Thursday 22 February 2018

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On April 22, we will celebrate the 46th annual Earth Day. Our Chesapeake Bay Waterkeepers will be celebrating with some special events and activities (details below) throughout the week and the month. We can tell you that your local Riverkeeper (or Shorekeeper or Coastkeeper) is busy monitoring water quality in the tributaries and rivers where you live, work and play. This year, on Earth Day, the United States, China and some 120 countries from around the globe will sign on to the Paris Agreement, a climate protection treaty developed at the Paris Climate Summit in 2015. Did you know that the 19 Waterkeepers from the Chesapeake Bay watershed are part of a global network from New York to California, Iraq to India? They are fighting for clean water, holding polluters accountable and advocating at all levels of government for policies that advance the goal of swimmable, drinkable, fishable water. Visit our website calendar to keep up to date with our Waterkeepers activities and events! Here’s what they are up to in your community (listed alphabetically by state): Pennsylvania Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper  Earth Day Festival: April 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Lewisburg. Join the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper at Riverfront Park to make gyoataku (fish prints) using smallmouth bass fish replicas. • Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper  Maryland/DC Anacostia Riverkeeper Earth Day Boat Tours of the Anacostia: Thursday, April 21 to Saturday April 23, starting at 10 a.m. Tour the Anacostia River by boat with Anacostia Riverkeeper Emily Franc. Full tour is 2…
WATERKEEPERS CHESAPEAKE MEDIA STATEMENT Susquehanna River Named #3 in Top Ten Most Impaired Rivers in America American Rivers Report says River Further Imperiled by North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2015 American Rivers recently included the Susquehanna River on the list of its Top 10 “At Risk” rivers in America. The number three ranking of the Susquehanna comes as no surprise to Waterkeepers Chesapeake and our Susquehanna Riverkeepers, who have been working on issues of water quality in this watershed for over a decade. The river suffers from multiple impairments over its 464 miles (from New York to Pennsylvania to Maryland). There is stormwater runoff with associated agricultural and urban pollution, unmanaged industrial contamination as well as nutrient and sediment impairments from the Conowingo hydroelectric dam that operates near the town of Conwingo, Maryland. Betsy Nicholas, Executive Director of Waterkeepers Chesapeake, said that Riverkeepers who monitor water quality throughout this watershed have been ringing the alarm bells for years. “There are a lot of problems with the Susquehanna, the source of half the freshwater that flows into the Chesapeake Bay. The health of this river is critically important to our region,” Nicholas said. “A bill currently working its way through Congress would compound this watershed’s problems by ceding control of Conowingo Dam to FERC [Federal Energy Regulatory Commission], a federal regulatory body that has shown little concern for protecting water quality, but key attentiveness to the interests of energy companies. Particularly in this case, states should get a say.”…
Victory! Today, the Interior Department announced as part of a new five-year drilling plan, virtually all of the Arctic and the southeast Atlantic coast of the U.S. will become off limits for offshore drilling. Secretary Jewel Tweeted: BREAKING → Next 5-year offshore proposed plan protects the Atlantic for future generations.SJ Thanks to the hard work of the Assateague Coastal Trust, Virginia Eastern Shorekeeper, Waterkeeper Alliance and our many partners like Oceana who organized over 100 local cities and towns up and down the East Coast to oppose offshore drilling. Matt Heim from Assateague Coastal Trust worked tirelessly to get several coastal towns in Maryland and Delaware to pass resolutions against offshore drilling. On Virginia’s eastern shore, Jay Ford worked to get Accomack and Northampton counties to send their concerns to the Administration, the only Virginia counties that did. Matt, Jay and several residents traveled to Washington D.C. and Richmond to let officials know offshore drilling would be detrimental to our economy, culture and clean water. Last August, over a hundred kayaktivists gathered off the shore of Ocean City at Float for the Coast to protest offshore drilling during the annual Maryland counties meeting. "The Eastern Shore spoke with a united voice in defense of clean waters and we have been heard," Virginia Eastern Shorekeeper Jay Ford.  “This is an incredible day for our coastal towns,” said Betsy Nicholas, Executive Director. “It represents the hard work of our Waterkeepers and thousands of people up and down the Atlantic coast. It protects some of…