Filling you in on the top stories of the week and letting you know how to make a difference!
This week in the Watershed: Hypoxia returns, some much-needed funds, and good crab news
- Another dead zone, unusual for this time of the year, has popped up in the Chesapeake as a lingering result of the Tropical Storm Lee’s flood into the Bay. (Easton Star-Democrat – MD)
- A wastewater treatment plant in Pennsylvania is buying nutrient credits to be in compliance with pollution laws. (Center Daily Times – PA)
- A federal grant will provide $10.9 million for Chesapeake Bay clean-up efforts. (Associated Press – D.C.)
- Virginia Beach public schools will soon take their classroom lessons outdoors with a $200,000 grant in place to make environmental education part of the norm. (Public News Service – VA)
- One watershed town will look to trees to help meet the new Chesapeake Bay pollution diet goals, while beautifying the city and reducing energy use at the same time. (Lancaster New Era – PA)
- Washington, D.C. had its stormwater discharge permit renewed, and with it some stricter pollution controls. (Washington Post – D.C.)
- Strict crab regulations set in 2008 seem to be working as the crustacean’s population continues to grow. (Washington Post – D.C.)
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities for the Bay
- Help clean up the Anacostia, our nation’s “forgotten river!” Join the United by Blue crew to help rehabilitate this Potomac tributary.
- Do you care about oysters and the Bay? Participate in oyster restoration in the Annapolis area by helping the South River Federation plant oyster spat onto a sanctuary reef.
- Join the Virginia Native Plant Society – Potowmack Chapter as it has its annual meeting, including a lecture and meadow walk by ecologist Jeff Wolinski. The meeting will take place in Green Spring Gardens (4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, VA) from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.. Contact Becky Super (email@example.com) for more details.
- 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.
- 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.
- See the fall foliage of the South River from the waterside with the South River Federation on its Second Annual Fall Kayak Sojourn in Annapolis, Maryland.
- Get your hands dirty and help out TALMAR Gardens & Horticultural Center, a local nonprofit with a good mission in Parkville, Maryland. 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: 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.