Maryland Coastal Bays

August 2013 Newsletter

 
 
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 Lizard Hill Project Receives Award  
Lizard Hill  
The Lizard Hill Project, funded by the Maryland State Highway Administration recently received the Federal Highway Administration award for Exemplary Ecosystem Initiative. Lizard Hill was a sand and gravel mine that is being transformed to an Atlantic White Cedar forest. Cooperators include MCBP, Biohabitats, Inc, MD Dept of Natural Resources, MD Dept of Environment, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Fish Wildlife Service, Underwood and Associates, Wicomico County and YOU.  Thanks to all who put in many hours to develop such a jewel for our area!
Fish Monitoring 
Fish Monitoring  

 

Led by Coastal Bays fisheries biologist Roman Jesien, MCBP staff document fish populations in Buntings Branch near Bishopville to sample above the Bishopville Dam. When the dam is removed anadromous fish like alewife and blueback herring will be able to use available spawning habitat. The American Eel will also gain easier entry to its freshwater habitat. All three of these species are listed by the National Marine Fisheries Service as species of special concern

Species observed while sampling include: Largemouth bass (One @ 15 inches), blue spotted sunfish, bluegill sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, pirate perch, creek chub sucker, brown bullhead, red fin pickerel,  American eel, cray fish and green frog.  

Green Bulkhead Project

Peruvian Flutes  
Coastal stewards continue working on the green bulkhead project, called Peruvian Flutes.  PVC pipes were first installed at Bayshore Drive and Old Landing Road in Ocean City. Second step was to fill the pipes with sand. Third step is to plant the flutes with native marsh grasses. Think of it as flower boxes for bulkheads.  The idea is to improve biodiversity along these rather sterile shorelines.  Original concept was brought up by Dr Evamaria Koch, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Studies, Horn Point.  Folks from Horn Point, the Town of Ocean City, Coastal Stewards and staff from your MCBP made it a reality.  Oh, we will be monitoring, so stay tuned to see how they fare.  

 

All Good Things Must Come to an End 

Worcester County Interns  
As the summer season closes, MCBP had to say goodbye to a great group of young adults who helped us with many successful projects.  Kara Grosse, our AmeriCorps Volunteer Maryland Coordinator, finished her 10 month temporary assignment in mid-August.Maryland Kara was key in organizing our volunteer program and will be sorely missed.
 
Worcester County provided two paid interns - Beth Bynum from Snow Hill High School and Valerie Petsche from Stephen Decatur High. They planted trees, counted birds, restored shorelines, monitored fish populations, killed invasive plants, entered data and suffered through paperwork. They were invaluable to the program and we appreciate very much Worcester's generosity in providing them and will miss their smiling faces and cheery attitudes.
 
And of course, all of our amazing Coastal Stewards! We'll get to work with some of them over the winter, but their daily stewardship term has ended for this season. Their smiling faces and great attitudes will also be greatly missed.
Policy Committee 
Policy Committee Meeting
 
The Coastal Bays Program held its annual Policy Committee meeting Aug. 13 when the EPA Region III Administrator, Assateague Island National Seashore Superintendent, Maryland secretaries of DNR, MDP, MDE, and MDA, the UMD Horn Point Lab VP, the Worcester County Commissioners, the mayors of Ocean City and Berlin and Coastal Bays citizen board members convened at Fager's Island in Ocean City to discuss coastal bays issues. The leaders received a status update on water quality in the coastal bays and agreed to pursue additional monitoring dollars and methods in the coastal bays along with embarking on new septic and stormwater efforts.
 

 August 2013   

Volunteer

Opportunities and Fundraisers

 

We always have lots of great opportunities. If you don't see one that interests you here, please contact us!

 

 

Coast Day Clean Up and Toast to the Coast!

Clean Up
Saturday, September 28

Mark your calendars to join MCBP, OC Surfriders, Delmarva Electric, Ocean Conservancy and the Town of Ocean City for our third annual celebration of International Coastal Cleanup. Registration starts at 10 am at Town Hall on third street in the gazebo. You may register ahead at sandis@mdcoastalbays.org. We will be handing out assignments at registration. 

We will be meet at Buxy's Salty Dog Saloon on 28th street at noon to celebrate National Estuary Day by raising our glasses for a 'toast' to our estuaries nationwide. All 28 estuary programs will be participating in this symbolic celebration.

Assateague Coastal Trust will be holding this Coast Day Clean up at Assateague Island, Saturday, September 21 for more information click here

14th Annual Osprey Triathlon
 
Triathlon

 

Saturday, October 5th 

 

This is MCBP's larger fundraiser. Each year participants tell us that our volunteers make this a great event. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact sandis@mdcoastalbays.org

  

If you are interested in participating, please register at:

 http://www.mdcoastalbays.org/osprey-triathlon.

 

2nd annual Poker Paddle Pandemonium.  

 

Poker Run  

 Sunday, October 13th 

 

This is a fun filled paddle fundraiser where you can bring your own paddling device or we'll provide you with either a kayak or a paddle board. You paddle to five different venues to collect a playing card. Each venue provides food. At the final venue you turn in your card for prizes and trophies. We need volunteers to collect cards and assist with helping tether boats at the various sites. Please contact sandis@mdcoastalbays.org for volunteer opportunities. 

To participate in this event go to:  http://www.mdcoastalbays.org/kayak-poker-run.

 

 Thank You Seacrets!

Every year Seacrets Jamaica USA generously donates their collection booth one night in the summer for MCBP to ask for $5 cover charge donations.
 
This year we collected over $3,000. A big thank you goes out to Seacrets and Wayne and Paula Faircloth, Georgette Rhoades, Sally Shoemaker and the Coastal Stewards for helping us with this initiative.
 
Seacrets also sponsors our Osprey Triathlon every year. 
 We Need Your Help Collecting Data on Coastal and Ocean Recreation!

Your help is needed to ensure that your favorite recreational areas are considered in coastal and ocean planning coming to the Mid-Atlantic. The Surfrider Foundation is conducting an online survey of recreational users such as beach goers, swimmers, beach wildlife viewers, surfers, kayakers, windsurfers, and divers.

 

Click here to fill out the survey.

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