Saturday, September 26, 2015
at Historic St. Mary's City
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CPCS helps build Reef Balls
On June 8th three sixth grade classes from the Chesapeake Public Charter School helped build three reef balls for the St. Mary's Oyster Reef Project.
Students also gained insight into the ecology and history of oysters, water quality issues, habitat loss, and restoration in the Chesapeake Bay.
12th Annual Juneteenth Celebration
June 20th, John G. Lancaster Park
St. Mary's Crab Festival
June 13th, St. Mary's County Fairgrounds
Youth Fishing Rodeo - May 9th, St. Mary's River State Park
Green Arts Festival - May 2nd, Chesapeake Public Charter School
Earth Day - April 19th, Leonardtown Square
40-Page Guide Published
The forty-page guide, From My Backyard to Our Bay, A St. Mary's County Resident's Guide to Improving Our Environment and Drinking Water, is available free at area businesses, or you can download it from our web site. The Greenery in Hollywood, Chicken Scratch in Park Hall, and Good Earth Natural Foods in Leonardtown have free copies. Support your local businesses and get your free copy. Download compressed version [3.8 MB]
A download link to a high resolution PDF formatted version
is available on our publications page.
President Jordan Speaks
at Annual Meeting
St. Mary's college of Maryland president, Dr. Tuajuanda Jordan, was the keynote speaker at the Association's annual meeting September 19 at the Ruddy Duck Seafood and Alehouse. Overlooking St. George Creek, a tributary to the St. Mary's, the audience was delighted with Jordan's words of inspiration and her pledge to continue partnering with the Association to restore the health of our river.
Jordan's Talk | TheBayNet Article
Scouts Build Oyster Reef
On Sunday, July 19th, twelve scouts from troop #1634 installed ten tons of concrete rubble into the St. Mary's River oyster sanctuary. As part of Alec Vanderborght's eagle scout project, donated concrete was used to build a new three dimensional mound for the St. Mary's Oyster Reef project. Concrete was donated by Patrick Guy, labor was provided by his fellow scouts, and Alec raised funds to hire Captain Craig with his barge Whiskers.
This mound is the 36th built since the Reef Project started in 2012! Underwater video of this reef mound is available on our Facebook.
Envirothon State Finalist
On Wednesday, June 17th ninety high school students, representing schools from each county in Maryland, participated in local oyster restoration efforts by planting over 300,000 oysters into the St. Mary's River oyster sanctuary. All of the oysters planted during this event were provided by the Marylanders Grow Oysters program (managed by MD DNR) and raised by local volunteers.
As part of the Envirothon State competition, these students also spent time learning about oyster reef ecosystems, the health of the Bay, and current restoration strategies through a seining activity and educational talk
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Oysters Filtering Water
An adult oyster can filter 55 gallons of water each day. Once oysters filtered the entire Chesapeake Bay every few days.