Mathias Cove & Main Creek Dredging

Anne Arundel County, Maryland

The Anne Arundel County (County) Department of Public Works (DPW) has initiated a maintenance dredging project to restore boating access in Mathias Cove and Main Creek. BayLand Consultants & Designers, Inc. (BayLand) has been contracted to prepare the permit application. The intention of this project is to restore the County Channel of Mathias Cove and Main Creek that has been severely impacted by sedimentation. The construction of the project is scheduled for the winter of 2020/2021.

As part of this project, waterfront property owners and community associations may apply for permits to dredge a spur channel to connect their pier or boat ramp to the County channel. The County provides assistance in applying for Federal and State permits to coordinate simultaneous main channel and spur improvements as required by Federal and State regulatory agencies, to minimize potential environmental impacts from the dredging, and to reduce costs for your permitting and dredging.

We conducted a permit application workshop at the Mountain Road Community Library on Thursday October 24th, 2019. If you could not attend the workshop, but are interested in applying for dredging, the application and information needed to complete your application are online on our website. Use the link below to download/view the Cypress Creek Spur Package.

The deadline for homeowners to apply for a spur channel is November 22, 2019.

Applying for dredging does not guarantee approval and receiving permits to dredge does not obligate you to perform the dredging. If you are interested in a spur channel, providing proof of historic use and previous water depths is necessary. This can be accomplished by providing some of the documentation listed on the Spur Data Sheet online. If you have previous Federal and State approvals for dredging or pier or bulkhead work, please send us copies of any of licenses, permits or paperwork you have. These types of old documents will greatly assist in the facilitation of your new application. If you have never completed a spur permit application with BayLand, please fill out as much information as possible on the online sheets and give us a call to discuss your spur. Historical proof of previous dredging, or boating activity at your property are useful in facilitating new permits.

Spur applicants are responsible for preparing the Joint Permit Application (JPA). The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) requires a $750 State permit application fee with each application and a check made payable to MDE is required with your application. An additional fee of $50 will be required when permits are approved. There is no cost to you for the preparation and acquisition of your permit.

Only once we have received your completed forms along with your $750 check made out to MDE, will we begin drafting up your spur application. If you have questions, please contact Alec Burke, Environmental Scientist ( or Chris Rager, Project Scientist ( at (410) 694-9401.