April brings some exciting activities and events that I have been looking forward to sharing with you! Not only have our oyster drop-off dates been set, but I will also be diving on the Miles Oyster Sanctuary Reef for my first time this month. My camera and flippers are ready to go! Equally exciting, April means the annual Blessing of the Fleet at the St. Michael’s Maritime Museum, the official kick off to the boating season. Another first for me- I’ll be there to cheer on the blessing of our Pumpout Boat, which is getting ready for its third season on the Wye and Miles Rivers. Our boats are being Spring commissioned as I type and I’m almost spinning in my chair with excitement to get back out on the rivers. See you on the water!
In this edition of Miles-Wye River News:
-Elle Bassett, Miles-Wye Riverkeeper
Oyster Drop Off Dates Announced
After an icy winter, I’m eager to see the survival rates of our oyster spat in our Marylander’s Grow Oysters Program. This free program, created by the Department of Natural Resources, has been extremely successful in Midshore rivers. ShoreRivers has been coordinating for the Miles and Wye Rivers since 2008. Last year, we planted over 50,000 oysters on local sanctuaries in these rivers, directly contributing to increased oyster populations, reef habitat, and improved water quality. ShoreRivers will be diving on the Miles River Oyster Reef this month to take a closer look at the success of the reef! Be sure to follow my social media accounts to see photos from the dive - @mileswyeriverkeeper
Miles Oyster Drop Off
Saturday, May 12
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Drop Off from 9:30 - 11:00
Wye Oyster Drop-Off
Saturday, May 19
Bennett Point Landing
Drop Off from 11:00 - 12:30
If you would like to learn more or sign up for our FREE Marylander’s Grow Oyster Program, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blessing of the Pumpout Boat
Our rivers will soon be populated with recreational boaters as our weather warms up. This means that our pumpout boat is getting ready to go back in the water this month! Last season, the pumpout boat pumped almost 12,000 gallons of waste last season. We are aiming to pump over 15,000 gallons this year! Surprising to many, it is legal to discharge marine sewage overboard, with very limited treatment. Marine sanitation devices do nothing to remove polluting nutrients, nitrogen and phosphorus, from the waste. The pumpout boat is a free service offered to Miles and Wye River boaters. Thank you to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum for donating free dockage and storage of the boat. Join us for the annual Blessing of the Fleet at the Museum on April 12th to wish the pumpout boat a successful season! Pump, don’t dump!
Pumpout Boat Hours:
End on October 21st, 2018
Pumpout Boat Service: 410-829-4352 or VHF Channel 9
First Ever State of the Rivers in Grasonville
I’m happy to announce the first ShoreRivers State of the Rivers event in Grasonville at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center on May 16th at 5:30pm. I will be joined by Chester Riverkeeper Tim Trumbauer. What determines the health of our rivers throughout the year and how do we measure it? Join us for an evening of friends, drinks, and presentations providing insights into our local waterways. Take a deeper look at the water quality of the Wye and Chester Rivers and Eastern Bay. Our 2017 report card shows some interesting results compared to previous years and trends. I’m looking forward to sharing the results with you! See you there!
For more information on this event, please contact Eleanor Nelson at email@example.com.