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All the latest river-related news!June 2013
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Rhythm on the River!
Riverkeeper Report
Restoration Update
Conservation Corps'ner
Southern Middle plants trees
Swim Guide
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Rhythm 2013
Saturday, June 15, 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!


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Chris Riverkeeper Report by Chris Trumbauer                

As we progress from Spring to Summer, there are always strange weather days - days which seem too hot or too cold for that time of year. Critiquing the weather is an age-old Maryland tradition.  However, recent extreme weather, both locally and around the world, have brought discussions of climate change back to the forefront.  Read more... 

Letts planting Restoration Update by Joe Ports                

There is lots of restoration activity around the watershed going on! Recently, we dedicated our Camp Letts project and released our Report Card. We also completed a Living Shoreline on Bear Neck Creek and have done tree plantings at Carrie Weedon Science Center and Galesville Park. Read more...

snapping turtle Conservation Corps'ner by Will Saffell                 

When you think of fisheries in the Chesapeake Bay, most likely you are thinking of rockfish, blue crabs, or oysters. However, many more species are commercially harvested, including snapping turtles. There is a workgroup comprised of watermen, scientists, and conservation organizations that is studying the snapping turtle population, and current harvesting practices. Read More...

Lerch planting Southern Middle Buffers Lerch Cr. by Joe Ports                

On a warm and clear morning in late April, 50 seventh grade students from Southern Middle School planted roughly 280 trees and shrubs in Galesville ParkRead more...

swim guide Bacteria data available on Swim Guide       For countless residents and visitors, Memorial Day signals the unofficial start of summer - and the summer swimming season. Getting information about the water quality of our local waterways has just become a whole lot easier with the launch of the Swim Guide, a new, free, smartphone app Read more...
Pesticides Information Act signed by Governor                


SB675 bill signing

West/Rhode Riverkeeper worked during the last General Assembly to pass the Pesticides Information Act (HB775/SB675). Originally, the bill would have established a central reporting database, for commercial applicators of pesticides to report their use. This data would be used by scientists and public health experts. Disappointingly, the bill was amended to establish a workgroup to study the issue, but it is still a positive step forward on an important issue facing our waterways. Riverkeeper Chris Trumbauer was present for the bill signing ceremony.


Upcoming Events
June 6  Free Kayaking
1st and 3rd Thursday of the month (June - Sept). 5:00 pm - 1/2 hour before Sunset @ Discovery Village
June 15 Rhythm on the River 
Join us for our biggest party of the year! The 7th annual Rhythm on the River will be 5-8pm at Hartge's Yacht Harbor in Galesville. Don't miss it!
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! 
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