Now, lady and gentleman, it is time to recite some
My copy belonged to my grandfather. Every now and again I like
For those of you who just came here to take a nap, please lay your head down now. For those of you who didn't realize you came here to take a nap until after reading the topic--which, to reiterate, is drainage--please feel free to borrow a pillow and blanket and rest your eyes for a spell. The bell will ring when this
The photo above, taken at Aaron's Beach, shows one of the many, many drainage ditches found in the lower parts of the county.
By the way, the entire county is
The 1962 Soil Survey says this about the county's
"The Keyport and Elkton are the only soils in the county that change greatly in volume upon wetting and drying. The acreage of these soils is small and is mostly north of Cobbs Creek. All other soils in the county are low to medium in shrink-well capacity. In Mathews County bedrock is at a great depth. In places some shell marl and coquina occur at a depth exceeding 5 feet. Drainage ditches will make soils with a high water table more suitable for borrow material. Under drains help make such soils more stable.
Because of the low elevation, nearly level topography, high water table, and lack of natural drains in Mathews County, fills are needed in most roads for satisfactory results.
When roads are built along coastal beaches or along shorelines, they must be protected from erosion by wave action. Riprap can be used to advantage in these locations.
There are extensive areas of poorly drained soils at low elevations in the county. Tidal marsh and mixed alluvial land are generally at an elevation of less than 2 feet. Roadways across parts of tidal marsh where heavy traffic is expected require special treatment.
The permeability of the soil is important in planning and designing drainage systems. Tile drainage systems may not be practical if the permeability of the soil is slow. Because of the very low elevations in many places in the county, especially along the Chesapeake Bay, tile drainage may not be practical in fields that lack an outlet. Open ditches, used along with dikes and tide floodgates, may be satisfactory in such places."
Riiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnggg! Naptime is over. Don't forget your pillow and blanket as you stampede out of this blog post. Thank you, come again soon.
Click here for an earlier, slightly less nap-inducing post inspired by the Soil Survey.
Otherwise, have a great day free from flooding, drainage and other water-related issues.