Restore Rock Creek’s Community Meeting earlier this week drew in excess of 55 attendees!! The venue at the Maryland Yacht Club was excellent as were the presenters and audience participation. Updates were provided on our Monitoring Program, Oyster Gardening Program, Stream Clean Up Efforts and Restoration Plans for the watershed. The presentation is available at this link.
The Restore Rock Creek organization introduced its Board of Directors and announced there are two open positions. Specifically, RRC needs a Recording Director and a Finance Director. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us at email@example.com.
We love the name of our creek! It makes naming our activities, and the activities themselves, just that much more fun!!
Our Monitoring Rocks program is led by Heather McGee, an environmental scientist and is beginning its 3rd year of operation. Our initial report highlights the bacteria reporting, water clarity and dissolved oxygen we found throughout the creek during our 2014 testing. In 2015 we will be monitoring bacteria on a weekly basis through AA County Community College Operation Clearwater and publishing our results via Facebook and our website. We need boats and assistants to help with the monitoring for 2015 which begins in May.
Our Oysters Rock program is part of the DNR’s Marylanders Grow Oysters Program. This year’s activities begin with Oyster Return Day scheduled for June 13th from 10am -2pm at the Maryland Yacht Club. We expect roughly 50 bushles of oysters to be planted this spring near Fort Carroll. This was a hard winter on our oysters. We expect to see mixed results because of the blow out tides we experienced this winter. Those of you whose oyster cages came out of the water over winter will likely find very high mortality. Oysters can survive freezing water conditions, but not being exposed to frigid (<30 degree) air for long periods. The oyster sanctuary at Ft. Carroll is growing and doing quite well as continue to build an ecosystem that supports oysters, fish and other aquatic life. If you are not currently a part of the program and would like to participate please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clean Streams Rock!
Our Clean Streams Rock program over the past 12 months have removed of 10,000 lbs of trash, illegal dumping and plastic debris from our streams. We are trying to organize fall and spring clean up activities. To keep up this good work we need a coordinator to organize our Fall Clean Up. If you would like to volunteer to lead the fall clean-up, please contact us at email@example.com.
Finally, we hope to run a few other programs this year. Specifically, we are looking into the possibility that we will plant aquatic grasses at Rock Creek headwaters near Pekin Road on a large sand bar that has formed there. We will send out more on this activity in a letter communication.
Thank you for your interest in Restore Rock Creek activities!!