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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FREE Kayak & Stand-Up Paddleboarding


Thursday night "Picnic & Pick-Up Paddle for the Rivers"

Bring your own boat or use one of ours, June 16, June 30, July 21, August 4 and August 18

Bring a picnic, your own kayak or paddle-able boat, or use one of our tandem or solo kayaks for a sociable evening paddle on the West River. It's free, but you need to make a reservation in advance. A suggested $10 donation would go a long way toward the Riverkeeper's efforts to keep these rivers swimmable, fishable, crabable and kayakable, but even if you don't want to dip into your wallet, we'd still like you to dip a paddle in the river.

The West & Rhode Riverkeeper, in partnership with Discovery Village, will offer free kayaking on Thursday, June 16, June 30, July 21, August 4 and August 18. We will begin at 6 p.m. and wrap it up 30 minutes before sunset. Picnicing is welcome, as long as we vacate the campus by sunset.

Kayaks, paddles, and life vests will be provided. Both single and tandem kayaks are available. Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult. To reserve your spot, email Jeff at jeff@westrhoderiverkeeper.org or call 410-867-7171.

In the event of inclement weather, kayaking will be canceled and that news will be posted on our website.

FREE kayak lessons, June 9, July 14 & August 11

paddling-raisedJoin us on June 9, July 14 and August 11 for a 2-1/2 hour instructional tour starting at 6 p.m. Explore Parrish Creek while you improve your kayak skills and pick up basic safety information. American Canoe Association instructor, Anicca Jansen, Kayak Instruction & Tours will teach you basic strokes that will help you maneuver your kayak forward, backwards, and sideways and make you a more confident and safe paddler. Children 6 to 10 years old are welcome but must be in a tandem kayak with an adult.  The West & Rhode Riverkeeper will provide kayaks, life vests, and paddles to interested individuals, or you are welcome to bring your own.  Instructional tours are limited to 8 individuals per tour, please email Jeff at jeff@westrhoderiverkeeper.org or call 410-867-7171 to reserve your spot.  Instructional tours are offered for a suggested donation of $10, proceed go to continuing West/Rhode Riverkeeper programs.



FREE stand-up paddleboarding lessons, June 23, July 28 August 25

Enjoy a free beginner's stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) session at Discovery Village in Shady Side from 6 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, July 28 August 25.

The free SUP sessions have a value of $35. A suggested donation of $10 will help the Riverkeeper keep the rivers swimmable, fishable, crabable and paddle-able. Space is limited to 8 paddlers each session. Reserve your board now -- call 410-867-7171 or email Jeff at jeff@westrhoderiverkeeper.orgClick here for more details. 

Discovery Village is located at 4800 Atwell Road, Shady Side, MD 20764. Click here for directions.

In the event of inclement weather, these events will be canceled. Check our home page for updates. 

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ChesaTreks kayak tour of Mallows Bay

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Mallows Bay National Marine Sanctuary by Kayak

Saturday, June 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Mallows Bay, site of the largest concentration of shipwrecks in the western hemisphere, has been nominated to become the only National Marine Sanctuary on the East Coast. Tour the “Ghost Fleet” of abandoned wrecks by kayak with an expert on the natural and cultural history of this astonishing treasure on the Potomac River, followed by a catered riverside picnic. Kayak and all safety gear provided. Bring binoculars and camera, wildlife abounds!

The cost is $100 per person, including riverside picnic lunch. Reservations are required. Call 410-867-7171 or click here.

“ChesaTreks” adventures are a fun way to explore the Chesapeake Bay with the West & Rhode Riverkeeper. We’ll host new adventures every month, each one calculated to highlight an environmental or historical treasure. We’ll bring along an expert to enlighten a small group, take a tour by boat or kayak, and then savor the experience with conversation over some local food and drink.

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ChesaTreks tour to Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

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ChesaTreks Tour of Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse

Saturday, June 4, 2016

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

You’ve sailed by many times, but this is your rare chance to climb on board this icon of the Chesapeake Bay, a National Historic Landmark. Meet at the Annapolis Maritime Museum for background and history, then head out by boat to the 1875 screw-pile lighthouse, the last of its kind in its original location, followed by a crab-cake, fish or chicken sandwich lunch on the deck overlooking Back Creek.

The cost is $100 per person, including lunch. Proceeds help the Riverkeeper keep the West & Rhode Rivers fishable, swimmable, kayak-able and crab-able. Reservations are required. Call 410-867-7171 or click here.

“ChesaTreks” adventures are a fun way to explore the Chesapeake Bay with the West & Rhode Riverkeeper. We’ll host new adventures every month, each one calculated to highlight an environmental or historical treasure. We’ll bring along an expert to enlighten a small group, take a tour by boat or kayak, and then savor the experience with conversation over some local food and drink.

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Volunteer for Ride for the Rivers

r4r mbbbqThe Riverkeeper needs your help on Saturday, May 14 to help with the third annual Ride for the Rivers and the Muddy Bottom BBQ. You'll have fun -- and get a free cool T-shirt and the best BBQ, fried fish & chicken you've ever tasted (not to mention beer!) This is our #1 fundraiser for the year, so we'd really appreciate your help. Sign up for as much time as you can spare to help keep our rivers fishable, swimmable, kayakable and crab-able. 
Jeff Holland
West & Rhode Riverkeeper, Inc.
phone: 410-867-7171
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Pumpout Boat runs Friday - Monday 9 - 5

Pump-out Boat Service runs Friday through Monday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Call or text: 443-221-5104 or hail "Honeydipper" on VHS Channel 71.

Pumpouts are just $5 for the first 50 gallons. 

Don't wait 'til you're full -- text or call us the day before and leave a message. We will make every attempt to accommodate you, weather permitting.

West & Rhode Riverkeeper members at the $50 level can get free pumpouts all season long.

Join at the $100 level and you can make an appointment in advance. 



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Pigs & Pearls at Pirate's Cove



What:    Pigs and Pearls Fundraiser for the West and Rhode Riverkeeper

Where: Pirate’s Cove Restaurant and Dock Bar

4817 Riverside Drive, Galesville MD, 20765

When:  Saturday, April 30, 2016

Time:     2 – 6 p.m.

Admission:          $35 in advance or $40 at the door, kids ages 5-12 $10, kids under 4 free. Admission includes 18 tickets for your choice of oysters, BBQ, local craft beers, sodas, and a contribution to the West and Rhode Riverkeeper. Tickets can be purchased at Pirate’s Cove in Galesville, Killarney House in Davidsonville, Galway Bay in Annapolis, and Brian Boru in Severna Park.

Information: 410-867-2300 or http://www.piratescovemd.com/

Pirate’s Cove Restaurant and Dock Bar in Galesville will host a fundraiser for the West and Rhode River Keeper called Pigs and Pearls: Barbecue and Oysters! The event will highlight locally grown and harvested oysters served fresh-shucked or roasted, and pulled BBQ pork from local farms with two sauces from Pirate’s Cove Chef Steve Hardison. 

The event will feature live music by the Eastport Oyster Boys, along with guest local watermen from the West and Rhode Rivers. This is the opening day of the Pirate’s Cove Dock Bar, so the day is sure to be a fun time on the waterfront of the West River with great food, drinks, and music. Kids will enjoy Pirate and Bay themed activities including face painting and dress up. 


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Chesapeake Conservation Corps opportunity

West & Rhode Riverkeeper is one of many potential Host sites for the 2016-17 Chesapeake Conservation Corps service year. The Corps Program provides hands-on environmental, leadership and green job training opportunities for young adults through environmental, community engagement and energy conservation projects. This initiative, supported by the Trust, Constellation Energy, the National Park Service and the state of Maryland, places young adults 18-25 with nonprofit or government agencies to work fulltime in the environmental field for a one-year term of service in the Chesapeake Bay region ($16,000 annual stipend).

The purpose of the Corps is 1) to enable young adults to work with host organizations and communities throughout the Mid-Atlantic region on issues surrounding the Chesapeake Bay, and 2) to provide leadership and green training opportunities for young adults pursuing environmental and conservation careers including conferences, trainings, grant writing, project management and others.  Corps members will work fulltime on projects and programs in the realms of environmental restoration, community engagement, environmental education, energy conservation, sustainable agriculture and forestry that will promote and sustain the Bay and its surrounding environment as well as provide young adults with the opportunities to gain career skills and become more engaged through meaningful community service.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust anticipates placing around 30-35 Corps Members, young adults 18-25, with nonprofit organizations and government agencies throughout the Mid-Atlantic region for a paid year of service ($16,000) beginning on August 23, 2016.  To find the application or view a list of potential Host Organizations go to http://www.cbtrust.org/chesapeakeconservationcorps.

Applications must be submitted through the Trust’s online system by April 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm.

For any questions about becoming a volunteer or about the Chesapeake Conservation Corps, contact Program Specialist Tara Baker, tbaker@cbtrust.org or410-974-2941, ext. 102.

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BGE Osprey Watch

BGE 'Osprey Watch' calls on customers to report nests sighted on utility equipment

March marks the annual return of ospreys to the Chesapeake Bay and also the likelihood that their nests will appear on Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) electric equipment. These nests endanger the birds and may cause power outages.                                                              

There have been 123 osprey outage events since 2006, with the vast majority occurring between April and August. The most impacted areas are located along the Chesapeake Bay and include Havre de Grace, near Martin State Airport, south Baltimore, south of Annapolis, and Shady Side to Deale in Anne Arundel County.

To protect the ospreys and help BGE continue the safe and reliable delivery of electricity, the company has launched a nest identification program called Osprey Watch. Any customer who identifies a nest on or near utility equipment, such as power lines and poles, should let BGE know immediately by emailing ospreywatch@bge.com. BGE will dispatch a trained crew to either shield the birds and nests from the equipment or remove the nest.

 How customers can help:

When you see an osprey nest on BGE equipment, report the location of the osprey nest via ospreywatch@bge.com and provide the following information:

If the pole is easily accessible, please send us the pole number, located on a placard near eye level on the pole.

If the pole is not easily accessible, please send us the nearest address to the pole and attach photos of the pole (taken from different perspectives if possible).

Once a nest is reported, BGE will remove the nest if no birds or eggs are present. The nest will be relocated where possible. If the nest is inhabited, deterrents will be placed on the electric equipment to shield the birds and nests and mitigate the risks of contact.

Photo from www.ospreywatch.org by K Lantz


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Franklin Point State Park nature trail


Franklin Point State Park will have interpetive water trails and hiking trails beginning this summer -- stand by for more details!

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Blackfish Screening & Discussion

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The West & Rhode Riverkeeper presents Blackfish, the documentary that changed the way the world views killer whale captivity and forced SeaWorld to scramble to save its business. A screening at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, from 7 – 9 p.m., will be followed by a discussion with Tim Zimmermann, one of the film’s writer/producers.

A mesmerizing psychological thriller with a killer whale at its center, Blackfish tells the story of Tilikum, a performing killer whale that killed several people while in captivity. Along the way, it compiles shocking footage and emotional interviews to explore the creature’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity, the lives and losses of the trainers and the pressures brought to bear by the multi-billion dollar sea-park industry.

Tim Zimmermann is an award-winning correspondent with Outside Magazine and author of The Race. Zimmermann’s writing focuses on humanity’s relationship with the natural world, and he has reported on everything from extreme cave diving to efforts to communicate with dolphins. In 2010 and 2011, he wrote The Killer in the Pool, a deep investigation into the death of SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau, and Blood in the Water, a follow-up report which deconstructed another fatal attack by a SeaWorld orca. Those two stories became the basis for Blackfish, which Zimmermann helped write and produce.

After the screening, Zimmermann will talk about what happened after Blackfish was screened in theaters and on CNN, and explain how Blackfish ignited a grassroots protest movement that has impacted SeaWorld's attendance and profits, and forced the theme park giant to reconsider the future of its iconic Shamu Show. 

Zimmermann is also a member of the Board of Directors of the West & Rhode Riverkeeper. Proceeds from the screening will help the Riverkeeper in efforts to make the West and Rhode Rivers fishable, swimmable, crab-able and kayak-able. Admission is $15. There will be a cash bar for wine and beer.

Click here for reservations,  or call 410-867-7171.

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