26, 2005

For the people living along the Magothy River, August 1946 marked the start of an effort to protect their waterway and its environs.

The Magothy River Association was formed to "improve the channel markings, lights and harbor facilities of the Magothy River to promote the general welfare of the river's waterfront homes and beaches," according to an article that appeared in The Sun on Aug. 11, 1946.

The association began by opposing the Navy's building of an airport at what is now Sandy Point State Park. In the mid-1970s, the association successfully fought a proposed marina and restaurant complex. The group later persuaded developers of a shopping plaza to install additional sediment control devices. The organization represents about 45 communities along the Magothy River watershed.

Source: Sun archives, Magothy River Association

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