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This week in the Watershed: Irene’s effects, oysters, and Jeff Corwin
- A new study by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science finds fewer oysters in the Chesapeake than previously thought. (Baltimore Sun – MD)
- As the region recovers from Hurricane Irene, water utilities are finding disturbing numbers of sewage overflows from last weekend’s drenching rains. (Washington Post Blog – DC)
- The Chesapeake Bay Trust chose 21 new Chesapeake Conservation Corps participants for the upcoming year. (Eye on Annapolis – MD)
- West Virginian industry leaders, government representatives, and elected officials gathered on Wednesday to discuss how the Wild and Wonderful state will implement its Chesapeake Bay pollution diet. (The Journal – WVA)
- Oyster gardeners successfully rode out Irene in Norfolk, holding on to the hope that their bivalves will continue to help clean the waters of the Bay. (Reuters – VA)
- Volunteers helped CBF and MD DNR in the Choptank River to plant 306 reef balls seeded with oyster spat at Cook’s Point. (Star Democrat – MD)
- Jeff Corwin joins the Whitaker Science Center on their Expedition Chesapeake, an exploratory paddle down the Susquehanna from its start in Cooperstown, NY to its end at Havre de Grace, MD. (Patriot-News – PA)
- Six high school freshmen started their four year Chesapeake Bay fellowship at Norfolk Academy. With the Bay in focus, the students will learn in the classroom, on research vessels, in marshes, and at private dinners with top Chesapeake experts. (Virginian-Pilot – VA)
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities for the Bay
- Join Chesapeake Bay Foundation volunteers and Blue Ridge Mountain Sports staff at the James River Park Reedy Creek Cleanup in Richmond.
- Attend a Save our Streams water quality workshop in Gaithersburg, MD with the Izaak Walton League. Learn how to test water samples and collect aquatic insects and crustaceans that indicate water quality.
- Learn how to Adopt-A-Stream in the Baltimore Area. This workshop will give you the skills to keep an eye on your local stream and what to do when you see something wrong.
- Help clean up streams in the Conodoguinet Creek watershed in Cumberland County PA. Contact Kurt Henry (email@example.com) to get involved.
- Blue Water Baltimore is seeking dependable people to help lead tree plantings in the greater Baltimore area this fall. No previous experience necessary! In fact, this is a great way to get experience in both volunteer management and urban forestry.
- Become a Watch-the-Wild volunteer and learn how to make observations of nature to help the Nature Abounds organization keep records and understand how our world is changing.
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
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