West and Rhode Riverkeeper

We work with our community to enforce environmental law, to
promote restoration, and to advocate for better environmental policy.
Contact us: 443-758-7797  ♦  jeff@westrhoderiverkeeper.org


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West and Rhode Riverkeeper Blog

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Jun 22
2018

Smithsonian Solstice Saturday

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Jun 15
2018

Take Dad to the beach for Father's Day!

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Jun 08
2018

GreenGive launches June 12

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What: GreenGive 24-hour online fundraising initiative kickoff party

Where: St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1101 Bay Ridge Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403

When: Tuesday, June 12

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Anne Arundel County Environmental Groups Launch GreenGive Fundraiser with Kickoff Party

Staff and volunteers from twelve Anne Arundel County water-focused environmental groups will gather at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Eastport on Tuesday, June 12, from 5:30 to 7:30, where they’ll celebrate the launch of the second annual GreenGive 24-hour online fundraiser. The groups are collaborating to help one another raise funds and expand residents’ and businesses’ engagement with local environmental organizations, issues, projects and actions.

 

Apr 09
2018

Pigs & Pearls 2018

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Apr 02
2018

Coastal Resiliency Program to benefit residents of Shady Side peninsula

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Coastal Resiliency Program to benefit residents of Shady Side peninsula

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will partner with the West & Rhode Riverkeeper to design a climate-resilient living shoreline at Franklin Point State Park. The proposed 2,500 linear foot project will stabilize the existing peninsula to increase resiliency of the park and the nearby communities of Columbia Beach, Franklin Manor, Churchton and Shady Side. Additionally, the department is working to align dredging operations to pilot the beneficial use of dredged material at the location.

The Board of Public Works last week unanimously approved dedicated funding the project as part of a Coastal Resiliency Grant Program to help communities enhance their resiliency to the effects of climate change, extreme storms and weather. This project is one of six shoreline improvement demonstration projects that DNR is planning statewide, each of which will implement on-the-ground natural and nature-based restoration strategies, including living shorelines, marsh enhancements and stormwater management systems in vulnerable areas throughout Maryland.

“This first-of-its-kind program utilizes natural and nature-based solutions to address climate-related events and impacts, such as erosion, flooding and storm surge,” Maryland Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton said. “We continue to work with our local partners, utilizing the latest technologies, to find effective and innovative ways to protect Maryland’s coastal communities, infrastructure and public resources.”

The Riverkeeper will work with DNR staff and coastal engineers to complete designs and will partner with local communities to ensure an open and transparent process.

Funds for this new pilot program were designated in Governor Larry Hogan’s budget for Fiscal Year 2018, which set aside dedicated funds for the design of shoreline restoration projects.

Mar 26
2018

Spring Pledge Drive 2018

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It’s spring! And as the ospreys are wending their way back to rebuild their nests, we have exciting news to report on our progress in preserving and protecting our waterways, thanks to support from folks like you.

We’ve recently won our four-year battle to save Deep Cove Creek in Churchton from illegal development. Teaming up with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, SACReD, and our Franklin Manor neighbors, we ran up nearly half a million in pro-bono legal fees not only to preserve 27 acres, but also to protect the Critical Areas laws from a precedent that would have given developers free rein on all the rest of the Chesapeake Bay’s shoreline.

At Franklin Point State Park, our volunteers have blazed new trails to better explore this 477-acre tract of forest, marsh and meadow as part of our efforts to expand public access to our waterways.

We’ve just moved our office to a new location on the campus of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC), a step that will prove to be transformational for this organization. We’re already teaming up with SERC scientists in a program to create new demonstration oyster beds on the Rhode River. Our goal is to exponentially expand our oyster-growers program as well as our community outreach and education efforts.

We’re about to launch our pumpout boat, which served nearly a thousand boats last year and safely disposed of a record 16,000 gallons of raw sewage. A new benefit makes the pumpouts even easier: If you’re a $100 level supporter, you can make an appointment by texting our smart phone, and our pumpout boat operator will meet you at your dock for a free pumpout, all season long.

This is your chance to show your appreciation for all of our hard work to make our rivers fishable, swimmable, crab-able and paddle-able. We are almost entirely funded by donations from people like you who love our rivers. We do not receive county or state funding. Please click here to make a secure donation online.

Thank you for your support!

Your Riverkeeper,

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 Jeff Holland

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Feb 25
2018

Contractor Workshop

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Feb 12
2018

Commission nixes controversial Critical Area project in south county

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Commission nixes controversial Critical Area project in south county

Published in the Annapolis Capital, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018

By E.B. Furgurson III

Maryland’s Critical Area Commission has effectively halted a controversial south county waterfront development and ordered Anne Arundel County to correct problems in its program to enforce Critical Area development rules.

The commission voted Wednesday to make the county correct deficiencies in its planning and zoning procedures that allowed the preliminary approval of the previously denied project along Deep Cove Creek in Churchton.

In a letter to the county, the commission also said any approvals granted under the part of the program deemed to be deficient are “null and void.” That seems to include the 2016 conditional approval for the Turtle Run at Deep Cove project.

The project seeks to transfer the building capacity from several parcels around Deep Cove Creek to allow 11 homes on one lot, not connected to the others, in the most protected land of the Critical Area — the Resource Conservation Area, or RCA.

The RCA rules were written in the 1980s to curtail damage to land 1,000 feet from the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, and say only one house per 20 acres is allowable in the RCA. The lot in question is 40 acres.

Earlier project denials by the county first cited the 1-per-20 rule; then in 2012, it said the plan to transfer development rights was not allowed in the county’s code.

Then in 2016 the county reversed itself.

It approved Turtle Run’s sketch plan after finding an obscure definition of development “site” in the state’s law governing stormwater regulation. That definition allows a group of parcels under the same ownership to transfer density to another parcel.

That approval was immediately appealed by the West/Rhode Riverkeeper, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, South Arundel Citizens for Responsible Development and several individuals. The case is still being heard after 24 Board of Appeals hearings on the matter. Four more hearings are scheduled next month and potentially more into July

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Jan 25
2018

In Memory of Nicholas Schlegel, Jr.

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Nick SchlegelNicholas George Schlegel, Jr. passed away suddenly at his West River home on January 7th 2018. He was 72 years old. Nick was born in Washington, DC on May 30th, 1945 to Nicholas George Sr. and Elsie (Hartge) Schlegel of Chalk Point. He was a graduate of Southern High School, Class of 1963. Nicholas studied engineering at University of Virginia before joining the family business, Hartge Yacht Yard, from 1965 until his passing. Nicholas married his wife, Nancy (Stewart), on May 30th 1981. Together they raised three sons; Nicholas III (Skipper), Erik, and Max. He is also survived by his sister, Elsie Whitman, brother, Emile (Alex), daughter-in-law Michelle, and two grandchildren, Ryan and Nicole. Nick's life revolved around the water. Growing up on West River, his childhood was spent sailing and racing on the bay with siblings, cousins, and friends. Nicholas would go on to compete in the Newport Bermuda races; racing day and night the length of the Atlantic coast. He would later race Chesapeake 20s at regattas on both sides of the bay with his wife and sons as crew. Later in life, Nick would regularly compete in the Wednesday night races with his sister on M'Luv, the Tartan 27 that once belonged to their parents. Nicholas will have a family service at Christ Church of West River (220 Owensville Rd West River, MD 20778) on January 27th at 2pm. A public Memorial/celebration of life will be held on April 7th at the West River Sailing Club in Galesville at 4:30pm. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the West/Rhode Riverkeeper, PO Box 172, Shady Side, MD 20764, or call Riverkeeper Jeff Holland at 443-758-7797 to make a donation by credit card. Thank you to all who have helped and supported the Schlegel family through this difficult time.

Jan 25
2018

In Memory of Claudia McQueeney

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mcqueeneyClaudia Elizabeth Skinner McQueeney, 74, of Shady Side, Maryland, passed away in her sleep on December 29, 2017. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, James, of 51 years. She is survived by two sons, Ryan and his wife Jen of Edgewater, MD, and their children, Madison, Molly, and Masey; and Chris and his wife Sara of Edgewater, MD, and their child, Ryley; her sister, Sylvia Davis of Oreland, PA; her brother Hank Skinner and his wife Carol of Alexandria, VA; her sister Linda Barber and her husband Bob of Churchton, MD; and many other relatives and friends. Claudia enjoyed a long career in the marine industry including working at Shipwright Harbor Marina and Galesville Harbor Yacht Yard where she developed enduring friendships with her beloved boatyard customers as well as industry partners. Claudia was called "Oma" by her grandchildren, who were the light of her life. She loved being with family and friends, going out to eat, and traveling. Family and friends are invited to a celebration of life on Saturday January 13th from 2-5pm at Pirates Cove Restaurant in Galesville, MD. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the WestRhode Riverkeeper, Inc. PO Box 172 Shady Side, MD 20764 or call Riverkeeper Jeff Holland at 443-758-7797 to make a contribution by credit card. 

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The latest bacteria test results.

Bacteria will be sampled at 14 sites, including community swimming beaches, weekly from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

To see how our rivers did throughout the 2016 summer season, go here.

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