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August 2015 Newsletter

16th Annual Osprey Triathlon September 26th

Hard to believe this year marks our 16th year for our largest fundraiser, the Osprey Sprint Triathlon.  This year we have added a relay component. If you are interested in participating you can register at
As always, it's our volunteers that help make this event a success, and we need plenty of them! If you're interested please contact Sandi at or at 410-213-2297 ext 106.
A big thank you goes out to our sponsors: 
ThrashersFrancis Scott Key

Thank you for all your support from the staff, Coastal Stewards, and interns and Maryland Coastal Bays Program.

We couldn't do it without you!


Front row: Sandi Smith, LuAnne Mottley, Jennifer Rafter, Supreme Green, Jairae Williams, Myia Tariq, Tre Deshields, Chelsea Lawson, Jeremiah Purnell, Zainab Mirza, Katherine Philips, Cristy Layton 
Back row: Carol Cain, Roman Jesien, Tashonna Grant, Lester Franklin, Isaiah Morris, Aisha Tariq, Mika'il Randall, Kevon Reid, Joanna Trojanowski, Jamal Alvi, Skye Coady, Amanda Poskaitis, Harrison Jackson
Welcome to CCC member Emma Rice!

Emma Rice, a Chesapeake Conservation Corps member, recently joined MCBP after earning a BS in Biology from Salisbury University. She will be working on various projects such as engaging volunteers in tree and living shoreline plantings and invasive species removal, as well as collecting biological surveys on wildlife and vegetation, and leading field trips and activities at environmental education sites. Thank you to the Chesapeake Bay Trust for making this possible!
Coast Day Cleanup!

Come out and join MCBP, Town of Ocean City and Ocean City Surf Club for the International Coast Day Cleanup, Saturday September 19, starting at 10 am at the Ocean City Town Hall gazebo. We will provide you with bags, gloves and thanks to Delmarva Power, every participant will receive a tee shirt as supplies last.

This year MCBP is seeking help on this day to help Ocean City clean up the marsh at the Park and Ride off of route 50. The town will provide ladders and supplies for folks to climb into the marsh and pull out trash as unfortunately, visitors have left a significant amount.

For more information or if you have a hearty group interested in participating, please contact Sandi at 410-213-2297 ext 106 or  
Help Our Bays With a Quick Survey!

 We're sharing this survey again due to a technical difficulty with the Constant Contact link in the last email. To help with this survey go to  If this link does not work please cut and paste the address into your browser.  Thank you so much for your help!
Countless small actions by individual Marylanders affect the health of our local waters. The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science has developed a very brief survey about the actions we take in our homes and in everyday life that can impact water quality. UMCES needs members of the community to help them understand what stewardship behaviors are occurring around Maryland and the likelihood of the public adopting them in the future. There are no "right" answers to this survey, and the responses cannot be tied back to anyone personally.  These responses will be combined with thousands of others, and will play an important role in guiding our future work.

August 2015

Paddle for a Purpose
with Ayers Creek Adventures
this Saturday
Come on by Ayers Creek Adventures this Saturday Sept. 5 to support The Habitat For Humanity Worcester County Maryland, Maryland Coastal Bays Program, Lower Shore Land Trust, Women Supporting Women, and Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services. All proceeds from the day will benefit these local charities. 
Mention Maryland Coastal Bays Program if you would like your donation to go directly to us. We hope to see you there.  Click here to view the event on Facebook.
Citizens Advisory Commitee
September 15
 The Maryland Coastal Bays Program Citizens Advisory Committee performs a dual role by providing the MCBP with valuable input from citizens and communicating the programs and progress of the organization to the community. Membership includes representation from a broad spectrum of major resources groups such as citizen's councils, business, farming, fishing, industry, recreational users and environmental citizens groups.
The next Citizens Advisory Committee meeting will take place in Berlin on Tuesday, September 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the MCBP office at 8219 Stephen Decatur Highway (the former Pine Shores Golf Course). Larry Walton of Vision Forestry will speak on the plans for Ilia Fehrer Nature Preserve. All are welcome to attend.
 Light fare will be served.  If you plan on coming, please RSVP to Programs Manager Jen Rafter at or 410-213-2297x 109.
Annual Seacrets Fundraiser!
Thank you Seacrets! MCBP received $2,660 in cover charges! Seacreats is also one of the largest sponsors of the Osprey triathlon. 
Mid Atlantic Regional Planning Body
The Mid-Atlantic Regional Planning Body (MidA RPB) is pleased to announce additional details about upcoming opportunities for the public to provide input and receive updates on progress since the January 2015 MidA RPB meeting and the May 2015 public webinar; and learn more about the MidA RPB's work and next steps.  
Please register and plan to attend the following events this September at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott in Norfolk, VA:
  • September 22 Public Workshop hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) which will serve as an opportunity to gather input from the public on draft data synthesis and information products, and draft interjurisdictional coordination opportunities and actions; and   
  • September 23 and 24 MidA RPB in-person meeting that will include MidA RPB discussions about draft data synthesis and information products, draft interjurisdictional coordination opportunities and actions, and components of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan.  The MidA RPB will offer opportunities for public comment on these topics.
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