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Solutions - Maryland Coastal Bays Program Newsletter



Dredging in Our Coastal Bays 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District newest shallow-draft dredge vessel, Murden, has finished working in the inlet to deepen shoal areas that have been giving fishing vessels problems. The Navigation and Dredging Committee is working on long-term solutions to the shoaling problems in the inlet and commercial harbor.  Commissioned in spring 2013 in Wilmington NC, the Murden is a split-hopper dredge that is named after William (Bill) R. Murden (1922-1997) whose technical expertise established the United States as a global leader in dredging and harbor engineering.  The Murden is expected to return in late March for additional work in the area.
Bishopville Dam  Update


The fish in the picture is a 14-in largemouth bass caught below the Bishopville Dam. The water below the dam gets too salty for this fish to live very long in that water. It needs to go back over the dam into freshwater, but cannot, so it will die. Click here to continue

Skimmer Island Replenishment 

MCBP staff scientist inspects beach grass following one season of growth following sand replenishment on Skimmer Island.  The 2013 Skimmer Island Monitoring Report is now available in the Publications section of the MCBP website. The fourth year of sand replenishment of the island is expected to start in a few weeks.

Eagle Scout Project 

Ryan Sauer, of Boy Scout Troop225 - OC MD, has raised over $1800.00 and built two greenhouses for MCBP's restoration ponds while pursuing the rank of Eagle Scout. MCBP maintains three artificial ponds at Assateague State Park for the purpose of growing plants for use in restoration projects. Click here to read more

Thanks to Our Volunteer Interns



Coastal Bays has been fortunate to recruit the help of three hard working young people as unpaid, volunteer interns. In light of recent cuts in funding for National Estuary Programs like MCBP, it is harder to pay interns for their valuable efforts.  Fortunately for us, two Salisbury University Students and an alumna are willing to be paid in experiences that allow them to put into action what they have learned in school.  Nicole Lehmer and  Jeffrey Lambert are finishing up their respective degrees in Environmental Studies and Political Science. Amanda Poskaitis is a recent graduate of the Biology and Environmental Science Dual Degree program.Each of these young people is helping our program protect our watershed while they develop their professional skills and resumes. Thanks again to these three, and to all of our great volunteers. If you want to get involved, contact us please at!

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February 2014   

Burley Oak Brewery Fundraiser 

Please join us Monday, March 10th at Berlin's Burley Oak Brewing Company, beginning a 6 pm for our first fundraiser of the year. 


Burley Oak is donating 10% of their bar sales to the MCBP. 19th Hole Restaurant bartenders Matt and Burt will be guest bar tending donating their tips to MCBP as well. 


Live music will be provided (and donated) by a new group rock and roll group of old gents called Days Gone By.


There will be silent action items and a 50/50 raffle. For driving directions click here

CCMP Questionnaire
The Coastal Bays Program is currently in the midst of updating the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) that will guide our work in the Coastal Bays for the next 15 years.  This is a consensus-based plan around which our partners - including local municipalities; local, state and federal agencies; community organizations and interested citizens refer to in our joint efforts to protect and restore the health of the Coastal Bays. Add your voice to this process through this questionnaire, and be sure to provide comments so we better understand your priorities:
Click here to fill out our questionnaire
Volunteer Opportunities and Fundraisers

  Poker Run


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


Daylight savings is right around the corner and spring temperatures should follow shortly.

We're gearing up for property maintenance, which means we will need folks to help weed invasive plants, clear brush and assist with other various outside activities. If you are interested in receiving updates on such property projects, please let Bill know by emailing him at 
Worcester and Wicomico county high school students will be conducting a clean up on Saturday, March 8, beginning at 9:15 am. They will be meeting at the Ocean City Inlet for their assignments and welcome any other volunteers interested in helping them clean up our beaches and bayside streets.
Our partners the Marine Mammal Stranding Program plan on conducting another seal steward training. A date has not been established but should you be interested in attending, please Contact Sandi at or call 410-213-229 ext 107.
Earth Day Clean Up has been moved to Saturday, April 5th to combine the clean up with a city planting project. Registration for this event will be held at Northside Park on 125th, 10 am. 
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