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: 410-867-7171  ♦  4800 Atwell Rd, #6, Shady Side, MD 20764

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Spring 2015 Call for Volunteers

wqvolThere are plenty of opportunities for you to roll up your sleeves and help us make the West & Rhode Rivers fishable and swimmable – not to mention crabable and kayakable.


We need help with events – the Ride for the Rivers on Saturday, May 9, and the RiverFest on Saturday, June 6. Contact our new Program Manager Eric Andersen at  or .


Project Clean Stream is on Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m. to noon.  Join us and bring your friends to continue our clean up a stream in our watershed.  There is a lot to do, but every little bit helps! Contact Restoration Coordinator Joe Ports at  or .


We’re always looking to build our corps of citizen scientists who conduct our water quality monitoring program every Wednesday morning from 8am to roughly 11am starting May 6.  This is a great way to get to know your rivers from a new perspective, not to mention start your mornings off with a relaxing boat ride with some fellow lovers of our rivers. If you're interested contact Restoration Coordinator, Joe Ports at  or .


Starting in June we hold free kayaking events on the first and third Thursdays of the month from 5:30pm to 30 minutes before sunset.  This year we will also offer basic kayaking lessons thanks to Kayak Instruction and Tours.  We would love to expand this fun and relaxing program and offer a kayaking event every week, but for that we need your help.  If you have experience kayaking and boating, particularly on the West River, and are interested in volunteering to work this event then please contact Restoration Coordinator, Joe Ports, at  or .  There is also an opportunity for high school aged students with no kayaking experience to help carry kayaks to and from the water, if you know anyone that would fit for this job then you may also contact Joe Ports.