Chesapeake News and Dos

Filling you in on the top stories of the week and letting you know how to make a difference!

  DSC_0443Photo by Emmy Nicklin/CBF Staff.

This week in the Watershed:  oyster success, pollution diets (TMDLs), and a schooner race

 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities for the Bay

October 14

  • 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 (racebeat@aol.com, 410/257-6947) for more information. 

October 15

October 17

  • 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.

October 18

October 20

  • 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. 

October 22

Ongoing

 

Adam Wickline

 

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: awickline@cbf.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.


Chesapeake News and Dos

Filling you in on the top stories of the week and letting you know how to make a difference!

IMG_2591 Photo by Emmy Nicklin/CBF Staff.

This week in the Watershed:  Hypoxia returns, some much-needed funds, and good crab news 

 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities for the Bay

October 8

  • Help clean up the Anacostia, our nation’s “forgotten river!” Join the United by Blue crew to help rehabilitate this Potomac tributary. 

October 9

October 11

  • Voice your opinion on the future of menhaden, “the most important fish in the sea,” in Annapolis, Maryland. This meeting of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is open to public comment so please attend. We need your help to let these officials know just how important this fish is to the Bay!
  • Join CBF and REI for a viewing of “Gasland” in Richmond, Virginia. Clips from this documentary about hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” will be shown followed by a conversation about possible fracking in George Washington National Forest.  

October 12

  • Help fortify stream buffers in Lancaster, Pennsylvania along Witmer Run by planting trees with CBF. Help stop sediment and nutrients before they get to our waterways.

October 15

Ongoing

 

Adam Wickline

 

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: awickline@cbf.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. 

 



Chesapeake News and Dos

Filling you in on the top stories of the week and letting you know how to make a difference!
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Join us this Saturday for a "Cyclist for the Bay" ride on the Mount Vernon Trail. Photo by CBF staff.


This week in the Watershed: dams, oysters, and learning outside.


Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities for the Bay

October 1

October 2

  • Clean up Gillies Creek in Richmond! Come help remove trash, debris, and invasive species from the stream and park. 
  • Come to the Dam Jam 2011 at Cromwell Valley Park to learn firsthand about Baltimore’s drinking water reservoir and listen to some great bands for free! 

October 5

  • Join the Maryland Oyster team for an oyster gardening workshop! Learn how to grow these filtering bivalves off your dock or pier! 

October 6 and 7

  • Come help CBF plant a stream buffer on a farm in Carroll County, MD! Help famers protect their streams from stormwater runoff. 

October 8

  • Help clean up the Anacostia, our nation’s “forgotten river!” Join the United by Blue crew to help rehabilitate this Potomac tributary. 

Adam Wickline

 

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: awickline@cbf.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.


Chesapeake News and Dos

Filling you in on the top stories of the week and letting you know how to make a difference!

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Photo by Tiffany Granberg/CBF Staff

This week in the Watershed: pollution diets, crab concerns, and Lee’s lingering effects

  • Watermen in Maryland are concerned about Tropical Storm Lee’s affect on the remainder of this year’s crabbing season. (Easton Star-Democrat – MD)
  • Even in Pennsylvania, the talk is still about the rains and what they are doing to the Chesapeake. (Wilkes-Barre Times Leader – PA)
  • The Shenandoah Valley will experiment with new ways of creating energy from unlikely sources.  (Staunton News-Leader – VA)
  • CBF and the Citizens for Stumpy Lake got their day in court in Virginia Beach to fight a permit allowing hundreds of forested wetlands to be filled. (Virginian-Pilot – VA)
  • A new report by the Economic Policy Institutes states that new EPA rules and regulations will not kill jobs, but rather save lives. (EPI report – D.C.)
  • Sewage spills in Baltimore expose the aging infrastructure used for wastewater transport and treatment, and the need for more upgrades. (Catonsville Patch.com – MD)
  • The Salisbury City Council is working hard to put the Wicomico River on a “pollution diet” to clean its waters. (Daily Times – MD)

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities for the Bay

September 24

  • If you live in a “critical area” in Maryland and you have questions about what you can and cannot do there, come to a talk at St. Mary’s College and learn from the experts. For more information contact: Jackie Takacs at takacs@mdsg.umd.edu or 240/393-6508
  • Help clean up Bread and Cheese Creek in Dundalk, MD. Volunteers are needed to help pull out trash from this Bay tributary.
  • In northern Virginia, there will be a workshop on how to build rain gardens that help mitigate stormwater. Come find out how you can help Save the Bay with these projects!   

September 25

  • Join CBF in Richmond at the Lamplighter Café for a street sweep! Help clean up trash in the area and enjoy a free cup of coffee while doing so! Contact Jess Barton at jbarton@cbf.org or 804/780-1392

September 26

  • Help CBF build reef balls for oyster restoration in Gloucester, VA. Involves lifting, carrying, bending, and hammering. 
  • Let the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Council know your thoughts on the Bay’s menhaden fishery and its precarious future. Come to Lewes, DE for a public meeting to voice your thoughts. For more information, read this article by John A. Hughes, the former secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.   

September 27

  • Come out for a CBF Clean Water Breakfast in Smithfield, VA to learn more about the Bay’s “pollution diet,” and what you can do to help. 

October 1

 

Adam Wickline

 

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: awickline@cbf.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. 

 



Chesapeake News and Dos

Filling you in on the top stories of the week and letting you know how to make a difference!

Oystering 

This week in the Watershed:  Irene’s effects, oysters, and Jeff Corwin

 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities for the Bay

 

September 4

September 10

  • 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.

September 13

  • 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. 

September 17

Ongoing

  • 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 Wickline

 

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.  awickline@cbf.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. 


Chesapeake News and Dos

Filling you in on the top stories of the week and letting you know how to make a difference!

 WaterTrees

 Photo by Annette Conniff

This week in the Watershed:  Rockfish, Beetles, and high-tech Bay Saving

  • Pennsylvania stream restoration goes high tech with this Bucknell student’s creation.  Learn how on-the-ground restoration folks will get a new bird’s eye view.  (Bucknell Website - PA)
  • Maryland is cracking down on illegal poaching of rockfish.  After finding 13 tons of poached fish caught by illegal gill nets, the Department of Natural Resources will impose new rules to limit the illegal practice.  (The Capital - MD)
  • The federal government is making $2.4 million available for Maryland to protect the Puritan tiger beetle, an endangered insect roaming the bayside cliffs in Calvert and Cecil counties. (Baltimore Sun - MD)
  • Perhaps the tide is turning?  A recent coastal clean-up in New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland found less waste than in previous years. (Daily Times - MD)

 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities in the Bay

 

August 27

  • Remove invasive species on Four Mile Creek with the Four Mile Creek RIP Project in Arlington, VA.  NOTE:  Please contact Sarah Archer at sarcher@arlingtonva.us to confirm the event is still happening regardless of Irene. 

August 30

  • Join the CBF Book Club in Virginia!  Each month they will choose a new book with an environmental theme and gather together to discuss. 

August 31

Ongoing

  • Help protect and monitor wild lupine (a rare native plant) populations!  No experience necessary and a great opportunity to get outside and make a difference. 

 

Adam Wickline

 

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.  awickline@cbf.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.