This weekly blog post highlights the top stories from around the watershed while informing you of upcoming volunteer events to help Save the Bay.
Photo by: Phillip Berry/South Carolina DNR
This week in the Watershed: menhaden, rockfish, and EPA’s defense
- On the eve of the Clean Water Act’s 39th anniversary, Congressman John Sarbanes and Senator Ben Cardin stood in defense of the EPA and their efforts to clean the Chesapeake. (The State Column – MD)
- Professor Bryan Watts of William and Mary describes the importance of menhaden for our Chesapeake birds such as osprey, pelicans, and loons. (Richmond Times Dispatch – VA)
- Maryland fisheries officials announced good news regarding the Bay’s striped bass (rockfish) population. (Baltimore Sun blog – MD)
- The oyster season began in Virginia with a successful start near the Rappahannock River. A new rotational harvest system is showing early signs of success. (Virginia Pilot – VA)
- The Maryland Department of Corrections is giving inmates valuable ‘green’ skills for re-entry into society while working to save the Bay and the state’s history at the same time. (Baltimore Sun – MD)
- The University of Maryland is conducting research on the use of algae to filter agricultural wastewater, removing nutrients before it reaches the Bay. (Daily Times – MD)
- For some dairy farmers, grazing is a win-win for both the Bay and their pocketbooks. (WYPR – MD)
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities for the Bay
- Help install a streamside buffer of native trees alongside Conewago Creek near Hershey Meadows, PA. Please register to join the effort.
- Get your hands dirty in Fairfax, VA while removing invasive species in Brentwood Park, Nottoway Park, or the Pohick Stream Valley.
- Help CBF host a table at the Cockeysville Fall Festival to spread the word about clean water. Contact Adam Wickline (firstname.lastname@example.org, 443-482-2034) to participate.
- In the Bethesda, MD area? Come to Bethesda Green from 10 am to 4 pm to learn easy ways to green your home and save money while doing it!
- If you have ever wondered about making your own rain barrel for your home and you live near Chestertown MD, join the Chester River Association at 2 PM for a rain barrel workshop. You will walk away with your own 55 gallon rain barrel!
- Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis needs volunteers from October 24 through October 28 to help install a Rainscaping Education Station. There are 8 positions needed. Contact Nicki Fiocco (email@example.com, 410-222-1777) to join the team
- Join the Anacostia Watershed Society from 10 AM to 1 PM as they host a shrub planting in Magruder Park. All tools and materials are provided. Please RSVP!
Adam is the Community Building Manager of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. He works to inform and engage people across the watershed to take part in Saving the Bay. If you have an upcoming Bay-related restoration event and you need volunteers, please let us know: firstname.lastname@example.org. Do you enjoy working with fellow Bay Lovers to help save the Chesapeake? Become a CBF Volunteer to receive notifications about upcoming volunteer opportunities.