Maryland's Chesapeake & Coastal Service News - March 2014


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Volume 6, Issue 3         

March 2014 

IN THIS ISSUE
CLEANUP AT MALLOWS BAY ON APRIL 5
BE CLIMATE READY IN MARCH
MARCO LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE
NEW CATEGORY IN DNR PHOTO CONTEST
CBNERR-MD TO HOST TEEN LEADERSHIP PADDLE
 

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CCS SPOTLIGHT: CCS AND SERC COLLABORATE TO STUDY IMPACTS ASSOCIATED WITH REGENERATIVE STREAM CHANNEL DESIGN

Trust Fund project provides great opportunity to measure changes in water quality 

 

Photo by Alison Armocida.

Chesapeake and Coastal Service is partnering with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) to restore a highly incised portion of the North Branch Muddy Creek stream on the SERC campus in Edgewater, Maryland.  This project, funded through the Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, will reconnect 2,880 linear feet of stream channel to its historical floodplain, restoring three ecological functions that affect water quality: water storage in the stream and adjacent floodplain, sediment deposition in the floodplain, and floodplain biogeochemical processes that affect nutrient discharge.  The US-FWS will conduct an assessment on the pre-construction conditions of the stream at SERC, document the current status of stream functions and predict the functional lift possible using the Stream Functions Pyramid Framework, a function-based assessment to evaluate stream conditions and restoration projects. 

 

This project provides a rare opportunity to measure the impacts of regenerative stream channel restoration.  This stream is part of SERC's stream monitoring network, with over 40 years of continuous water quality data, and SERC has the capacity to measure changes in hydrology and water quality from this project with rigorous long-term data.  DNR's Maryland Biological Stream Survey and SERC researchers will also evaluate the changes to the benthic macroinvertebrate and fish communities.  Researchers expect to determine whether the project reduces nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment discharge to the Rhode River, and hope to gain new insights and understanding of the biological changes that occur in stream restorations.

 

For more information regarding this project, please contact Alison Armocida with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8803. 

POTOMAC RIVER CLEANUP EVENT AT MALLOWS BAY ON APRIL 5

CCS & volunteers set to remove trash from the "Ghost Fleet" of Mallows Bay

 

Photo by Tom Pelton. 

The "Ghost Fleet" of Mallows Bay is the largest collection of sunken vessels in the Western Hemisphere. Constructed during World War I, the remains of over 100 wooden vessels rest in the shallow bay waters and along its shoreline - marking one of the most curious yet important periods in the nation's maritime history. Bring a canoe, kayak or walk along the shore. Join local historians and archaeologists who will share the stories of Mallows as part of the cleanup activities.

 

You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own kayak or canoe and launch from the county boat ramp. The Mallows Bay site is generally open to most abilities and ages (above 12 years preferred), although some may find challenges walking the shore and/or navigating the waters due to the obstacles presented by the ghost fleet remnants. Cleanup sites are available along the shore adjacent to the boat ramp (no boat is required). For those with kayaks/canoes, additional shoreline sites require a brief (5-15 minute) trip from the boat ramp - some of these sites could include the outer edges of the sunken ship hulks, some of which are now small islands that support their own ecosystems! We anticipate that some canoes will be available to provide shuttle service for limited numbers of volunteers.

 

The Potomac River Cleanup Event at Mallows Bay is on April 5, 2014 from 8:30am -12:00pm.  For more information regarding the cleanup, please contact Sammy Orlando.

CCS CALLS ON MARYLANDERS TO BECOME MORE CLIMATE READY    

Create family emergency response plans in preparation for climate change
Photo by Edward Liske

This month, CCS urged Marylanders to "Be Climate Ready" and prepare for the effects of a changing climate, such as extreme rain events and flooding.

 

Through the promotion of two national awareness weeks, National Severe Weather Preparedness Week (March 2-8), and Flood Safety Awareness Week (March 17-21), many Marylanders now recognize the risks of flooding and extreme events, and also understand the different ways to address these increasingly dangerous issues; such as purchasing flood insurance


In order to make you and your family more resilient to the impacts of climate change, make sure to have an emergency plan and kit for when extreme events hit, and know your flood risk and whether your insurance covers it.

Click here for more information regarding climate change planning, or please contact Zoe Johnson with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8741. 

MARCO LAUNCHES NEWLY DESIGNED & MORE USER-FRIENDLY WEBSITE
CCS encourages the public to explore the site to better analyze ocean resources

The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) is pleased to announce the release of its new website, designed with a fresh new look and user-friendly navigation, and updated with the latest information on ocean-related priorities, activities, and events. The website URL remains the same at www.MidAtlanticOcean.org 

 

Maryland encourages you to visit the new site to explore the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal in order to visualize and analyze ocean resources and human use information; discover interesting projects about marine habitats and climate change adaptation; keep your finger on the pulse of Mid-Atlantic regional ocean planning; and stay informed on news and upcoming events in the region.

 

For more information regarding MARCO activities, please contact Gwynne Schultz, with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8735. 

11th ANNUAL PHOTO CONTEST OPEN NOW THROUGH END OF AUGUST  

New photo category will capture rising tides, lightning, and other storm events  

Click Image to view 2013 winners. Photo by Jean Shorrock.
Calling all photographers ¦΅ novice, professional and those who just happen to snap a great picture! The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting entries for its annual

Maryland Natural Resource Photo Contest. Thanks to CCS, new this year, the contest now features an additional category: Nature in Action: Rising tides, lightning and other storm events.


"As winter melts away and reveals the blooming buds of spring, now is a great time to get outside and capture fresh photos of Maryland's ever-changing scenery," said DNR Secretary Joseph P. Gill. "The contest gives photographers of all skill levels a chance to share their work with the public and win some great prizes in the process."

 

Click here for more information regarding this year's photo contest or contact Lauren Dorrill with the Office of Communications at 410-260-8008. 

CBNERR-MD SET TO HOLD 5TH ANNUAL TEEN LEADERSHIP CAMP
Register now for Explore the Patuxent Teen Leadership paddle in July and August

Click Image to view full photostream. Photo provided by CBNERR-MD. 

The Chesapeake Bay Research Reserve-MD, Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary, and Patuxent River Park are holding their 5th annual Teen Leadership camp this summer on the Patuxent River (Explore the Patuxent: Teen Leadership Paddle). You may remember this program from previous summers and we are pleased to announce that we will again be holding two sessions this year.  

 

The teen paddle is a five day (three night camping) program geared towards high school students.  The program is designed to provide students an opportunity to participate in a week long exploration of the Patuxent River while developing leadership skills that specifically pertain to issues affecting the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.  The week involves water quality testing, plant community studies, wildlife and fisheries data collection, and culminates in a presentation to county and state leaders, family and friends.

 

Explore the Patuxent: Jug Bay Teen Leadership Paddle
(for students entering 9th - 12th grades in Fall 2014)

Session 1: Monday, Jul 14 - Friday, Jul 18
Session 2: Monday, Jul 28 - Friday, Aug 1
Must Register by May 25

Click here for registration information, or contact Trystan Sill with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8827. 

TRUST FUND PARTNERS WITH STUDENTS TO DOCUMENT BAY ISSUES
Easton High School environmental students accept the stream challenge
 
Click Image to view all four student documentaries. 
Funded by Governor O'Malley's Stream Restoration Challenge grant, Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy started the Midshore Rivers Environmental Education Program pilot in Talbot County high schools. With an underlying theme of water quality and how it affects students locally, the program links to the Environmental Literacy Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

 

Through this program, Easton High School Advanced Placement (AP) Environmental students recently created environmental issue documentaries, which they presented at Rise Up Coffee in Easton, MD.  The students worked in small groups to research, film and edit a documentary dealing with an environmental issue that most concerned and interested them. Topics ranged from issues concerning our local Chesapeake Bay to global problems of pollution, endangered species and overpopulation.

The organization has worked with the AP Environmental students since the beginning of the semester discussing local Chesapeake Bay issues, taking them to Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge and also working with them to plant over 2,000 trees on a local farm to help reduce erosion and runoff into the Chesapeake.

Click here for more information regarding the documentaries funded through the Trust Fund, or contact Gabe Cohee with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8753.

COLLABORATIVE PARTNER RELEASES NEW QUARTERLY PUBLICATION

Headwaters set to update the public on local watershed restoration efforts  

 

The University of Maryland Sea Greant Extension, a partner in the Watershed Assistance Collaborative, just released the new quarterly publication named Headwaters.  This online publication will share relevant news and programs from the Watershed Protection & Restoration and Coastal Communities programs at the University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension. Expect Headwaters to provide insight into these programs and on Chesapeake Bay stormwater topics for Extension professionals, local government staff and officials, and community and watershed organizations.

 

In this first issue of Headwaters a new rain garden app for your smart phone is revealed, a tree planting in Chestertown is explored, and climate adaptation is explained. Future issues will include community highlights, watershed program updates, and our Climate Corner which will deliver timely climate and coastal community information.

 

Click here to learn more about the Watershed Restoration Specialists and the projects that they are currently working on. 

 

For more information regarding Headwaters, please contact Krisztian Varsa with the Watershed Assistance Collaborative at 410-771-1761. 

AMPHIBIAN & REPTILE ATLAS AVAILABLE IN ANNE ARUNDEL COUNT
CCS educates 6th grade students on local frog & toad populations 

Photo provided by CCS.
A new education program has recently started for Anne Arundel County Middle Schools Students.  The Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas (MARA) project has been served in the past few years by citizen scientists from Calvert County Public Schools as part of their science curriculum and is now coming to the Anne Arundel County public school system

Through a small grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust to cover equipment and other expenses, staff from Conservation, Education and Stewardship are working to expand the Calvert County model to Anne Arundel County Public Schools 6th grade students, along with Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary.  Three schools will participate in the project including Old Mill Middle South, Central Middle and Lindale Middle. Students will begin listening for frog and toads this spring and collect data on local populations in their neighborhood and school yard.  Although the official data gathering part of the MARA project is ending in December, student citizen scientists can still contribute their data to projects such as FrogWatch. 

Click here for more information regarding the MARA project, or contact Amy Henry with the Chesapeake & Coastal Service at 410-260-8828.
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A publication of the Maryland Coastal Zone Management Program pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Award No. NA13NOS4190136. This publication is funded (in part) by a grant/cooperative agreement from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA or any of its sub-agencies.

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