Filling you in on the top stories of the week and letting you know how to make a difference!
This week in the Watershed: oyster success, pollution diets (TMDLs), and a schooner race
- 500 million oysters were planted in Maryland this year through the efforts of the Oyster Recovery Partnership. (Easton Star-Democrat – MD)
- The watershed-wide Chesapeake pollution “diet,” also known as the Total Maximum Daily Load, is under attack from powerful agri-chemical interests, our own Will Baker reports (Huffington Post – D.C.)
- The Chesapeake Bay Foundation was granted permission by a federal judge to intervene on behalf of the EPA in a lawsuit challenging the agency’s authority to implement the Bay pollution “diet” (TMDL). (Associated Press – PA)
- Growing Greener, an important Pennsylvania fund which provides money for important environmental programs around the state, is in danger of running out of money. (Williamsport Sun Gazette – PA)
- A York, PA wastewater treatment facility is turning waste into energy by installing turbines that run on captured methane gas. (WGAL – PA)
- The University of Maryland was the winner of this year’s Solar Decathlon, a biannual competition held by the Department of Energy for green housing designs. Its “WaterShed” design was inspired by the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. (Washington Post – MD)
- The Great Chesapeake Bay Schooner Race began this week near Kent Island, MD. The race ends 127 miles south, near Portsmouth, VA. (The Examiner – MD)
- Volunteers in Norfolk, VA, worked to raise their community’s awareness of stormwater issues by labeling their stormwater drains to remind residents that they drain directly into local waters. (WAVY – VA)
- Dorchester County, MD is working hard to develop its pollution “diet” plan to reduce sediment and nutrients running into the Chesapeake and its tributaries. (Delmarva Daily Times – MD)
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities for the Bay
- Learn more about the Chesapeake Bay “pollution diet,” or TMDL, and how it will affect Maryland. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, MD, will host a forum from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. to share information and discuss this important step in Saving the Bay. Contact Richard Romer (firstname.lastname@example.org, 410/257-6947) for more information.
- See the fall foliage of the South River from the waterside. Join the South River Federation on its Second Annual Fall Kayak Sojourn in Annapolis, MD.
- Voice your concerns over the management of the menhaden fishery at a public meeting in Heathsville, VA, at Northumberland High School. Help rebuild the population of this essential fish!
- Join Congressman John Sarbanes in Baltimore at the Frederick Douglass-Isaac Myers Maritime Park at 1:30 pm to discuss his efforts to fight back against environmental deregulation and protect the Chesapeake Bay. If you’d like to attend, email brianne.Nadeau@mail.house.gov.
- Can’t make it to Heathsville? Come to Colonial Beach to voice your concerns over the management of the menhaden fishery.
- Plant native trees and shrubs in beautiful Jefferson County, WV, near Charles Town. Five-hundred trees will be planted along Bullskin Run on Cool Spring Farm.
- 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 and help out TALMAR Gardens & Horticultural Center, a local nonprofit with a good mission in Parkville, MD. They need volunteers on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
If you have an upcoming Bay-related restoration event and you need volunteers, please let us know by contacting CBF’s Community Building Manager, Adam Wickline: email@example.com. Do you enjoy working with fellow Bay Lovers to help save the Chesapeake? Become a CBF Volunteer to receive notifications about upcoming volunteer opportunities.