We have issued our annual report card, and I’ve got good news. The grades for water quality are up significantly, which means we’re making progress as the only citizen-based environmental organization dedicated solely to protecting our rivers – the West and Rhode Rivers. We did not print our report card this year, but have published it here digitally as a PDF to save paper, ink and funds. The are links embedded throughout that allow you to dealve into issues in further detail.
The results are an overall “C,” up from a “D+” last year and a “D” the year before. We’ve got a ways to go, but we’re heading in the right direction, thanks to your support.
Here’s what we’ve been doing over the past year to have this positive impact:
We can’t do all this work without your financial support. We do not receive any direct operating funds from the county, state or federal governments. We rely on donations from supporters like you and grants from foundations for day-to- day operations.
Restoration projects are funded by grants from other agencies, but these projects wouldn’t ever get done without the professional supervision we supply through your support.
And all of our work, in partnership with all the other organizations working throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed, is having a positive impact, as shown in the grade trends. I hope we can count on your support for our work this year.
We are part of the Mid-Atlantic Tributary Coalition (MTAC). To see the assessment methods we used, see MTAC’s Sampling and Data Analysis Protocols.
Many thanks to the sponsors of this year’s Report Card: Smith Brothers, Rhode River Marina, Chesapeake Yacht Club, Straughan Environmental, TriState Marine, Chalk Point Marina, and Hartge Yacht Yard.