Filling you in on the top stories of the week and letting you know how you can make a difference!
This week in the Watershed: Bikes, Beaches, Turtles, and Teachers!
- Two Chesapeake Bay Foundation employees will finish their three-week circumnavigation of the watershed via bicycle today.
- Maryland’s cover crop program set a record for the number of acres enrolled in the state’s upcoming winter cover crop program to hold sediment and nutrients on the field. Gov. Martin O’Malley said this is one of the most cost-effective ways of reducing pollution. (Baltimore Sun – MD)
- The Baltimore Aquarium released three rescued Kemp’s ridley sea turtles back into the Bay. Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are the most endangered of all sea turtle species. (Baltimore Sun – MD)
- Pennsylvania is mulling over the idea of allowing drilling under Pa. forest land. The head of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development indicates state government could receive revenues of $60 billion in the next 30 years. (Pittsburg Post-Gazette - PA)
- Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley will reintroduce his septic tank ban for Maryland’s legislative session, which did not pass this year’s session. (WAMU – Washington, D.C.)
- It is safe to return to the surf in Norfolk, where two beaches were closed on Tuesday due to elevated bacterial levels in the water. (Virginian-Pilot – VA)
- Baltimore City teachers were out on a farm in Catonsville with the Chesapeake Classrooms program, learning how to incorporate the environment into their classrooms. (ABC 2 News – MD)
- The Washington Post Editorial Board opines about the high value of EPA’s “pollution diet” and reminds all that while the cleanup effort may be costly those costs must be measured against the Bay’s economic importance and even greater costs of continued inaction. (Washington Post – D.C.)
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities in the Bay
- Join the Cyclist for the Bay crew in Virginia as they complete a team ride in the area. They will start in Ashland, VA at 7 a.m.!
- This weekend, volunteer oyster gardeners in Virginia will return their grown oysters and get a new batch of baby oysters (called “spat”) to grow for next year. To learn how to become an oyster gardener in Virginia and help Save the Bay, please visit our website. If you live in Maryland and want to be a gardener, go here.
- Become a watershed steward! Take part in a program that will teach you how to make a difference in your home and your community. On Monday at 6:30 p.m. in Millersville, MD, there will be informational session about this unique program.
- Volunteers are needed for oyster shell shaking at CBF's Oyster Restoration Center on Monday and Tuesday of next week. Contact Carmera Thomas for details: email@example.com
- Volunteers needed to help CBF pick up 1,200 bags of baby "spat" for our oyster gardening program in Cambridge, MD. Interested? Please contact Carmera Thomas for details:
- Do you want to speak on behalf of the Bay? Do you enjoy talking to people and sharing your passion for our national treasure? Sign-up to become a CBF Speaker and Fairs and Festivals volunteer. This is a great way to teach the public about why it’s vital to care for the Chesapeake. Please see the event page for more details and to sign up!
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.