Double your donation in the Great Give!May 4, 2015
Your donations help us make our rivers fishable, swimmable & paddle-able

Help Us Help the Rivers 

in the Great Give, May 5 - 6


Double your donation! If we raise $5,000 in the Great Give, the Board of Directors and other key supporters of the West & Rhode Riverkeeper will match that amount dollar for dollar.

And we could win the "Go Big" award -- an additional $1,000 as the nonprofit that that has the largest percentage increase in total dollars raised over last year's number.

Here's what we need you to do:

1. Between 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5, and 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, log onto our page on the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County's GREAT GIVE web site and make a secure online donation.

It's easy! Just click here. Or copy and past this link in your web browser:

2. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter @westrhode for Great Give updates and to help build the buzz.

3. Spread the word! Forward this email to your family, friends and neighbors along with a personal note as to why you believe in our work, and why they should give during the Great Give on May 5-6.

As an added incentive, four lucky donors will receive tickets for two to this Saturday's "Muddy Bottom Barbecue" at Hartge Yacht Harbor to celebrate the 2nd annual Ride for the Rivers.

Thanks for your support!










Thanks to the Brick Companies for their generous support of RiverFest 2015, Saturday, June 6, noon - 6 p.m. 


The Brick Companies has once again shown their generous support for the second annual Riverfest event to be held on Saturday, June 6, 2015, at Discovery Village, in Shady Side from noon to 6 p.m.   
See the Blessing of the Fleet, compete in the anchor toss, listen to live music, take your kids for a kayak ride, shop among local exhibitors and artists, and savor affordable family fare, including fresh Bay crabcakes and a good old-fashioned fish fry.  
More information to come soon! If you are interested in participating please contact Eric at the West & Rhode Riverkeeper office at 410-867-7171 or email




Honeydipper is under weigh!


The West & Rhode Riverkeeper launched the pumpout boat, 
Honeydipper, on April 25.

Equipped with a 500-gallon tank, the boat will be available to empty sewage from the holding tanks of recreational boats in the local waterways throughout the boating season. Every year, 
Honeydipperunder the aegis of Capt. Mike DeRogatis, safely transports and disposes about 15,000 gallons of raw sewage. 

Thanks to a grant from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the service is available for free. A donation of $5 will help the West & Rhode Riverkeeper in the mission of making the rivers fishable and swimmable. Members of the West & Rhode Riverkeeper at the $50 level can get an unlimited number of pumpouts for free. 

The boat will run Saturday through Monday8 a.m. to 6 p.m. through April and May. Starting May 29, the boat will be available Friday through Monday8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

To hail Capt. Mike, hail the Honeydipper on VHF channel 71 or call 410-940-3754



Bring Safe Trails to Shady Side


More and more people are turning to walking, running and cycling as an enjoyable and economical way to keep fit. However, the roads in our community do not safely accommodate these activities - and they are hazardous for drivers as well. 

A group of local Shady Side residents is working with Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks to bring "green trails" along Anne Arundel County-owned property. The first proposed trail would be along parts of Idlewilde Road and Snug Harbor Road.

The County is looking for a show of support to make this happen. Please support bringing safe trails to Shady Side by emailing with "I SUPPORT SHADY SIDE TRAILS."


Please forward this to your family, friends and neighbors! 


Your Riverkeeper,



 Jeff Holland

Desk: 410-867-7171

Cell: 443-758-7797

Ride for the Rivers

Saturday, May 9 

8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Start: Carrie Weedon Center, Galesville


Finish: Hartge Yacht Harbor, Galesville


Please join us at the West & Rhode Riverkeeper's 2nd annual Ride for the Rivers. This is a beautiful bicycle ride for a great cause on May 9 starting in Galesville.


Don't cycle? That's OK. Enjoy an afternoon on the river's edge for the Muddy Bottom Bar-B-Cue at Hartge Yacht Harbor from noon to 3 p.m. 


Entry is $25 for the general public. Children under 6 are free. We will have live music, BBQ, beer, wine, and activities the entire family can enjoy. Click here to reserve tickets.


Registration for the race opens at 8 a.m. with a 9 a.m. ride start time. There are two ride distance options: 40 miles or 62 miles (100KM, metric century).   




And thanks to:


The Chesapeake Grille

Buck Distributing

Christopher's Fine Foods

Whole Foods Market

Thanksgiving Farm Winery


Thanks for helping us help the rivers!


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