Filling you in on the top stories of the week and letting you know how to make a difference!
View of the flooded Susquehanna River near Harrisburg, PA Photo by Foster Nost
This week in the Watershed: Irene's effects, shale drilling, swollen Susquehanna, and menhaden
- The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee are making some big impacts on the Bay and its tributaries (Baltimore Sun Blog "� MD)
- Hurricane Irene helped to temporarily shrink the Chesapeake oxygen-starved "dead zone."�(Maryland DNR report "� MD)
- A ban on shellfish harvesting in Virginia was extended up the James and Poquoson rivers after Hurricane Irene caused sewage spills in the area. (Daily Press "� VA)
- The military is looking for new ways to go green, especially in Norfolk. (Virginian-Pilot "� VA)
- Marcellus shale drilling industry leaders will host a conference next week in Philadelphia. At the same time, anti-fracking groups will also be meeting in the very same city. (State Impact NPR "� PA)
- A poultry farm in Virginia's Eastern Shore will pilot a project turning chicken litter into fuel for power generation. (Daily Times "� MD)
- Tilghman Island residents work to help the Bay's oyster population through "gardening."� (Star Democrat "� MD)
- The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Council may move to reduce the East Coast menhaden harvest. The oily fish are an important food source for many Bay species and the fishery is by weight the largest in the Chesapeake. (Bay Journal "� MD) Public comment is now open through October to voice your views on what should happen to menhaden--"the most important fish in the sea."� Please visit http://www.asmfc.org/ and click on the "Public Input"� tab on the left to find out more.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities for the Bay
- Check out this native plant sale at the Herring Run Nursery in partnership with Blue Water Baltimore.
- There is another native plant sale happening in St. Michaels, MD with Environmental Concern. Great chance to get some natives in the ground before winter comes.
- Help the Reedy Creek Coalition clean up Reedy Creek near Richmond. Get your hands dirty!
- Join the Friends of Rock Creek for a bicycle eco-tour of the creek, complete with lunch. Registration is required.
- Help the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) plant 800 trees on a farm near the Bay Bridge in Annapolis. Registration is required. To sign up, send your complete contact information to Carmera Thomas at 443/482-2156 or email MDRestoration@cbf.org.
- Make your mark for clean water! Help CBF in West Chester, VA mark storm drains so people know that water makes it to the Bay.
- Come out and help complete a stream buffer survey in Harrisonburg, VA with CBF.
If you have an upcoming Bay-related restoration event and you need volunteers, please let us know by contacting CBF's Community Building Manager, Adam Wickline: firstname.lastname@example.org.Do you enjoy working with fellow Bay Lovers to help save the Chesapeake? Become a CBF Volunteer to receive notifications about upcoming volunteer opportunities.