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The Central Atlantic Environment Center was established in 1967 as the Potomac Basin Center. Until it ceased operations in 1974, the Center collected, analyzed, and disseminated information on issues relating to natural resources. Its records include correspondence, newsletters and news releases, annual reports, and court cases concerned primarily with protecting Maryland's resources from developers. Subjects and organizations documented in the collection include Maryland wetlands, the Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, Cove Point, the Potomac Sand and Gravel Co., Marriott's "Great America", and the Columbia Liquid Natural Gas Corporation.
This collection is open for research.
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2.50 Linear Feet
The Central Atlantic Environment Center records cover the period from 1966 to 1974. Document types represented in the collection include reports, correspondence, newspaper clippings, news releases and memoranda. Important subjects documented are: Maryland Wetlands; attempts to develop or industrialize undeveloped parts of Maryland; Calvert Cliffs, Cove Point; and the dredging operations of the Harry Lundebers School of Seamanship in St. Mary's County. Other subjects documented are: Piney Point, Annemessex; Columbia Liquid Natural Gas Corporation; Potomac Sand and Gravel, and Marriot's "Great America." Correspondents included in the collection are: Marvin Mandel; Lawrence Hogan; Charles McC. Mathias, Jr.; J. Glenn Beall, Jr.; William J. Goodman; Mary L. Nock; Francis Burch; and Paul Allen (Maryland Environmental Trust). Other correspondents are Armin Behr (Maryland Conservation Council); Joseph W. Fehrer (Worcester Environmental Trust); R. Doyle Grabarck (North American Habitat Preservation Society); Elizabeth Hartwell (Citzens' Council for a Clean Potomac); James Moorman (Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund); Robert M. Norris, Jr. (Potomac River Fisheries Commission); James L. Newbold (Izaak Walton League); and Clem L. Zinger (Maryland Wetlands Committee).
The Central Atlantic Environment Center was established in 1967 as the Potomac Basin Center. Its basic functions were to analyze and collect information on natural resource issues and to disseminate this information to citizens and civic, business, and political leaders. In January 1971 the group changed its name to the Central Atlantic Environment Center and broadened its geogrpahic scope to include Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia because it was recognized that the issues with which the Center dealt concerned entire states. The Center published a monthly newsletter entitled Central Atlantic Environment News. It also sponsored a conference on the protection of wetlands and furnished staff support for a citizens conference on the Chesapeake Bay. The Central Atlantic Environmental Center ceased to operate in 1974.
The collection is organized as one series.
The Central Atlantic Environmental Center records were donated to the University of Maryland College Park Libraries in 1974 by Ruth Mathes.
Materials were unfolded and paper clips, rubber bands and staples were removed. Acid-free paper was placed between newspaper clippings. The material was placed in acid-free folders and boxes. A guide was then written.
Part of the Special Collections and University Archives