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Here's all the latest river-related news!September 2013
In This Issue
Riverkeeper Report
Restoration Update
Conservation Corps'ner
Public Access
New Strategic Plan
Upcoming Events

Free Kayaking and our summer bacteria monitoring are finished for the year. But, as summer winds down, we are planning our fall events.

Keep your eyes out for announcements soon for our Fall General Meeting.

We are also trying something new: an Online Fundraising Auction.

Stay tuned for both of these exciting events.
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Conowingo Riverkeeper Report by Chris Trumbauer 

You may have heard a bit about the Conowingo Dam in the news lately. The dam sits at the "top" of the Bay, near the mouth of the Susquehanna River. In this month's Riverkeeper Report, I discuss the dam, which is currently up for a Federal license renewal, and the connection to the West and Rhode Rivers. Read more... 

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Restoration Update by Joe Ports
West/Rhode Riverkeeper helps to open Jack Creek Park, a report on our oyster growing program, and updates on our ongoing restoration projects. We've been busy this summer - check out all the action! Read more...
Sam Hartman Conservation Corps'ner by Sam Hartman                 

Meet Sam Hartman. Sam is our 2013-14 Chesapeake Conservation Corps member. Sam has traveled around the world and studied in many regions. He has been to Bermuda to study coral reef systems and has also traveled to Ecuador to study many of its diverse ecological zones. He recently graduated from Washington College with an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Earth and planetary studies.  

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Public Access to our Waterways by Mike Lofton  

Simply put, citizens need abundant, convenient and varied access to the Chesapeake. We have a lot of improving to do. Bay-wide the National Park Service estimates the public has access to about 2% of the shoreline. Shockingly, with more than 500 miles of shoreline, Anne Arundel County offers its citizens not one public boat ramp or a single public beach. But we have some good news. 

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WRR logo New Strategic Plan    

On June 10, 2013, our Board of Directors unanimously adopted our new Strategic Plan. The plan will guide our vision and direction for the next 3 to 5 years. Check out the plan, and see our priorities for restoring the health to the rivers we love so much.    Read more...

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Thinking of Going Solar?
    

Sungevity, a mission driven B-Corporation, is partnering with environmental organizations across the country. Under a special promotion, Sungevity will donate $1,000 to West/Rhode Riverkeeper for every one of our supporters who goes solar and also give you a $750 credit off the lease of your home solar system. If you are interested in solar power for your home or business, contact Sungevity for a free quote.    CLICK HERE

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Captain Michael DeRogatis is out on the West and Rhode Rivers Friday - Monday, every weekend through October.

Need a pumpout - call the Honeydipper at 410-940-3754 or hail VHF Channel 71.