Like the mighty Susquehanna, which dumps 25 billion gallons of water into the Chesapeake Bay every day, the work to save the Bay and its rivers and streams is never stagnant. In this work, few things matter more than an educated and enthusiastic citizenry. Accordingly, it is our desire here at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation that the 17 million people who live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed are informed of all the Bay happenings and also engaged with opportunities to enjoy nature and serve through volunteering.
With that goal in mind, every Friday be sure to visit our blog to get your fill of the week's top stories and learn what's happening around the watershed.
This week in the Watershed: Spring Cleaning, Chickens, and Horses of the Sea Variety
- The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's 27th Annual "Clean the Bay Day" was a smashing success with over 6,000 volunteers helping collect 125,000 pounds of trash, all in just three hours! (Virginian Pilot—VA)
- With Tampa Bay restoring its underwater grasses, the Chesapeake Bay has a great example for achieving clean water. (Reuters)
- A seahorse was found in a baby oyster cage near CBF's Brock Environmental Center! (Virginian Pilot—VA)
- Did we mention how much of a success Clean the Bay Day was? (Daily Press—VA)
- The opening of bass season in Pennsylvania is drawing attention to the poor water quality throughout many of Pennsylvania's rivers and streams, particularly the Susquehanna. (Daily Local News—PA)
- EPA released an interim assessment of progress made under the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint. The findings show most states are generally on track but one state is alarmingly off track to meet their pollution reduction commitments. Read CBF's state-specific assessments of their findings in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.
What's Happening around the Watershed?
- Those interested in oyster gardening for the first time or those looking to pick up new baby oysters can attend an oyster gardening workshop in Kinsale, VA.
- CBF is hosting it's 10th Annual "Bands in the Sand" benefit concert, headlined this year by The Bacon Brothers. Due to unprecedented demand, this year's concert is sold out!
- Another opportunity for those interested in oyster gardening for the first time or those looking to pick up new baby oysters to attend an oyster gardening workshop, this time in Newport News, VA.
- Those who have been growing oysters can plant them in the Patuxent River.
- Get outside and get your hands dirty, helping plant 400 trees and shrubs along Swatara Creek in Londonderry, PA. E-mail Kate Austin at KAustin@cbf.org to register!
- Yet another opportunity for those interested in oyster gardening for the first time or those looking to pick up new baby oysters to attend an oyster gardening workshop, this time in Deltaville, VA.
- The Clean Water Concert Series continues on Maryland's Eastern Shore, as the XPD's perform in Easton, MD.
- Love paddle boarding? Then put on your calendar "Cape 2 Cape," a festival celebrating paddle boarding through a 19-mile race across the Bay and various Father's Day races. All proceeds benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
- Interested in advocating for clean water in Virginia? Attend the 5th Annual Clean Water Captains workshop in Virginia Beach. E-mail Lori Kersting at LKersting@cbf.org for more information.
- Get on the water with CBF on Susquehanna's West Branch, often described as a "recreation mecca." On this canoe adventure you'll learn about the native ecosystem and explore the verdant valley, paddling by plants and animals that call these unique ecosystems home. Click here to register!
- Help restore the Chesapeake's native oyster population by cleaning oyster shells (we call it "shell shaking") by shaking off the dirt and debris so baby oysters can successfully grow on them. Registration is required!
—Drew Robinson, CBF's Digital Media Associate