This weekly blog post highlights the top stories from around the watershed while informing you of upcoming volunteer events to help Save the Bay.
This week in the Watershed: the Farm Bill, No Child Left Inside, and a fish-blocking dam becomes an oyster-growing reef.
- With the new Farm Bill set to go through Congress and the deficit-reducing “Super Committee,” Bay advocates are concerned that conservation funding will be lost due to budget cuts. (Public News Service – PA)
- EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson vigorously defended her agency’s work against claims that environmental regulations such as the Bay TMDL (also known as the ‘pollution diet’) kill jobs. (Los Angeles Times – CA)
- The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions approved key parts of the No Child Left Inside Act, which is a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that includes environmental literacy standards for our nation’s youth. (The Bay Net – MD)
- The oily menhaden continues to make the news as the debate over restricting their harvest continues. (The Capital – MD)
- A Pennsylvania county received almost $100,000 in grants to implement pollution reductions as part of the Bay’s ‘pollution diet,’ or TMDL. (Philadelphia Inquirer – PA)
- Concrete from a removed dam on the Patapsco River near Baltimore will soon become an oyster reef at the mouth of the Chester River. (Associated Press – MD)
- Maryland may set back its target date of fully implementing its Bay pollution diet efforts. While Governor O’Malley originally claimed to have all programs in place by 2020, the deadline may be pushed back to 2025, matching the 5 other states in the watershed. (Baltimore Sun – MD)
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities for the Bay
- At Lake Needlewood in Rockville MD, the Rock Creek Conservancy needs help building a trail from 9 am to 12 pm. Sign up and lend a hand!
- If you live out in western Virginia, head to the Catawba Community Center from 9 am to 3 pm and learn about protecting stream banks with native plantings. Lunch is provided, as well as a free shrub or tree for attending the event. Contact Christy Gabbard ([email protected], 540 767-6114) for more information.
- Join the Anacostia Watershed Society as they work to clean out its Nash Run trash trap. 9 am to 12 pm.
- Help remove invasive species at Magruder Park with the Anacostia Watershed Society from 10 am to 1 pm. All tools will be provided.
- If you have waterfront property in Virginia and you’ve ever wondered how to stabilize erosion and protect your shoreline, attend this workshop to learn about Bay-friendly techniques to do just that. It will take place in Williamsburg, VA from 9 am to 12 pm. Please register as space is limited.
- Meet Bethesda Green’s Incubator companies while enjoying complimentary appetizers at the Parva Restaurant and Lounge in downtown Bethesda. Learn about what Bethesda Green does to develop green businesses in the region.
If you have an upcoming Bay-related restoration event and you need volunteers, please let us know: [email protected]. Do you enjoy working with fellow Bay Lovers to help save the Chesapeake? Become a CBF Volunteer to receive notifications about upcoming volunteer opportunities.