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Delmarva Power Helps Control Spread of Invasive Vegetation

Monday, April 08, 2013

Utility Partners with Community and Government Organizations on Environmental Project

CENTREVILLE, Md. – Delmarva Power, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Queen Anne’s County Department of Recreation and Parks, the Town of Centreville and over 20 private landowners recently worked in partnership to restore a traffic buffer and rights-of-way along Route 213 near the Northbrook subdivision and Bloomfield Farm Park to a native species of shrub. The purpose of the project was to control the spread of Autumn Olive, an invasive species of shrub which had overrun some sections of the buffer and rights-of-way and threatened nearby habitat restoration efforts.

“Birds have been spreading the seeds of the Autumn Olive into nearby restored natural areas at a rapid rate,” said John Allen, Delmarva Power Region Vice President. “Autumn Olive adversely affects the nitrogen cycle of native soil.” 

A group of Delmarva Power employees joined with other volunteers to remove the Autumn Olive shrubs from the traffic buffer and rights-of-way and replaced them with approximately 200 native, evergreen Wax Myrtle shrubs, which have fragrant leaves and attractive berries and are an excellent food source for wildlife, especially birds.

The habitat buffers at nearby Bloomfield Farm Park are an important part of U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s efforts to restore habitat for wildlife, protect the Chesapeake Bay and keep the Corsica and Chester Rivers clean. “Reducing the spread of Autumn Olive protects the young forests and meadows in Bloomfield Farm Park,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist Rich Mason. “The newly planted Wax Myrtle shrubs will provide food and habitat for birds and grow into an attractive buffer between residents’ backyards and a busy road.”

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Delmarva Power, a public utility owned by Pepco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: POM), provides safe and reliable energy to more than 500,000 electric delivery customers in Delaware and Maryland and nearly 124,000 natural gas delivery customers in northern Delaware.