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  ♦  PO Box 172, Shady Side, MD 20764

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AG Gansler releases 2009 Watershed Environmental Audit

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler today announced the release of his 2009 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Environmental Audit. Attorney General Gansler’s second annual report included audits of the St. Mary’s, West and Rhode, Miles, and Lower Susquehanna Rivers.

A copy the Attorney General’s 2009 Chesapeake Bay Watershed Environmental Audit can be found at http://www.oag.state.md.us/Reports/2009EnvironmentalAudit.pdf. (The West/Rhode Watershed is on pages 15 - 23).

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Chesapeake Bay crabs are making a big comeback

By David A. Fahrenthold, Washington Post
Thursday, April 15, 2010; A01
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West/Rhode waterways earn failing grades

Riverkeeper: 'It is time to make tough decisions'

By E.B. FURGURSON III, Annapolis Capital
Published 04/12/10
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Our Bay: Why bay grades matter

Our Bay: Why bay grades matter
Annapolis Capital

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West/Rhode Riverkeeper to Release Report Card

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, April 7, 2010

Contact: Chris Trumbauer, 410-279-7577 (cell)


Rates six indicators of the health of the West and Rhode Rivers

Anne Arundel County, Md. – The West/Rhode Riverkeeper announces the release of their West and Rhode Rivers Report Card, set for Saturday, April 10 at 10:00 am.

The Report Card utilizes data collected in 2009 from various sources, including West/Rhode Riverkeeper monitoring data, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works. The effort was done in collaboration with the University of Maryland's Mid-Atlantic Tributary Report Card workgroup. "Our West and Rhode Rivers Report Card is a summary of the current health of the rivers. We worked hard to make sure it is both scientifically credible and easy to understand," said Chris Trumbauer, the West/Rhode Riverkeeper.

The specific grades will be released at the event, but again this year they are generally poor. Much more aggressive actions are needed to improve the health of the West and Rhode Rivers, as well as the Chesapeake Bay as a whole. "If we are serious about improving our grades, it is time to make tough decisions." says Trumbauer.

The release will be held in Galesville, MD at the county park at the end of Galesville Road. This park is significant because it is the site of a recently completed living shoreline project and is the proposed location for a bio-retention/rain garden project to treat stormwater runoff. More restoration actions will be required to improve the water quality of the West and Rhode Rivers.

Limited parking (12 spaces) is available at the park. Overflow parking is available at Pirates Cove restaurant, adjacent to the park (please park near the back of the lot, away from the restaurant).

For more information about the West/Rode Riverkeeper, visit www.westrhoderiverkeeper.org.

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West/Rhode Riverkeeper works to protect families and communities by stopping pollution. We strive for healthy and safe rivers and streams. We work together with communities to enforce environmental law, promote restoration, and advocate for better environmental policy.

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The Chesapeake Bay at a Crossroads

After years of broken promises, missed goals and unenforceable rules, some see hope
By PAMELA WOOD, Annapolis Capital
Published 03/21/10
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Our Say: Boat waste pollution issue worth debate

Annapolis Capital
Published 03/17/10

State Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler is right when he says sewage discharge from boats accounts for just a tiny part of the nutrient pollution that feeds algae and sucks oxygen out of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Our Bay: Attacking another source of pollution

Boat toilet waste targeted in legislature
By PAMELA WOOD, Staff Writer
Published 03/13/10 in the Annapolis Capital

When it comes to cleaning up pollution that fouls the Chesapeake Bay, there's one straightforward target that's been largely overlooked: sewage from boats.


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Storm water: Pay now and pay later

The longer we wait to deal with water pollution, the higher the cost

March 12, 2010         By Karen Hosler

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MD Watermen Collect Nearly 1,500 'ghost' Crab Pots

ANNAPOLIS, MD. — Maryland natural resources officials say watermen have pulled nearly 1,500 ghost crab pots from three rivers that feed the Chesapeake Bay.


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