County Council member Kirby Delauter once again demonstrated his selfish ignorance at Tuesday’s council session by railing against the Monocacy River Management Plan. He is upset about “ridiculous” stream buffers being proposed on private land that he says “trample” the rights of property owners. He seems to believe that people have an absolute right to do whatever they please with their land, regardless of who may be affected downstream.

There are many necessary and appropriate standards that governments impose on landowners to protect our water and environment; such as the use of pesticides and fertilizer, or disposing of hazardous waste. Science and common sense tell us these are bad for the environment if left unchecked. Requiring stream buffers is no different.

By decrying them, Kirby shows he has no realization of cause and effect. It’s proven science that stream buffers prevent harmful chemicals and sediment from polluting our drinking water. Trees along riparian areas keep water cool for fish and provide sorely lacking wildlife habitat. Without buffers, watermen in the Chesapeake can’t earn a living and sportsmen have little quarry to pursue. Restaurants and tourism suffer in turn. Severe floods happen more frequently with devastating loss of life and property. As a result, stormwater management fees and other taxes get raised on all to compensate for these economic losses, which Kirby also continually whines about. Reasonable stream buffers are a necessary medium to protect the health, safety and welfare of many people, even though some individuals may feel the impact more personally.

Kirby is working hard to recruit people who share his Cro-Magnon, anti-environmental views to filibuster at meetings held by the Monocacy Scenic River Citizens Advisory Board. Right now, we need reasonable people to voice their ideas and opinions so we can work out the best possible solution for protecting the Monocacy River watershed and other people’s livelihood.

Matt Seubert


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Well stated argument, Matt, thank you for taking the time to submit it. Delauter has no credibility, he forfeited that a long time ago.

Guy T. Ashton

This would be more a case of emminent domain than anything else. The property owners are being restricted in the use of their land.


True, but so is zoning. And it really is not eminent domain as the land is not being confiscated, it is being restricted.


Great LTE Matt! Kirby doesn't know how to think about others, only himself and the small circle he twirls in. However if his drinking water were contaminated he would be the first one to complain!!


Thank you, Matt, for a well written LTE. Kirby is so backwards, it makes you wonder why the people of Thurmont and Emmitsburg want him on the Council.


Kirby is the Councilman for District 5 where there are many farms. The farmers don't want these larger stream buffers that take away their tillable land. So Kirby in this case is arguing for his constituents.


Well said Matt and no surprise that the holdovers from the last BoCC do not have a clue or concern about our environment;; in fact, they and others supported burning trash and recyclables at a cost of $1 BILLION over 30 years while dumping 400,000 gallons of toxic water from the planned incinerator into the Potomac ( and Bay) every DAY and pumping 7 MILLION lbs annually of toxic particulate into the air we breathe...its all about the money


jersey, every now and then you make good sense, this is one of those times.


Matt, it's worse than you think. Kirby, Blaine and likely Billy Shreve are also part of the Cro-Magnon, anti-environmental mindset that believes it was a mistake for the EPA to ban the pesticide DDT in 1972. Expect to see proposals floated during the Trump administration to defund or abolish the EPA and restore the use of DDT as a commercial pesticide.


Arm, have they said that publicly?

Matt Seubert


Matt, in his radio career on WFMD, after his black book disgrace and before his successful run for County Commissioner in 2010, Blaine's daily radio show advocated the alt-right conspiracy theories that were common fodder for the tea party and have risen to office with Trump. Yes, I heard Blaine on WFMD in the 2008 time frame, describing a college professor who would drink a mouthful of DDT in front of his students to show it had no ill effect on humans. DDT deniers are not uncommon, as threecents, an otherwise reasonable person who I agree with on many other things, demonstrates. So Blaine's on record supporting DDT. Kirby and Billy, who Blaine never regarded as peers but only as shills were for anything Blaine was for, but I don't have documentation of their support of DDT.

I saw Kirby on TV in the Council meeting today lambaste the FNP for allowing citizens like you to express their First Amendment rights. I only wish he had commented on his position on DDT. I think there will be ample opportunity to float a resolution in the County Council to support the EPA ban of DDT in light of the assault on common sense which is likely coming.


Actually, DDT should not have been banned. Even Rachael Carson was not for banning DDT. The problem with it is that it was ridiculously over-used. The banning of DDT throughout most of the world resulted in increased mosquito-born disease throughout the world. It is estimated that 2700 people die every day because DDT was banned back in the 1970s.


Exactly where did you get the information re: "Even Rachael Carson was not for banning DDT". Have you read her book, I do not remember her anywhere suggesting that DDT was OK to use, Monsanto and American Cyanamide companies both went after her with this kind of disinformation.
DDT is banned worldwide now, EXCEPT in countries that have malarial disease issues. It is still made in the USA, just can't be used here.


Come on three.... Just not true....


Science and logic are not Kirby's friends for sure. All you have to do is look at Kirby's business to see how he regards the environment. Thanks for the letter Matt - all one has to do is look at the color of the Monocacy after a moderate rain to see the issue...

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