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    ShoreRivers – the Eastern Shore’s Uncompromising Voice for Clean Rivers

    ShoreRivers – the Eastern Shore’s Uncompromising Voice for Clean Rivers

    by Jeff Horstman and Isabel Junkin Hardesty

    The Eastern Shore’s rivers weave through farmland, forests, marshes and towns on their way to the Chesapeake Bay. Each river is unique, with its own character, but they share in common the fish, crabs, waterfowl and people that depend on them.

    Much as these individual rivers ultimately come together as part of the Bay, three great Eastern Shore conservation organizations are uniting. Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, Chester River Association and Sassafras River Association are merging into a single nonprofit, ShoreRivers, Inc., to serve as a leading voice for healthy waterways on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

    Through science-based advocacy, restoration and education, ShoreRivers will protect and restore Eastern Shore waters that flow into the Chesapeake Bay. We will work collaboratively with our communities, yet maintain an uncompromising voice for clean rivers and the living resources they support.

    Our three legacy organizations each have a deep history of working collaboratively to improve the health of the waters in our communities, and that mission will continue. By joining together, we become more than just the sum of our parts – we will be one committed voice with more influence on policy, more capacity to enact programs, and more potential to undertake large restoration projects that directly reduce pollution.

    We will need that influence to tackle the major issues affecting our environment. ShoreRivers will now be a statewide leader on conservation issues so that when we travel to Annapolis to meet with elected officials or to testify for legislation, we will have the backing of our 3,500 supporters who care about our waters and our Eastern Shore quality of life.

    We will also have increased capacity to implement bigger, better projects. That means expanded work with our agricultural partners, broader funding to encourage innovative technologies that reduce pollution, and region-wide restoration projects that capture polluted runoff before it enters our rivers.

    From Kennedyville to Kent Island, from Cambridge to Crumpton, ShoreRivers staff, partners and volunteers will work together across the Eastern Shore. You’ll see us out on the rivers and creeks as well as in farm fields and forests. Our leadership, staff and board of directors are comprised of members of the three legacy organizations.

    The main headquarters for ShoreRivers will be in downtown Easton at the Eastern Shore Conservation Center. We will also maintain regional offices in Chestertown and Georgetown, the former offices of the Chester River Association and Sassafras River Association, respectively. And we will heavily rely on watershed advisory boards for each major river to continue our strong local connections.

    An important part of our mission is our Waterkeeper program. Waterkeepers are full-time advocates who regularly patrol and monitor their local bodies of water. Including the ShoreRivers merger, there are now 17 Waterkeepers working in the Chesapeake Bay region – 11 in Maryland. Waterkeepers focus on their individual waterbodies, but frequently work together with other “Keepers.” ShoreRivers will have four Riverkeepers: Jeff Horstman is the Miles-Wye Riverkeeper; Emmett Duke is the Sassafras Riverkeeper; Matt Pluta is the Choptank Riverkeeper and Tim Trumbauer is the new Chester Riverkeeper.

    Despite encouraging signs of clearer water and more grass beds in recent years, the waterways of the Eastern Shore remain polluted – they are still threatened with excess nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment runoff. At ShoreRivers, we believe there are real solutions to these threats, and we are committed to developing projects and programs that will improve the health of our waters and keep them robust and beautiful for all of us – now and in the future.

    Jeff Horstman is the Miles-Wye Riverkeeper and Executive Director of ShoreRivers.
    Isabel Junkin Hardesty is the former Chester Riverkeeper and new Regional Director of ShoreRivers.

     

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    MRC Offers glassybaby Candles for Holiday Giving

    Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC), along with Waterkeepers Chesapeake, has formed a partnership that brings the West and East Coasts together in support of a cleaner Chesapeake Bay. In glassybaby hot shops in Seattle and Berkeley, more than 80 glassblowers handcraft molten glass into unique and functional votive candles and drinking glasses in a dazzling array of colors. In addition to creating beautiful products, glassybaby reports that it “actively supports causes that help people, animals and our planet heal.” To date, glassybaby has given over $7 million to a wide variety of nonprofit organizations.

    MRC is one of 19 Riverkeeper organizations that make up Waterkeepers Chesapeake, a coalition of independent programs working to make the waters of the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays swimmable and fishable. MRC is part of this alliance that monitors and cares for all the rivers that flow to the Chesapeake Bay, a watershed that covers six states.

    Waterkeepers Chesapeake and glassybaby have joined forces to launch a beautiful new votive candle called Chesapeake, glassybaby’s first product for the Chesapeake Bay region. The Chesapeake votive captures the colors and clarity that are the essence of the Bay. Under glassybaby’s power of giving program, 10% of the price of each Chesapeake glassybaby will be donated to Waterkeepers Chesapeake to help support their work from New York to Virginia.

    The glassybaby candles will be available at Easton’s famous Waterfowl Festival, which takes place November 10-12, 2017. NOTE: Waterkeepers Chesapeake will receive 10% of ALL SALES (not just Chesapeake) made during Waterfowl Festival (November 10-12) and up to 2 weeks afterwards. Use the code “waterfowl” when ordering.

    Or purchase your very own Chesapeake glassybaby online at midshoreriverkeeper.org/glassybaby. For more information, contact Kristan Droter at kdroter@midshoreriverkeeper.org or 443.385.0511.

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    Midshore Riverkeepers Host Creation Care Workshop November 30

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    Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC), in partnership with Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake, will host a one-hour “Creation Care” workshop to bring together the faith community and the environmental community. The workshop, which is part of MRC’s Stewards for Streams Faith Initiative, will be held on Thursday, November 30 from 5:30-6:30pm at the Eastern Shore Conservation Center, located at 114 S. Washington Street in Easton.

    Faith Howarth of Grace Lutheran installs rain barrels at the church to reduce stormwater pollution and collect rain water for their garden.

    Faith organizations and dedicated individuals of any denomination are encouraged to attend. Through this workshop, MRC will offer three free ways that the faith community can engage their congregations in environmental stewardship and education. MRC and Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake have already collaborated with 10 churches to install rain gardens and native trees that beautify the church grounds while reducing pollution and benefiting the local environment. MRC and Interfaith Partners can provide a menu of options that go beyond in-the-ground projects, including youth trips and service learning, adult education programs, and advocacy.

    “Faith organizations are pillars in our community that can stand as examples of environmental stewardship,” says Suzanne Sullivan, MRC’s Stewards for Streams coordinator. “They have an audience of dedicated individuals and families who can help spread environmental messages and actions.”

    St. Luke’s congregation in Cambridge planting native trees in St. Luke’s second environmental stewardship project.

    Participating congregations include: Grace Lutheran, Presbyterian Church, and St. Mark’s in Easton, and St. Luke United Methodist and Waugh Chapel in Cambridge, as well as Greater New Hope Baptist in Preston.

    To RSVP for this event, email Suzanne@midshoreriverkeeper.org or call 443-385-0511.

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    Faith Initiative Creation Care Workshop

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    Across Maryland, congregations of all denominations are engaging in Creation Care – faith based stewardship of the planet and communities we live in. Engaging congregations in environmental stewardship is spiritually meaningful and positively impacts the local environment.

    Join Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy and Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake for an hourlong workshop. Learn 3 FREE WAYS your congregation can begin or continue Creation Care practices including:

    Youth Education & Service Projects
    Congregation Workshops
    Grounds Projects that Beautify and Treat Pollution.

    Faith leaders and active congregant leaders welcome!

    RSVP to Suzanne@midshoreriverkeeper.org or call 443-385-0511

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    Wild & Scenic Film Festival

    Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) is pleased to host its 8th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival on November 17, 2017. The festival presents eight short environmental and adventure films that illustrate the beauty of the Earth and the work that communities are doing to protect our increasingly threatened planet.

    This year, the event will offer a new experience with two ticket options. Premier ticketholders will attend a pre-movie cocktail party at 5:30 at the Tidewater Inn. They will enjoy delicious appetizers, a full open bar, exclusive silent auction items, and reserved seating for the film presentation. The party will continue as guests move across the street to the Avalon Theatre, where doors will open at 7:00 for the film program, with films showing at 7:30.

    As a second option, guests may purchase a ticket for only the film portion of the night, with doors opening at the Avalon Theatre at 7:00. Film-only ticketholders will enjoy an open beer and wine bar, view captivating and enlightening short films, and have the opportunity to support MRC’s extensive educational programs through the River of Giving.

    This year’s slate features an exciting lineup of short films, including Pale Blue Dot—set to the words of Carl Sagan, situating human history against the tapestry of the cosmos while seeking to remind us that regardless of our differences, we are one species living on Earth; The Wild President—revealing President Jimmy Carter as an unsung environmental hero who grew up in awe of nature’s wonder, but didn’t understand the power of a wild river until he paddled the Chattooga River’s Bull Sluice; and One Hundred Thousand Beating Hearts—depicting the story of fourth generation cattleman Will Harris’s evolution from industrial, commodity cowboy to sustainable, humane food producer. The program will finish with a film highlighting the extensive stormwater improvement projects completed by MRC on the campus of Chesapeake College.

    Film festival major sponsors are BB&T, Akridge Family Foundation, and KELLY Benefit Strategies, along with many other community supporters and film sponsors.

    Full listings of films, sponsors, and silent auction items are available on the MRC website.

    All proceeds go toward MRC’s efforts to restore and protect Midshore rivers through advocacy, education, outreach, projects, and community partnerships.

    Film festival information and tickets are available at midshoreriverkeeper.org/wild-scenic-film-festival. For further information, please contact Kristan Droter at kdroter@midshoreriverkeeper.org  or 443-385-0511.

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    Shaw Bay Raft Up Concert w/Eastport Oyster Boys

    Raft up and relax with music from the Eastport Oyster Boys  . . . the Chesapeake’s Musical Goodwill Ambassadors.
    Join us at this annual must-do for cruisers of all persuasions. This free benefit concert (donations kindly accepted) is held in lovely Shaw Bay along the Wye River. Bring your dingy, paddle board, kayak, sailboat, boat and join the floating “slosh pit” behind the Eastport Oyster Boys Mother Raft. Donations will benefit the operation of MRC’s new pumpout boat for the Miles and Wye Rivers, which began operation in May 2016.

    Watch the Eastport Oyster Boys Facebook page for updates. See ya on Shaw Bay! W 76 11 20 N 38 51 23

    MUSIC SAMPLES!

    Info: elle@midshoreriverkeeper.org  or 443.385.0511

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    Development and Event Coordinator

    Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) seeks a Development and Event Coordinator to join our team and help fulfill our mission to protect and restore our rivers and the living resources they support. The ideal candidate will be an energetic, outgoing individual who is enthusiastic about the environment and the communities we serve.  The position is located in our Easton, Maryland office, soon to be located at the Eastern Shore Conservation Center.

    To learn more about Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, visit midshoreriverkeerp.org.

    Areas of Responsibilities (Job Duties):

    Fundraising (20%)

    Help Compile and Execute Annual Fundraising Plan

    Annual Appeal—create annual end of the year appeal mailing
    Maintain Calendar of Events

    Membership and Funder Giving

    Stewardship Plan—phone calls, thank you letters, renewal letters, annual appeal
    Manage the Donation Engagement Calendar
    Support Regional Directors—fundraising and outreach activities
    Database management

    Help Manage Special Interest Groups

    Advisory Council—events, meetings, and communications
    Board of Directors—work with Executive Director and Board Chair on board engagement, reports, and stewardship
    Development Committee—planning meetings and agendas, engage committee members to help expand MRC’s programs and initiatives

    Grants (20%)

    Track and help develop proposals and reports—research and coordinate with other staff

    Private Grants

    Private Foundations
    Family Foundations

    Corporate Giving

    Corporations
    Businesses

    Local/State/Federal Government—programmatic giving

    Events (45%)

    Host several community events for fund raising and to communicate our mission. Such as:

    Ride for Clean Rivers
    Wild & Scenic Film Festivals—Easton and Cambridge
    Shaw Bay Raft-Up Concert
    Cinco de Miler
    River Caucus
    State of the Rivers—St. Michaels and Cambridge

     Communications (15%)

    Help Develop Media Plan
    Manage MRC’s Social Media—Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
    Assist with Media Relations and Content of Press Releases
    Assist with Website
    Review Monthly E-newsletter
    Review Semiannual Printed Newsletter
    Review Annual Report

    Experience required:

    College degree and 2 to 3 years of experience in a nonprofit organization or other similar position
    Event planning and community outreach experience
    Computer programs: Microsoft Office—Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc., and database experience

    The Development and Event Coordinator will work with the Executive Director and other staff to complete his or her responsibilities. The successful candidate will be a personable, outwardly social self-starter who is creative and enjoys interacting with the diverse community groups we serve.

    Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits package offered.

    If you are interested please email your resume to:

    Jeff Horstman

    Jeff@midshoreriverkeeper.org

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    13th Annual Ride for Clean Rivers – Early Registration Discount until Sept. 8

    Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) wants you to know that it is not too late to register or create your own team for the 13th Annual Ride for Clean Rivers (formerly Tour de Talbot) bike ride on Sunday, September 17 at Chesapeake College. Fall is a beautiful time to take to the backroads of Queen Anne’s, Caroline, and Talbot Counties, all in support of healthier Midshore rivers. Ride for Clean Rivers is for all ages and levels. Riders can choose from 20-mile, 35-mile, or 63-mile (metric century) routes, which all include SAG support and rest stops with food and drink. At the end of the ride, participants will enjoy a BBQ lunch with cold drinks and live music.

    It is a day filled with fun, friends, fitness, and a bit of fundraising, for those who wish to make a donation. This year, MRC’s goal is to have 500 registered riders and to raise $50,000. We know we can do it with your help! Although it is not required, once registered, we encourage riders to reach out to their friends, families, neighbors, and business associates, and ask them to sponsor their ride. All proceeds support MRC’s work to restore and preserve our local rivers. And did we mention the prize? Don’t miss it—the individual who raises the most money will become the proud owner of a brand new bike. Visit rideforcleanrivers.org for all the details.

    Register now and receive an early registration discount. Discounted registration price is available through September 8. Be sure to register by September 8 in order to be guaranteed your event tee-shirt.

    Thank you to event sponsors Dock Street Foundation, Agency of Record, Bicycling magazine, Bike Doctor, Bay Pediatric Center, The Brewer’s Art, C-Jam Yacht Sales, Chesapeake College, S.E.W. Friel, KELLY Benefit Strategies, The Orthopedic Center, and SweetWater Brewing. Rest stop sponsors are Adkins Arboretum, Chesapeake Bay 4-H Club, Solar Energy Services, and Sprout.

    All proceeds go toward MRC’s ongoing education, restoration, and water quality monitoring programs. To register or learn more, visit rideforcleanrivers.org. For more information, please call at 443.385.0511 or email sarah@midshroeriverkeeper.org.

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    Development and Event Coordinator

     Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) seeks a Development and Event Coordinator to join our team and help fulfill our mission to protect and restore our rivers and the living resources they support. The ideal candidate will be an energetic, outgoing individual who is enthusiastic about the environment and the communities we serve.  The position is located in our Easton, Maryland office, soon to be located at the Eastern Shore Conservation Center.

    To learn more about Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, visit midshoreriverkeerp.org.

    Areas of Responsibilities (Job Duties):

    Fundraising (20%)

    Help Compile and Execute Annual Fundraising Plan

    Annual Appeal—create annual end of the year appeal mailing
    Maintain Calendar of Events

    Membership and Funder Giving

    Stewardship Plan—phone calls, thank you letters, renewal letters, annual appeal
    Manage the Donation Engagement Calendar
    Support Regional Directors—fundraising and outreach activities
    Database management

    Help Manage Special Interest Groups

    Advisory Council—events, meetings, and communications
    Board of Directors—work with Executive Director and Board Chair on board engagement, reports, and stewardship
    Development Committee—planning meetings and agendas, engage committee members to help expand MRC’s programs and initiatives

    Grants (20%)

    Track and help develop proposals and reports—research and coordinate with other staff

    Private Grants

    Private Foundations
    Family Foundations

    Corporate Giving

    Corporations
    Businesses

    Local/State/Federal Government—programmatic giving

    Events (45%)

    Host several community events for fund raising and to communicate our mission. Such as:

    Ride for Clean Rivers
    Wild & Scenic Film Festivals—Easton and Cambridge
    Shaw Bay Raft-Up Concert
    Cinco de Miler
    River Caucus
    State of the Rivers—St. Michaels and Cambridge

     Communications (15%)

    Help Develop Media Plan
    Manage MRC’s Social Media—Facebook, Instagram and Twitter
    Assist with Media Relations and Content of Press Releases
    Assist with Website
    Review Monthly E-newsletter
    Review Semiannual Printed Newsletter
    Review Annual Report

    Experience required:

    College degree and 2 to 3 years of experience in a nonprofit organization or other similar position
    Event planning and community outreach experience
    Computer programs: Microsoft Office—Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc., and database experience

    The Development and Event Coordinator will work with the Executive Director and other staff to complete his or her responsibilities. The successful candidate will be a personable, outwardly social self-starter who is creative and enjoys interacting with the diverse community groups we serve.

    Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits package offered.

    If you are interested please email your resume to:

    Jeff Horstman

    Jeff@midshoreriverkeeper.org

     

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    MRC Launches Citizen Guide – Training Webinar July 26

    Organizations and citizens wishing to actively contend with water pollution, have a new guide to assist them. Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) and Chesapeake Legal Alliance (CLA), with assistance from Jill Grant & Associates, have produced the Citizen Guide – Public Participation in Maryland’s NPDES Permitting Program (Guide). The Guide was produced for the purpose of improving the vital component of citizen involvement in environmental decision-making in Maryland. READ MORE

    The Guide is available to DOWNLOAD at the MRC website at midshoreriverkeeper.org or the CLA website at chesapeakelegal.org. Printed copies will be available at MRC’s office, located at 24 N. Harrison Street, Easton, Maryland 21601. A Tool Kit will also available on MRC’s website to assist organizations in getting involved.

    MRC and CLA will conduct a training webinar on July 26 at 12 pm. This webinar will teach the basic concepts discussed in the Guide. To register for the webinar, please SIGN UP HERE.

    For more information, please contact Choptank Riverkeeper Matt Pluta at 443.385.0511 or matt@midshoreriverkeeper.org or Chesapeake Legal Alliance Staff Attorney Mary Clemmensen at 410.216.9441 or mclemmensen@chesapeakelegal.org.

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    MRC SEEKS VOLUNTEER CREEKWATCHERS

    Creekwatcher Dick Bemis takes a reading on a YSI meter.

    Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) is seeking volunteers to join our Creekwatchers program on the Wye River, Cox Creek, Crab Alley, and Harris Creek. Creekwatcher teams conduct water quality monitoring at approximately 115 sites on nine rivers and Eastern Bay. Volunteers measure salinity, temperature, water clarity, and dissolved oxygen, and test for nitrogen, phosphorus, and chlorophyll a concentrations. MRC provides all equipment and training necessary for volunteers to collect the samples. The only requirement of volunteers is access to a boat.

    Data collected by Creekwatchers is a vital component in producing MRC’s annual State of the Midshore Rivers Report Card. The data is also shared with other agencies to help monitor trends in water quality.

    Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration, protection, and celebration of the waterways that comprise the Choptank River, Eastern Bay, Miles River, and Wye River watersheds. For more information, visit midshoreriverkeeper.org.

    Interested Creekwatcher volunteers may contact Tasha at keitasha@midshoreriverkeeper.org or call 443-385-0511 to learn more about the program.

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    Stewards for Streams Seeks Volunteers for Cambridge Church Planting

    Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy and St. Luke United Methodist Church in Cambridge are seeking volunteers to help plant over 400 native flowers and grasses on Tuesday, May 30 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Volunteers will be helping to plant a sloped ditched called a bio-swale that collects rain water draining into our rivers. Native species help filter and clean rain water, thus reducing pollution before it reaches our rivers, all the while beautifying the church grounds. Native species to be planted include black-eyed Susans, seashore mallow, and switchgrass. St. Luke is planting their bio-swale as a part of the Stewards for Streams: Faith Based Conservation program, funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Stewards for Streams works with congregations of any denomination to connect faith with environmental stewardship action. St. Luke is located at 712 Bradley Avenue. If you would like to volunteer please contact Suzanne at Suzanne@midshoreriverkeeper.org or call 443-385-0511. Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy is also looking for more congregations to join the Stewards for Streams movement and spread environmental stewardship actions throughout local communities. Please contact Suzanne if you would like to get your congregation involved.

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    MRC Presents 2016 Report Card at State of the Rivers Party in Cambridge May 25

    Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) will host its annual Cambridge State of the Rivers Report Card Party on Thursday, May 25 at 6 pm at the Cambridge Yacht Club, located at 1 Mill Street, next to Long Wharf Park. Light fare and drinks will be served. The event is free and open to the public.
    MRC is excited to partner again with the Cambridge Yacht Club for the evening. The yacht club also participates in MRC’s Marylanders Grow Oysters (MGO) program.

    During the State of the Rivers Party, MRC Riverkeepers will release the results of the 2016 State of the Rivers Report Card. Choptank Riverkeeper Matt Pluta, along with other experts and educators from MRC’s staff, will explain and interpret results from last year when scientists and MRC’s 50+ Creekwatcher volunteers collected water quality samples at over 115 sites.

    The City of Cambridge is located on the shores of the Choptank River, which will be the focus of this presentation. Special guest speakers for the evening will be partners from the Cambridge Clean Water Advisory Committee, including Dorchester Citizens for Planned Growth, Nanticoke Watershed Alliance, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, City of Cambridge, and University of Maryland Extension. Each partner will give a short update about various initiatives underway in the region.

    The 2016 Report Card results will reveal whether grades improved over the past year and how specific testing parameters contributed to overall scores. Production and presentation of the Report Card was supported by a grant from Chesapeake Bay Trust.

    For more information, contact Choptank Riverkeeper Matt Pluta at matt@midshoreriverkeeper.org or call 443.385.0511.

    State of the Rivers 2017 Cambridge Flyer

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    Help Wanted – Pumpout Boat Operator

    The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) and Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy are partnering to offer a pumpout service for pleasure boats on the Miles and Wye Rivers. The pumpout service will run from mid-May through mid-October 2017. The boat is based at CBMM in St. Michaels. Employed by Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, we are seeking an applicant to run the pumpout boat for approximately 20 hours per week. Hours are somewhat flexible; a possible schedule could be Fridays 1pm – 5 PM; Saturdays/Sundays 10am-5pm; Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day 10am-5pm.

    Compensation: $15/hr.

    Skills: good boat handling skills; extremely personable; reliable and able to work indpendently.

    If born on or after July 1, 1972, you will require a valid boating safety certificate. Must be 18 or older to run the boat solo.

    If interested, please submit cover letter and resume to: Ann Frock, ann@midshoreriverkeeper.org.

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    Call for Volunteers -Trees for Sacred Places Project, Easton MD

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    CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

    Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy is seeking volunteers to assist with a tree planting on April 29 at 9:00 a.m. with Immanuel Lutheran Church, located at 7215 Ocean Gateway in Easton. The project will increase tree canopy and reforest riparian areas on their property. This planting is part of the Trees for Sacred Places Project, developed and led by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay in partnership with the Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake. The program has planted over 12,000 trees on more than 100 faith-owned properties, including congregational grounds, retreat centers, summer camps, and retirement communities that are contributing to watershed restoration, community beauty, and care of God’s Creation. The Trees for Sacred Places program is a funded by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Chesapeake Bay Trust.

    Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome for the April 29th planting. Training, equipment, and refreshments will be provided. To volunteer, please contact Tasha Royal at 443.385.0511 or keitasha@midshoreriverkeeper.org.

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    Cinco De Miler Trail Run—It’s a RUNderful life!

    Celebrate Midshore Rivers with MRC and Charm City Run

     Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) and Charm City Run will team up again this year for the 4th Annual Cinco de Miler, a five-mile trail race through the scenic Terrapin Nature Park. This is a great opportunity to strap on your trail shoes and run or walk through the award winning 276-acre nature park that features a trails that meander through wildflower meadows, wetlands, and tidal ponds, not to mention a spectacular view of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. The race festivities continue at The Jetty Restaurant where each runner receives a complimentary drink after a job well done. MRC is again grateful to be the beneficiary of this event, hosted by Charm City Run.

     

    What: 5-mile trail race, followed by food and celebration at The Jetty Restaurant and Dock Bar. All proceeds benefit Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy.

    Where: Terrapin Nature Park, Stevensville, Maryland

    When: Sunday, May 7, 2017

    Start Time: 9:00 a.m.

    Registration Fees

    $45.00

    To register for the run or to find out more details please go to: cincodemiler5.com.

    Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to the restoration, protection, and celebration of the waterways that comprise the Choptank River, Eastern Bay, Miles River, and Wye River watersheds. For more information, visit http://www.midshoreriverkeeper.org, email info@midshoreriverkeeper.org, or phone 443.385.0511.

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    State of the Midshore Rivers Report Card Party Comes to Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

    Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) will host its annual State of the Rivers Party on Friday, April 21, the eve of Earth Day. The event takes place at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in Saint Michaels, Maryland.

    The State of the Rivers Party is free and open to the public.

    MRC welcomes and encourages the community to join an evening of conversation and informative discussion as they release their 2016 Midshore Rivers Report Card. The report card reflects data collected by MRC scientists, Riverkeepers, and more than 50 volunteers in MRC’s Creekwatcher water quality monitoring program, which runs from April through October. These results assess water quality at approximately 115 sampling jurisdictions on the Choptank River, Miles River, Wye River, Tred Avon River, Tuckahoe River, Harris Creek, Broad Creek, Island Creek, La Trappe Creek, and Eastern Bay on the southern tip of Kent Island. This is an opportunity for the community to learn about the health and challenges of our local waterways and how the most recent grades compare to previous years.

     

    MRC staff will also discuss other current programs being undertaken in 2017. MRC is excited to launch two new programs, which will be announced at the event.

    In addition, researcher Walter Boynton, who hails from UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory in Solomons, Maryland, will serve as honorary speaker for the evening. Boynton, in true scientist form, will make a few observations on the state of the Chesapeake Bay and what the future holds not only for our local waterways, but also for the overall Chesapeake Bay.

    The evening will close with the presentation of the Andy Coombs Volunteer of the Year Award. Each year, MRC recognizes a volunteer who has gone beyond the call of duty in support of its programs and mission. Robust, continued support from the community allows MRC to continue to be a strong, effective voice for local rivers.

    The party will be held in CBMM’s Small Boat Shed, where guests can discover the re-created interior of a crab‑picking plant and small, locally-built craft used around the Chesapeake Bay for fishing, oystering, and crabbing. The event will begin at 5:00 pm with a cheese and wine reception. The program will follow at 5:30 pm.

    For more information, email sarah@midshoreriverkeeper.org or phone 443.385.0511.

    Photo credit: Report Card cover photo © Jay Fleming Photography

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    MRC Seeks Watershed Coordinator

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    MRC seeks a Watershed Coordinator who will operate our pumpout boat from May to October each year and work a normal Monday-Friday schedule from April through September each year.

    Our Watershed Coordinator will engage in water quality testing, oyster restoration, river patrols, will help manage our fifty water tester volunteers, will engage in community outreach, regulatory and permit enforcement, will work with other staff on a variety of projects, and will assist in fundraising and events.

    Our Watershed Coordinator will contribute to MRC’s general communications and outreach efforts to increase awareness of our work in the community and the importance of clean water, including contributing content to MRC’s newsletters, commenting on proposed regulatory and legislative changes, speaking regularly at public forums, and writing for local media publications.

    Click here for Watershed Coordinator job description and application requirements.

    For more information, please contact ann@midshoreriverkeeper.org.

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    Lawn Fertilizer Awareness Week April 1-8, 2017

    Midshore Riverkeepers Launch Lawn Fertilizer Awareness Week

    April 1 – April 8

    Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) has launched its second annual Lawn Fertilizer Awareness Week from April 1 to April 8, 2017. Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration, protection, and celebration of the waterways that comprise the Choptank River, Eastern Bay, Miles River, and Wye River watersheds on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Last year, MRC spearheaded Lawn Fertilizer Awareness Week, partnering with over other 20 environmental organizations to spread the word about lawn fertilizer awareness. These combined social media efforts reached over 10,000 people across Maryland.

    This year, MRC is building on this outreach in an effort to reach an even larger audience. The goal of the program remains to educate the public and lawn care professionals and encourage them to reduce or eliminate lawn fertilizer. In addition, the program promotes alternatives to lawns that keep landscapes beautiful. It is vital that we reduce lawn fertilizer use due to its key ingredients—nitrogen and phosphorous. When it rains, excess nutrients are a major source of pollution that washes off the land into storm drains, streams and rivers. Once in our waterways, these nutrients have negative impacts by contributing to the growth of algae blooms that block sunlight from reaching underwater grasses, robbing the water of oxygen, and threatening underwater life.

    In October 2013, Maryland’s Lawn Fertilizer Law went into effect. The law helps protect the Chesapeake Bay against excess nutrients entering its waters from a wide range of non-agricultural sources, including golf courses, parks, recreation areas, athletic fields, businesses and hundreds of thousands of lawns. The law spells out common sense practices that can reduce the risk of fertilizer runoff while promoting best management practices that support healthy lawns.

    Lawn fertilizer accounts for approximately 44 percent of the fertilizer sold in Maryland. There are over 1,300,000 acres of lawns in Maryland and almost 86 million pounds of nitrogen-rich lawn fertilizer will be applied to their lawns each year. It is critical that everyone does their part to help Maryland meet the pollution caps established by the “pollution diet” for the Chesapeake Bay.

    More information is available at mda.maryland.gov/Pages/fertilizer.aspx. Additional guidance, along with seasonal and yearly fertilizer rates, is available at county extension offices or online at extension.umd.edu.

    A Lawn Fertilizer Awareness Week TOOL KIT is available on the MRC website, midshorereriverkeeper.org. For more information please contact Tasha at 443.385.0511 or keitasha@midshoreriverkeeper.org.

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    Summer Intern Announcement

    Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) is accepting applications for summer internships. Midshore RIVERKEEPER® Conservancy (MRC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration and protection of the waterways that comprise the watersheds of the Choptank River, Miles River, Wye River, and Eastern Bay in the Midshore region of the Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Based in Easton, the organization serves as an advocate for the health of these tributaries and the living resources they support. MRC strives to provide education, outreach, and restoration programs. These programs promote environmental awareness of the essential role local rivers and streams play in the community, the issues that threaten their health and vitality, and solutions that must be implemented to preserve them.

    Click here for FULL REQUIREMENTS & DESCRIPTION.

    Internships are unpaid and interns must commit to a minimum of 10 weeks of work. Start and end dates are flexible, but preferred start date is in May.

    To learn more, or to apply for an internship, please send resume and cover letter to Suzanne Sullivan at Suzanne@midshoreriverkeeper.org by March 1, 2017.

    Interviews will be conducted in March-April in person, over the phone, or via Internet.

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