West and Rhode Riverkeeper

We work with our community to enforce environmental law, to
promote restoration, and to advocate for better environmental policy.
Contact us: 443-758-7797  ♦  PO Box 172, Shady Side, MD 20764

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Jack Creek Park project phase I to start

jack creek parkOn or about August 1, 2017 the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works will start construction of the Jack Creek Park Stockpiling project (Phase I) by moving material from the Idlewilde Dredged Material Placement facility on Idlewilde Road to Jack Creek Park. This material, essentially dried mud and sand that has been dredged from nearby rivers and creeks, will be graded and planted with native trees and shrubs, enhancing the appearance and use of the park. 

This project will have the additional benefit of providing room at the Idlewilde site for more material from future dredging projects, which means we will be able to keep our local waterways navigable. 

The time for completion is 120 consecutive calendar days.  Hours of operation for construction activities are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

The contractor may also work outside these hours with prior approval of the County. The trucking operations will be adjusted as necessary to avoid conflicts with school bus routes during school opening and closing periods. 

Jack Creek Park will remain open to the public throughout the duration of the project. The Contractor will maintain access to the existing grass parking lot for park patrons, however, public vehicular access beyond this point will be restricted during the construction of this project. 

The construction of this project has been made possible by County Bonds and Department of Natural Resources Waterway Improvement grants. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or need additional information.

Masoud Ghatineh, P.E.
Project Manager
Anne Arundel County
Department of Public Works
Bureau of Engineering
410-222-7575
410-222-7589 (fax)

mghatineh@aacounty.org

 

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This is amazing! With your help, we DID achieve our $10,000 goal! 

That would be an incredible boost for our small organization to keep the momentum going, to protect and preserve the West and Rhode Rivers, to ensure fishable and swimmable rivers for generations to come.

 

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Full Moon Concert June 9, 2017

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West River Moonrise Concert, Friday, June 9

The West and Rhode Riverkeeper will sponsor a concert of local musical groups Hat Trix and the Second Act Band at Discovery Village in Shady Side on Friday, June 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. The musicians will perform on a stage with a backdrop of the full moon rising over the West River and the Chesapeake Bay. Bring your picnic basket and lawn chairs and enjoy some beer or wine provided by Riverkeeper volunteers for a modest fee. Admission of $10 per person helps the Riverkeeper protect and preserve the West and Rhode Rivers. Children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult. 

Hat Trix plays acoustic classic rock and original songs, with Dave Baldwin and Dave Sherr on guitar andHugh Cassidy on cello. 

Hugh also performs with the Second Act Band (pictured here), performing jazz and swing with Gabe Diginnaro on drums and Rich Elmquist on rhythm guitar backing Angie Hunter’s vocals.

Discovery Village is located at 4800 Atwell Road in Shady Side, MD 20764. There’s plenty of free parking. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Do not bring your own beverages. Beer, wine, soft drinks and water will be available for sale at a modest fee.

Click here to order tickets.

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Full Moon Concert June 9, 2017

Second Act Band

West River Moonrise Concert, Friday, June 9

The West and Rhode Riverkeeper will sponsor a concert of local musical groups Hat Trix and the Second Act Band at Discovery Village in Shady Side on Friday, June 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. The musicians will perform on a stage with a backdrop of the full moon rising over the West River and the Chesapeake Bay. Bring your picnic basket and lawn chairs and enjoy some beer or wine provided by Riverkeeper volunteers for a modest fee. Admission of $10 per person helps the Riverkeeper protect and preserve the West and Rhode Rivers. Children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult. 

Hat Trix plays acoustic classic rock and original songs, with Dave Baldwin and Dave Sherr on guitar andHugh Cassidy on cello. 

Hugh also performs with the Second Act Band (pictured here), performing jazz and swing with Gabe Diginnaro on drums and Rich Elmquist on rhythm guitar backing Angie Hunter’s vocals.

Discovery Village is located at 4800 Atwell Road in Shady Side, MD 20764. There’s plenty of free parking. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Do not bring your own beverages. Beer, wine, soft drinks and water will be available for sale at a modest fee.

Click here to order tickets.

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GreenGive

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Anne Arundel County Environmental Groups Launch GreenGive, a 24-hour Online Giving Day, Set for Monday-Tuesday, June 12-13

Eleven Anne Arundel County environmental nonprofits are collaborating on a new, 24-hour online fundraising initiative, called GreenGive, designed to both raise funds and expand residents’ and businesses’ engagement with local environmental organizations, issues, projects and actions. It’s the first time multiple environmental nonprofits have collaborated on such an event.

GreenGive is scheduled to start on Monday, June 12, at 5 pm and run through Tuesday, June 13, at 5 pm. A GreenGive Live Kick-off Party is scheduled for Monday, June 12, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Historic London Town & Gardens in Edgewater.

The GreenGive Partners are:

Annapolis Green www.annapolisgreen.com/

Back Creek Conservancy http://www.backcreekconservancy.org/

Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails http://www.friendsofaatrails.org/

Our Creeks and Conservancy email: jrcalhoun1124@gmail.com

St. Luke’s Restoration of Nature Project http://www.stlukeseastport.org/environmental-ministry

Spa Creek Conservancy http://spacreek.net/

Scenic Rivers Land Trust https://srlt.org/

Severn River Association http://severnriver.org/

South River Federation http://www.southriverfederation.net/

Watershed Stewards Academy http://aawsa.org/

West/Rhode Riverkeeper http://www.westrhoderiverkeeper.org/

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ChesaTreks tour of Jug Bay by Canoe

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Contact:          Jeff Holland / 443-758-7797 / jeff@westrhoderiverkeeper.org

What:              ChesaTreks presents: Jug Bay Wetland Ecology by Canoe

Where:            Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian, MD 20711 

When:             Saturday, June 17, 2017 

Time:              9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Admission:     $50 per person, including canoe and picnic lunch

Join Jug Bay naturalists on a guided canoe journey on the Patuxent River on Saturday, June 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tour is the latest in the West & Rhode Riverkeeper’s adventure series, ChesaTreks, providing a fun on-the-water nature experience followed by a picnic and discussion. An admission fee of $50 per person includes canoe, life jacket and paddle, plus a picnic lunch.

Reservations are required. 

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, operated by Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks, consists of 1,700 acres of open water, tidal freshwater marshes, forested wetlands, upland and riparian forest, creeks, meadows, pine and sand barrens, and fields along the tidal reaches of the Patuxent River.

Its network of habitats, including its extensive tidal freshwater wetlands, provides a safe environment to a high diversity of plants, invertebrates, birds, fish, reptiles, and mammal species. The National Audubon Society has designated the Sanctuary as a Nationally Important Bird Area

A rich archaeological history tells the story of Native Americans living at Jug Bay nearly 10,000 years ago. Pig Point, only a mile from the Sanctuary, contains Maryland's oldest archaeological artifacts.

What you need to know:

Age Requirement: 7 and up.  Children under 16 are required to have at least one adult in the canoe.  Two adults per child are recommended for children between 7 and 10.

Duration: 4 hours.  This includes orientation, paddling instructions, one-mile hike to launch site, launching canoes, and paddling, followed by a picnic lunch.  Time on the river is about 2 to 2.5 hours.

Participants arriving later than 15 minutes after the program start time may not be able to participate.  Please be courteous and arrive on time.

Private canoes and kayaks are not permitted.  You may bring your own paddles or Coast Guard approved PFD if you wish.

Be Prepared!  What to Bring:

  • Plenty of drinking water or other liquids.
  • Snack to eat on the water.
  • Sunscreen
  • Broad-brimmed hat
  • Synthetic clothing that dries quickly and shoes that can get wet
  • Optional: binoculars and camera.
  • Remember we will be on the water and personal items may get wet. Canoes can tip over, paddles drip water into the canoes, and feet can get wet when entering or exiting the canoe. We claim no liability for personal items or electronic equipment (cell phones included) that are damaged during the canoe trip.
  • Recommended: Waterproof dry bag to protect expensive electronic items from water.
  • It is an easy one-mile walk to the canoe launch site (River Pier) so you may wish to wear comfortable walking shoes before changing into paddling "wettable" shoes at the launch site.

Directions to Jug Bay from Annapolis (Do NOT follow your GPS!)

1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian, MD 20711
410-741-9330

From West St. at Parole, take Route 2 south 18 miles. At the Lothian “circle” go 3/4 of the way around and stay on Route 2. Go past the fire station, schools and St. James Church (on left) until the next stoplight at Route 258; go right (west) on Rt. 258. Continue on Route 258 for 4.5 miles until this ends near the "Park and Ride" just after crossing over Route 4. At the stop sign, turn onto Wrighton Rd. and continue for 1.5 miles to Sanctuary entrance on LEFT. Follow the gravel drive about 1 mile to the parking area for the Wetlands Center.

Reservation link to cut and paste into your search engine:     https://co.clickandpledge.com/?wid=121084

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Pigs & Pearls 2017

 

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Contact: Jeff Holland, Riverkeeper / jeff@westrhoderiverkeeper.org  / 443-758-7797

What:    Pigs & Pearls

A mouth-watering fundraiser to benefit the West & Rhode Riverkeeper

Date:     Saturday, April 29, 2017

Time:     2 - 6 p.m.

Where:                   Pirate's Cove Dock Bar

4817 Riverside Drive, Galesville, MD 

Pirate’s Cove Restaurant hosts Pigs & Pearls BBQ and oyster roast to benefit the West & Rhode Riverkeeper

Pirate’s Cove Restaurant will host its second annual “Pigs & Pearls” BBQ and oyster roast to benefit the West and Rhode Riverkeeper on Saturday, April 29, from 2 to 6 p.m. The event, featuring live music by the Eastport Oyster Boys, will mark the official opening of the season at the Pirate’s Cove Dock Bar on Riverside Drive in Galesville.

“This is a fun way to celebrate spring and get a true taste of our local watersheds, with locally raised oysters and BBQ made from locally raised pork,” said Jeff Holland, Riverkeeper for the West and Rhode Rivers. “We’re blessed to have half a dozen watermen growing oysters in our rivers, and we’ll have an exhibit to explain why those oysters are so important to the health of our waters.”

"This is a great event to mark the opening of the Pirate’s Cove Dock Bar,” said co-owner Michael Galway. “And what better way to do that than with local oysters right from the West and Rhode Rivers along with Pirate’s Cove BBQ by Chef Steve Hardison. The Eastport Oyster Boys are perfect for this occasion –  a great fun day so try on your pearls and pig noses and join us to help raise funds for the West and Rhode Riverkeeper.”

Pirate’s Cove Chef Steve Hardison will serve freshly shucked and roasted oysters raised by local watermen on the West and Rhode Rivers, plus pulled BBQ sandwiches made from locally raised pork and served with two sauces, BBQ baked beans and homemade corn bread.

Holland, one of the founding members of the Eastport Oyster Boys, will sit in with the band as they perform their original Chesapeake-inspired “cruising tunes” along with Oyster Boy regulars Kevin Brooks, Tom Guay, Mike Lang and Andy Fegley.

Tickets are $40 in advance or $45 at the door. Kids 5 – 12 are $10. Kids 4 and under will be admitted free of charge. Admission includes 20 tickets that can be redeemed for freshly shucked West and Rhode River oysters, BBQ platter or regional craft beer. Tickets are available at Pirate’s Cove Restaurant in Galesville or online at http://www.brianborupub.com/gift-certificates.

Proceeds will help the West & Rhode Riverkeeper to preserve and protect the West and Rhode Rivers. The nonprofit group keeps the rivers clean through restoration projects; advocates for better environmental policies and enforcement of environmental laws; and keeps sewage from the rivers by providing pump-out service to recreational boats.

 

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New phone number as of March 1, 2017

As of March 1, 2017, we will cancel our underutlized land line. Do not call 410-867-7171.

Please call Jeff Holland directly at 443-758-7797.

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Legislative Update #1 2017

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The West & Rhode Riverkeeper is one of 19 independent RIVERKEEPER®, SHOREKEEPER®, COASTKEEPER® organizations partnering together under Waterkeepers® Chesapeake to follow legislation at the local, state and federal level. We are tracking bills in the interest of clean water in order to maintain and restore swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters in the Chesapeake Bay.

As the legislative sessions move along, we may want you to write your legislator to help us support specific bills. Be on the lookout for our legislative Action Alerts or subscribe to your local independent Waterkeeper lists to stay up to date on actions they are supporting.

Here's what's happening in Maryland:The state of Maryland’s General Assembly’s 90 day session meets January 11 to April 10.

Fracking ban. The current moratorium on fracking in Maryland will expire October 2017. A bill (Senate Bill 740) to ban fracking in the state of Maryland is working its way through the 2017 Maryland General Assembly. Send an email to your Maryland legislator today and tell them you support #cleanwater and want fracking to stay out of our state.

Septic regulations. The “On-site Sewage Disposal-Best Available Technology” (House Bill 281) is in the Maryland House of Delegates and is supported by Waterkeepers around the region. In August, Gov. Larry Hogan rolled back state requirements for new construction to use Best Available Technology (BAT) when installing new septic systems. This legislation would require new construction to use BAT in the Chesapeake Bay and coastal bays watershed (support).

Atrazine study. Atrazine is an herbicide widely used for weed control on farms, lawns, along roadways and golf courses. It is one of the most commonly detected chemicals in drinking water supplies and has been associated with adverse reproductive effects. A study would allow Maryland to collect data on usage (support).

Polystyrene phase-out bill (Senate Bill 186) would prohibit the use or sale of polystyrene food service products or loose fill packaging. Have you been to a citizen cleanup effort with any Chesapeake Bay Waterkeeper? If you have, you’ve probably bagged quite a few of these pieces, commonly known as styrofoam. The Baltimore Harbor Riverkeeper is working on this legislation to phase it out. With a decomposition rate of over 500 years, this is great news for the Bay, oceans and marine life (support).

Clean Water Commerce Act of 2017 (House Bill 417) The bill would take up to $10 million of allocated funding from the Bay Restoration Fund earmarked for specific wastewater improvement projects in urban areas and direct those funds to an undefined trading program, moving pollution around rather than reducing it (oppose).

Oysters. Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy is working to ensure that oyster restoration and recovery work in the Chesapeake Bay continues. In 2016, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources halted oyster restoration work in the Tred Avon River, threatening federal funding for the project. While the state eventually allowed the work to continue, there have been ongoing threats to the continuation of oyster recovery work and habitat restoration (no legislation at this time).

Winter manure application. The Maryland Department of Agriculture recently changed laws that restricted the application of manure and fertilizers in the wintertime when the ground is frozen and plants aren’t taking up as many nutrients. Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy is supporting a restoration of the manure rules (no legislation at this time).

Fair Farms, a Waterkeepers® Chesapeake campaign for food and farm sustainability is working on four bills this year:

  • The Keep Antibiotics Effective Act (Senate Bill 422) would limit the use of human antibiotics in farm animals that are not sick (support).

  • The Maryland Farm and Families Act (Senate Bill 278). This legislation would double the purchasing power of food-insecure Marylanders by increasing revenue streams through federal benefit programs for farmers at Maryland farmers markets (support).

  • The Food Donation Pilot Program (Senate Bill 416) would allow farmers to donate their leftover foods at the end of a farmers market and receive a tax credit in return (support).

  • Healthy Soils (not yet filed). This bill by Del. Dana Stein would provide incentives for farmers who farm sustainably in the state (support with amendments).

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Ride for the Rivers 2017

Ride for the Rivers postponed to Sept. 23

Fourth annual Ride for the Rivers postponed to Sept. 23

Impending rain and safety concerns have compelled us to postpone this Saturday's event to Saturday, Sept. 23. If you've already registered, we'll hold your registration for that date. 

Contact:          Jeff Holland, Riverkeeper

West/Rhode Riverkeeper

                        jeff@westrhoderiverkeeper.org                 

410-867-7171

           

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