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Here's all the latest river-related news!June 2012
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Rhythm on the River!
Riverkeeper Report
Legislative Update
Conservation Corps'ner
Calling All Watermen
Crabs Stocks Improve
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Saturday, June 2, 5-8 pm 

Don't miss this casual riverfront party, featuring live music, delicious food and drinks, and great people.


Bring a blanket or chairs and pick your spot on the lawn. 

Fill your plate, grab a drink, mingle with friends. Dance or just settle in to enjoy a great evening of music on the beautiful West River.


Live music by swampcandy!


Tickets are $40 and include entertainment, food, and refreshments.

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Chris Riverkeeper Report by Chris Trumbauer                
In early May, over 700 people gathered in Portland, Oregon for what may have been the largest meeting of river advocates in history. I was one of them. For the first time, the annual Waterkeeper Alliance conference was combined with the River Network's River Rally. Passionate advocates from across the globe convened to share their stories and learn from each other.  Read more... 
Chris Legislative Update by Chris Trumbauer                

By all accounts, the 2012 General Assembly was a tumultuous one. The beginning of the session was dominated by redistricting and the debate on same sex marriage, and the end of the session arrived without a consensus on the budget. However, what did emerge (on the final day) was a package of very important bills that will help clean up our waterways and position Maryland to be able to meet its pollution reduction goals. Read more...

Cheston Pt Conservation Corps'ner by Joe Ports                 

If you have spent some time near the mouths of the West and Rhode Rivers this Spring you may have noticed barges and boats working on Cheston Point. This is not a new development going in, it's a living shoreline! The ptoject is being created by a partnership between the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, which owns the land. Read More...

Calling all Watermen by Bob Gallagher                

There is much that remains to be done in the fight to clean up our waterways. Organized watermen need to be a part of that effort. Riverkeepers throughout Maryland will be involved in local implementation of the new laws and in efforts to get tougher limits on pollution from agriculture. We invite all watermen and their state and local organizations to join us. Read More...

Crab Fisheries and Water Quality Update               
      • Dept of Natural Resources crab survey shows encouraging results. 
      • Our water quality monitoring program is underway. View the results online, and see how you can volunteer to help!
      • Mahogany Tide invades county creeks (but not West and Rhode)
      • The Honeydipper Pumpout Boat is on patrol Fri - Mon each weekend. Read more...
sea kayakRAFFLE - Win This Sea Kayak!                

Liquidlogic sea kayak in excellent condition. This beautiful kayak is very lightly used, and includes a paddle and PFD. Perfect for a long paddle in the Bay or on the Rivers. The drawing will be held June 2 at Rhythm on the River. Get your tix today! CLICK HERE!

Other Upcoming Events
June 7  Free Kayaking                1st and 3rd Thursday of the month (June - Sept). 5:30                               pm - 1/2 hour before Sunset @ Discovery Village
June 9  West River Wade-in  Paddle out to the Shady Cove Living Shoreline and wade                               in the water till you can't see your toes. 11:00 am @                               Discovery Village
Rain Barrels
We still have a few rain barrels left from out Rain Barrel Workshop. If you would like one, please contact Joe Ports at 410-867-7171 or joe@westrhoderiverkeeper.org. They are FREE to members of West/Rhode Riverkeeper!
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Join us on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month during the Summer at Discovery Village in Shady Side.

Take a kayak out for a spin and enjoy the West and Rhode Rivers!