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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Bird Walk at Franklin Point State Park

dottyWhat: Franklin Point State Park Bird Walk

When: Saturday, December 30

Time: 8 – 10 a.m.

Where: Franklin Point State Park, Dent Road Entrance

Where:        End of Dent Road, Shady Side, MD 20764

Admission:  free

Info:           443-758-7797

Nature photographer and writer to lead bird walk at Franklin Point State Park

Dotty Holcomb Doherty, writer and nature photographer whose articles on birding and farming have appeared in the Bay Weekly and What’s Up? Annapolis and Eastern Shore, will lead a bird walk with the West and Rhode Riverkeeper at Franklin Point State Park on Saturday, December 30, from 8 to 10 a.m.

The park trail runs about a mile and a half along the edge of a salt marsh, through meadows and pine forest, each area providing habitat for a variety of species, from song birds to geese and swans and even American Bald Eagles.

The program is free, but the group size is limited, so reservations are suggested. Reservations can be made by emailing Riverkeeper Jeff Holland at jeff@westrhoderiverkeeper.org or by calling 443-758-7797.

 The entrance to Franklin Point State Park is located at the end of Dent Road off of Shady Side Road. The park is open year-round from dawn to dusk.


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Music of the Bay and Beyond

whitby 200x200What:             Music of the Bay and Beyond

                       Janie Meneely & Rob van Sante in concert

                       with Riverkeeper Jeff Holland and friends

When:             Saturday, January 27, 2018

Time:              8 – 11 p.m.

Where:           Galesville Memorial Hall, 952 Main St., Galesville, MD 20765

Admission:     $20 / cash bar for beer and wine

Tickets:            https://co.clickandpledge.com/?wid=134638

Phone:            443-758-7797

Pre-concert dinner special at Pirate's Cove Restaurant: $20 prix fixe, ($5 donated to the Riverkeeper)

 

Music of the Bay and Beyond: Concert to benefit West & Rhode Rivers

 

Chesapeake songster Janie Meneely and guitar-playing balladeer Rob van Sante will join forces with West & Rhode Riverkeeper Jeff Holland and friends for an evening of music from the Bay and Beyond. The concert will benefit the West and Rhode Rivers and will take place at the Galesville Memorial Hall on Saturday, January 27, from 8 to 11 p.m.

 

Rob van Sante performs with Alan Reid of The Battlefield Band and John Connolly, who penned Fiddler’s Green. Rob adds his virtuoso guitar to the array of Janie’s “Bay-spun” originals, while Janie adds vocal harmonies to Rob’s traditional ballads.

 

Riverkeeper Jeff Holland, a founding member of Them Eastport Oyster Boys, will open the concert with original and traditional songs, accompanied by Rich Elmquist on guitar and Hugh Cassidy on cello. Jeff and Janie worked together in the 1990s in the Chesapeake folk trio Crab Alley. They’ll reprise some of their favorite songs from that era just for fun.

 

Janie has been writing and singing about Chesapeake people, places and history for going on 30 years now, chronicling the stories of Bay watermen or poking fun at sailors’ traditions. From the somber “Oyster Wife” about the infamous oyster wars to the turn-about tale of ladies on the loose in “Twiddles,” her songs inform as much as they entertain. And she isn’t the only one who sings them; a dozen of her songs have been recorded and performed by other artists at home and abroad.  

 

Dutch-born Rob is a guitarist of skill and subtlety. His mother was a child prodigy on piano, so it’s no surprise that music has played an important part in his life. He uses a variety of non-standard tunings as well as the odd bit of high tech gear like an EBow, which adds an ethereal luster to the guitar sound. During the 1970s, 80s and 90s he toured extensively throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, working with such stalwarts of the British folk and jazz scene as Danny Thompson, Jon Strong, Tom Napper, Tom McConville, Kate Rusby, John McCusker . . . the list goes on. More recently he toured with The Battlefield Band, the renowned Scottish group steeped in traditional music.

 

Proceeds will help the West & Rhode Riverkeeper keep the West and Rhode Rivers fishable, swimmable, crab-able and kayakable. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly suggested. Tickets are $20 and are available by clicking here.

 

Beer and wine will be served for a modest additional charge. The nearby Inn at Pirate’s Cove will offer pre-concert dinner specials.

 

For more information, call Jeff Holland at 443-758-7797 or write jeff@westrhoderiverkeeper.org.


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Report Card for 2016

cover west-rhode riverkeeper report card-2016Hopeful signs are everywhere around our rivers. Bacteria counts are lower, and water is clearer than it has been for years. An annual aerial survey last fall discovered a bed of grasses that would cover seven football fields in an area protected by one of our living shoreline projects.   The first such underwater grasses in the watershed since 1972!

The living shoreline reduces erosion, which increases water clarity, which allows sunlight to penetrate to the bottom, and grasses reappear. Nature wins. The river wins. The crabs and other critters win. We all win.

This year’s report card reflects that upward trend. Our dedicated corps of citizen-scientist volunteers goes out on the water every week from early May through late October, monitoring 28 sites to gather the data we analyze for these reports.

We’ve given the West and Rhode Rivers an overall “C” for 2016, up from a “D+” in 2014.  

DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT HERE.

This reflects more than a decade of work by the only citizen-based environmental organization whose one and only job is to preserve and protect these rivers and neighboring creeks. Remember, we receive no operational funding from any governmental source. We depend upon your donations to give us the funding we need to protect the rivers and the Bay. We can’t do all we do without your financial support. 

I hope you’ll support our work with a fully tax-deductible year-end donation by CLICKING HERE to make a secure gift on line. Your support will help us keep this great momentum moving forward.

Sincerely,

jeff

 

 

 

 

Jeff Holland

Riverkeeper & Executive Director


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Annual Meeting 2017

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Join the volunteers, staff and board as we celebrate our achievements

of this past year and get a preview of projects in the year ahead.

Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017
7 – 9 p.m.
Pirate’s Cove Restaurant

4817 Riverside Dr., Galesville, MD 20765

Waterman Pat Mahoney will shuck and serve “Patty’s Fatties” on the half shell, oysters
he raised on the Rhode River.

Shrimp Cocktail, Crab Balls, 
Fruit & Cheese Platter, Crab Dip & Toast Points, Cajun Chicken Pasta, 
Steamed Vegetables
 
Craft beer by Sweetwater Brewing 
Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay

Casual dress

Space is limited! Order your tickets now. Click here.


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Ride for the Rivers 2017

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Fourth annual Ride for the Rivers & Muddy Bottom BBQ

Metric Century Bicycle Ride / 40-Mile Ride / Family Fun Ride followed by a great BBQ to benefit the West & Rhode Riverkeeper.

Discover the beauty of the watersheds of the West and Rhode Rivers (as well as the Patuxent River and Herring Bay), on this challenging ride through the rolling countryside of Southern Anne Arundel County and Northern Calvert County.

Proceeds help the West & Rhode Riverkeeper keep these rivers swimmable, fishable, crab-able and kayak-able.

 

Date:               Saturday, September 23, 2017

Time:              Registration @ 7 a.m.

                        Start @ 8 a.m.

                        Ride: 8 a.m. – noon

                        Muddy Bottom BBQ: noon – 3 p.m.

Where:           Start/finish & BBQ at Discovery Village

                        4800 Atwell Road

                        Shady Side, MD 20764

Registration Fee:       $55 includes logo-emblazoned T-shirt, logo water bottle and “Muddy Bottom BBQ” celebration.

Just the BBQ: $25 per person / kids 12 & under FREE

The public is invited to join the cyclists at the “Muddy Bottom BBQ,” which runs from noon to 3 p.m., a riverfront celebration featuring live music, delicious BBQ, fried chicken and fish, great local Maryland beers, children's activities for the entire family and great people. Cost is free with each Ride for the Rivers registration, or $25 per person without registration. Children under are admitted 12 free. Tickets are now available at www.westrhoderiverkeeper.org.

Sponsored by M&T Bank

BBQ Catered and sponsored by Herrington on the Bay & Sweetwater Brewing Company

Rest stops hosted by Honey's Harvest Farm, Chesapeake Grill and Ciminelli's Eco-Oasis

Site hosts: Anne Arundel County Department or Recration & Parks, Discovery Village

Logistical support by Bike Doctor Annapolis

Click here to register.    

http://www.active.com/shady-side-md/cycling/races/ride-for-the-rivers-2017

Contact:          Jeff Holland, West/Rhode Riverkeeper

jeff@westrhoderiverkeeper.org 443-758-7797

            


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Jack Creek Park project phase I to start

jack creek parkOn or about August 1, 2017 the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works will start construction of the Jack Creek Park Stockpiling project (Phase I) by moving material from the Idlewilde Dredged Material Placement facility on Idlewilde Road to Jack Creek Park. This material, essentially dried mud and sand that has been dredged from nearby rivers and creeks, will be graded and planted with native trees and shrubs, enhancing the appearance and use of the park. 

This project will have the additional benefit of providing room at the Idlewilde site for more material from future dredging projects, which means we will be able to keep our local waterways navigable. 

The time for completion is 120 consecutive calendar days.  Hours of operation for construction activities are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

The contractor may also work outside these hours with prior approval of the County. The trucking operations will be adjusted as necessary to avoid conflicts with school bus routes during school opening and closing periods. 

Jack Creek Park will remain open to the public throughout the duration of the project. The Contractor will maintain access to the existing grass parking lot for park patrons, however, public vehicular access beyond this point will be restricted during the construction of this project. 

The construction of this project has been made possible by County Bonds and Department of Natural Resources Waterway Improvement grants. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or need additional information.

Masoud Ghatineh, P.E.
Project Manager
Anne Arundel County
Department of Public Works
Bureau of Engineering
410-222-7575
410-222-7589 (fax)

mghatineh@aacounty.org

 


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This is amazing! With your help, we DID achieve our $10,000 goal! 

That would be an incredible boost for our small organization to keep the momentum going, to protect and preserve the West and Rhode Rivers, to ensure fishable and swimmable rivers for generations to come.

 


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Full Moon Concert June 9, 2017

Second Act Band

West River Moonrise Concert, Friday, June 9

The West and Rhode Riverkeeper will sponsor a concert of local musical groups Hat Trix and the Second Act Band at Discovery Village in Shady Side on Friday, June 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. The musicians will perform on a stage with a backdrop of the full moon rising over the West River and the Chesapeake Bay. Bring your picnic basket and lawn chairs and enjoy some beer or wine provided by Riverkeeper volunteers for a modest fee. Admission of $10 per person helps the Riverkeeper protect and preserve the West and Rhode Rivers. Children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult. 

Hat Trix plays acoustic classic rock and original songs, with Dave Baldwin and Dave Sherr on guitar andHugh Cassidy on cello. 

Hugh also performs with the Second Act Band (pictured here), performing jazz and swing with Gabe Diginnaro on drums and Rich Elmquist on rhythm guitar backing Angie Hunter’s vocals.

Discovery Village is located at 4800 Atwell Road in Shady Side, MD 20764. There’s plenty of free parking. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Do not bring your own beverages. Beer, wine, soft drinks and water will be available for sale at a modest fee.

Click here to order tickets.


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Full Moon Concert June 9, 2017

Second Act Band

West River Moonrise Concert, Friday, June 9

The West and Rhode Riverkeeper will sponsor a concert of local musical groups Hat Trix and the Second Act Band at Discovery Village in Shady Side on Friday, June 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. The musicians will perform on a stage with a backdrop of the full moon rising over the West River and the Chesapeake Bay. Bring your picnic basket and lawn chairs and enjoy some beer or wine provided by Riverkeeper volunteers for a modest fee. Admission of $10 per person helps the Riverkeeper protect and preserve the West and Rhode Rivers. Children 12 and under are admitted free with an adult. 

Hat Trix plays acoustic classic rock and original songs, with Dave Baldwin and Dave Sherr on guitar andHugh Cassidy on cello. 

Hugh also performs with the Second Act Band (pictured here), performing jazz and swing with Gabe Diginnaro on drums and Rich Elmquist on rhythm guitar backing Angie Hunter’s vocals.

Discovery Village is located at 4800 Atwell Road in Shady Side, MD 20764. There’s plenty of free parking. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Do not bring your own beverages. Beer, wine, soft drinks and water will be available for sale at a modest fee.

Click here to order tickets.


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GreenGive

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Anne Arundel County Environmental Groups Launch GreenGive, a 24-hour Online Giving Day, Set for Monday-Tuesday, June 12-13

Eleven Anne Arundel County environmental nonprofits are collaborating on a new, 24-hour online fundraising initiative, called GreenGive, designed to both raise funds and expand residents’ and businesses’ engagement with local environmental organizations, issues, projects and actions. It’s the first time multiple environmental nonprofits have collaborated on such an event.

GreenGive is scheduled to start on Monday, June 12, at 5 pm and run through Tuesday, June 13, at 5 pm. A GreenGive Live Kick-off Party is scheduled for Monday, June 12, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Historic London Town & Gardens in Edgewater.

The GreenGive Partners are:

Annapolis Green www.annapolisgreen.com/

Back Creek Conservancy http://www.backcreekconservancy.org/

Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails http://www.friendsofaatrails.org/

Our Creeks and Conservancy email: jrcalhoun1124@gmail.com

St. Luke’s Restoration of Nature Project http://www.stlukeseastport.org/environmental-ministry

Spa Creek Conservancy http://spacreek.net/

Scenic Rivers Land Trust https://srlt.org/

Severn River Association http://severnriver.org/

South River Federation http://www.southriverfederation.net/

Watershed Stewards Academy http://aawsa.org/

West/Rhode Riverkeeper http://www.westrhoderiverkeeper.org/

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