Tuesday, May 14, 2013
U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-5th District) thanked Shady Side fifth-graders who raised $1,611 for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
Shady Side fifth-graders walked across the street to Discovery Village on Monday afternoon to present a check worth $1,611 to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF). The students created and sold Chesapeake Bay-themed postcards to raise money for the CBF and were recognized by U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-5th District) for their efforts Monday afternoon along the water. After participating in an oyster restoration project at Discovery Village earlier this year, Molly Tremel’s fifth-grade class decided they wanted to do more to help the bay. So they created postcards, developed a business plan, borrowed money from the PTO and sold the cards to raise a total of $1,611. “Nothing makes me so happy than to come and accept a check for the Chesapeake …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Don't throw your oyster shells away! Recycle them in Edgewater, Deale and Shady Side.
Did you have oysters for lunch or dinner? If you threw your shells away, dig through the trash to find them so they can be recycled. A recycled oyster shell can return 10 new oysters back into the Chesapeake Bay, according to a tip from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Here are local places listed on the Oyster Recovery Partnership website that accept oyster shells to be recycled. Sudley Convenience Center South River Water Federation Shady Side Oyster Restoration Center Click here to find out more and see shell collection sites throughout the state. See more:
Monday, March 11, 2013
The postcards are available for purchase and funds will go to the Chesapeake Bay.
Fifth-graders from Shady Side Elementary School are selling postcards they made to help Chesapeake Bay restoration. After participating in a oyster raising project, students in Molly Tremel's fifth-grade class decided they wanted to do more to help. Tremel had her students create pictures of the bay, which she then turned into postcards. Her class came up with a business plan for marketing, promoting and selling the postcards, which they presented to the PTO. With the help of the PTO, the class was able to print and now sell the postcards with funds going to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The whole class created bay-themed pictures, and Tremel selected a few to be made into postcards. The following students cards were selected: The …
Friday, February 15, 2013
A fifth-grade class at Shady Side Elementary has created a business plan to sell post cards to help the Chesapeake Bay.
A group of fifth-graders at Shady Side Elementary School is working hard to ensure the Chesapeake Bay gets the restoration it needs. Not only are the students participating in a project where they raise oysters to help save the bay, but one Shady Side class has taken the project even further by starting a fundraising endeavor. The class has created postcards, developed a business plan and is launching an effort to help raise money for Chesapeake Bay restoration projects. “After participating in the oyster project my class wanted to extend it even further and give back to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for the oyster cages they supplied us,” said Shady Side fifth-grade teacher Molly Tremel. Tremel explained that the entire project got …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater is hosting tours Nov. 26-30 as part of a volunteer fair.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
If you'd like to learn more about the Chesapeake Bay area and share your enthusiasm for nature with others, there are opportunities to volunteer at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater. According to an announcement from the Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County, SERC is looking for volunteers to support its school and public education programs. Volunteer opportunities include: field trip assistants, canoe guides, aquarium maintenance team, trail guides, office assistants, classroom helper, gardeners, and curriculum designers. SERC provides volunteer training and continuing educational experiences. For more information, contact Daniel E. Gustafson at 443-482-2217 or email@example.com During the week of Nov. …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Debris is expected to begin showing up along the shorelines of the Chesapeake in the coming weeks.
Dam operators opened four of Conowingo Dam's 53 flood control gates Thursday to relieve pressure from Hurricane Sandy's record-breaking downpour. The gates began to open Tuesday and Wednesday, and more were opened Thursday. When more than 40 of the floodgates were opened in September 2011, following Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, the resulting debris was carried from the Susquehanna River in northeast Baltimore down to nearly all areas of the Chesapeake Bay. Environmental groups started cleanup efforts in several regions, including Annapolis and Cape St. Claire. The event also spurred talk of how to handle wastewater runoff in the state after the introduction of the Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake Bay pollution diet. …
Wind directions, low temperatures and a dry summer all mitigated Hurricane Sandy's impact on the Bay.
The impact of Hurricane Sandy on the Chesapeake Bay was less than expected by Maryland's Department of Natural Resources (DNR). "The good news is that this storm came so late in the season that all of our underwater grasses in the Bay are going into a dormant phase like the trees," said Bruce Michael, who is the director of resource assessment for DNR. "A storm of this magnitude would have had a much more detrimental impact on the Bay if it were to come in June or July when things are much more active and alive." The summer was also a dry one, which means reservoirs were at much lower levels and could accommodate more storm water, Michael said. He expects the Susquehanna River, which enters the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay in Havre …
Monday, July 16, 2012
The evidence leads out of the bay and up the rivers but the South River has its own problems, independent of the bay's dead zone.
Local rivers were pulsing with life. Minnows were darting through the stargrass while mussels serenely filtered water down below. Insect nymphs shucked their shells to emerge at the surface as gossamer mayflies. But here in the waters off Annapolis, we were about to make acquaintance with a dead zone. Capt. Paul Bayne plugged one end of a long, black cable into his hand-held dissolved oxygen meter. “Who wants to read out the numbers?” he asked. A woman stepped forward and took her position. Bayne lowered the probe on the other end of the cable into the surface water. “What does it say?” he called out. The rest of us edged a little closer. “10.8,” the woman replied. This was 10.8 parts of oxygen per million parts of water (ppm), which is …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Following Governor Martin O'Malley declaration that the Chesapeake Bay is on the right track, a local expert explains why she's slower to declare "victory."
While Gov. Martin O'Malley announced Monday that Maryland had met milestone goals to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay, a local riverkeeper says she would like to see more evidence. By gauging nitrogen and phosphorous poundage and reviewing "cover crops," the governor declared that the bay is on its way to prominence thanks to recent legislative efforts. However, following O'Malley's announcement, local chemist and water expert Diana Muller said the governor's assessment needs to be backed up with statistical evidence before riverkeepers like herself celebrate any real success. O'Malley's announcement stated that progress was achieved by planting 429,818 acres of cover crops, preventing about 2.58 million pounds of nitrogen and 86,…
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Gov. Martin O'Malley announced the juvenile crab population is at its highest level on record and encouraged residents to buy local crabs.
While at Mike’s Crab House in Riva on Thursday, Gov. Martin O'Malley announced that the Chesapeake Bay’s blue crab population is the highest it’s been in almost 20 years. Not only are there 66 percent more crabs in the bay than last year, the juvenile crab population is at its highest level on record at 587 million, O’Malley said. “In 2008, I told you the crab population was at a 19-year low,” O'Malley said. “Because of a different set of better choices that all of us have made together, I’m glad to report that the population of the blue crab is at a 19-year-high.” According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) annual winter dredge survey, approximately 764 million crabs spent their winter in the bay and the juvenile crab…