Covering the months of May/June
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Creekwatcher Currents: May/June 2016

And here I am catching up again! Welcome to the next Creekwatcher Currents, covering the May/June months. Below, you'll find information about RSPVing for our two Creekwatcher enrichment activities coming up and some reminders.

Right now, I'm working on data analysis and will segue into report card development after that. At this time, I've completed chlorophyll a and total nitrogen analysis and am working on total phosphorus. TN, always a concern in our watershed, was worse last year than in 2014, and there are a number of sites that scored a 0 out of 100 in that parameter. DE Headwaters, Upper Nanticoke, Broad Creek, and Marshyhope Creek subwatersheds all scored Fs. The Lower Nanticoke scored a D, and Fishing Bay and the Lower Creeks scored D+s.

Once I complete analysis, you will be the first to know about the results and will get a sneak peek at the report card once it's ready. We will be launching the report card at our Wade In event (location/date TBD), which we've traditionally held in July.

As always, if you need anything, please contact me. Happy Creekwatching!

Beth Wasden
Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

RSVP for Creekwatcher Activities

I've created a Google Form to collect RSVPs for our June and September activities--the Reclaim Our River EcoPaddle and the Poplar Island Tour. Please complete the form as soon as possible (even if you cannot attend either event). The Poplar Island Tour is limited to 22 people, but there's no maximum on the EcoPaddle.

Having one RSVP form to track will make it easier for me to manage activities, but if you have any problems iwth the form, please feel free to call or email me to RSVP.

One of the most iconic and scenic rivers in the Chesapeake, the Nanticoke River Water Trail spans a 26-mile segment of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail through Delaware and Maryland. In 1608, Captain John Smith explored the river, and named it the Nanticoke after the Native Americans who lived along its banks. Today, the 725,000-acre watershed supports a diverse range of wildlife and more rare plants than any other landscape in the Chesapeake.

Come learn about wildlife, water quality, and the river's history. After the paddle, join us for a barbeque and see exhibits from the Reclaim Our River partnership.

Poplar Island Tour

Poplar Island, located in Talbot County in the mid--Chesapeake Bay, has become a national model of environmental restoration. It is the site where an innovative solution for dredged material management is resulting in the restoration of a once vanishing island.

Poplar Island is one of what was once many isolated islands within the Chesapeake Bay region. Through various natural processes, these islands are being lost. The habitat offered by these remote islands has historically offered safe, relatively predator free habitat to many of the Bay’s diverse wildlife and bird species, as well as a safe harbor for the Bay’s fish and shellfish resources. Poplar Island was reduced in size from approximately 1,100 acres, as recorded in 1847, to just 5 acres in 1993. The loss of the island and its critical wildlife habitat has been reversed using clean dredged material from the Port of Baltimore’s approach channels. The process involves placing, shaping, and planting some 40 million cubic yards of dredged material within a dike constructed to approximate the 1847 footprint. The first two phases of dike construction were completed by 2002, and dredged material placement began in 2001. In 2014, the project was authorized for a 575 acre expansion which is scheduled to begin as early as 2016 and will increase the total project size to 1,715 acres, allowing for a project placement total of 68 million cubic yards of material.

Tours and educational programs at Poplar Island focus on details related to the beneficial use of dredged material to create remote island habitat. Tours cover erosion, the process of habitat restoration, water quality monitoring, and species diversity. Participants will also learn about cultural history on the Chesapeake from the 1600s through today, including how in the past the Poplar Island chain hosted first a thriving Bay community and later a retreat for politicians, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Out of Office During Sampling Period 7

I'll be out of the office during Sampling Period 7. Amy will collect all samples and deliver to Envirocorp. If you're running late to any drop-off site that day, please contact her at 410-443-8878. (Keep in mind if you drop-off anywhere but Vienna, you'll have a built-in buffer.)

June 5-6: Sampling Period 6 | No chlorophyll a | BST begins

June 11: Your Water, Your Watershed Homeowners' Workshop in East New Market

June 18: Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens Homeowners' Workshop in Laurel (FULL)**

June 19-20: Sampling Period 7 | No chlorophyll a
Blanks/dupes: QUCR1

June 25 (Rain Date: June 26): EcoPaddle on Broad Creek**

**Reclaim Our River series events
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