Thursday 25 May 2017

This year marks the sixth year for the Waterkeeper Alliance and Toyota partnership for SPLASH, a series of events that take place on waterways across the United States to support local Waterkeeper organizations. The events engage community members, outdoor enthusiasts, and people new to the water to participate in recreational activities on the water -- swimming, paddling, kayaking, fishing and more. 

This year, a record 13 events will take place from Los Angeles to Miami to Michigan. Four of the 13 events will take place in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. For more information on SPLASH, check out this Waterkeepers Alliance video

Here are the local events - mark your calendars!

  • Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah!
    June 8 – 19, 2016 | To benefit Potomac Riverkeeper Network

    Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah! is our second annual ten-day community outreach event that provides novice to advanced paddlers opportunities to spend a few days or just a few hours on the river, a rare opportunity to enjoy three National “water trails” that wind through a spellbinding corridor linked by land, water and history. Paddle Potomac! Paddle Shenandoah! is partnering with the National Park Service celebrating our Nation’s River, the 100-year anniversary of the National Parks System and promote the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers and their connection to our National Park System in positive ways that promote their economic value to our region.

    We are teaming up with local outfitters to provide boats, equipment and shuttle service for daily and overnight paddle trips over the course of 10 consecutive days, starting June 8th during National Fishing and Boating Week, ending on June 19th at the Georgetown Waterfront, in Washington, DC. For more information, visit: http://www.potomacriverkeepernetwork.org/paddle-potomac-2016/.

  • James River Rundown
    June 11, 2016 | To benefit James River Association 

    Pick your distance and let’s go! The James River Rundown is a series of 140-mile, 100-mile, and 20-mile canoe, kayak, and standup paddleboard races running through the heart of Virginia on the historic James River. The James River Rundown is one of the longest races of its kind in the United States. Competitors will fight through wind, natural obstacles and fatigue to claim victory. All three races finish at an after party at American Legion Post 354 featuring food, beverage, and live music. All proceeds from the event benefit the James River Association. For more information, visit: http://www.jamesriverrundown.org/.

  • Mayfly Festival
    June 25, 2016 |To benefit Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper

    Celebrate the Susquehanna at the Susquehanna Mayfly Festival, 10 am to 3 pm on June 25.  The return of the mayflies represents our renewed commitment to having fishable, swimmable and drinkable water for all residents and visitors to our incredible river and surrounding lands.  Enjoy the many displays by talented artists and makers, paddling and games for kids, locally-sourced food, and locally-sourced music!  Come early and join in the 6th Annual Susquehanna Biathlon, a running and paddling event that let’s you experience why we love our river so much.  Proceeds go to protecting and improving the ecological health, historical sites, and aesthetics of the Susquehanna Valley. For more information, visit susquehannamayflyfestival.com.

  • Sunrise. Sunset. Susquehanna.
    July 2, 2016 | To benefit Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper

    Show your love for the Susquehanna River on Saturday, July 2, by joining Middle Susquehanna RIVERKEEPER® for its inaugural Sunrise. Sunset. Susquehanna. paddle-a-thon! Celebrate Pennsylvania’s 2016 River of the Year – the North Branch of the Susquehanna River – by splashing into its meandering blue waters and embarking on a full-day paddling adventure. From Sunrise at Berwick to Sunset at Danville, navigate 22 miles of this natural treasure and experience first hand what Middle Susquehanna RIVERKEEPER® works to protect, improve, and preserve. A special treat awaits those who make it to the very end! Reserve your spot today and make a SPLASH.

On Tuesday morning, Dominion Power representatives opened the doors of Bremo Power Station to show off the new water treatment facility to members of the media. If the facility passes inspections Tuesday night, it will start pumping treated coal ash pond water into the James River on Wednesday morning.

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..."In North Carolina, they were able to get it as small as 13 parts of arsenic per water unit," said Pat Calvert, the Upper James River Keeper. "Here in Virginia, they are calling for about 500 units of arsenic."

Read more CBS 19 WAHU , April 27, 2016

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.I2I paddle

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

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 hours, partial tour is 1 hour. Join an existing tour a schedule your group of up to 13 people. 
  • Assateague Coastkeeper 
    • Sonic Sea Film Screening on April 25 at 7 p.m. in Lewes. The oceans are not a silent world, but a dynamic symphony of sounds. Marine mammals depend on a delicate acoustic balance to hunt for food, find mates and detect predators. The film, narrated by Rachel McAdams, features interviews with marine experts and wildlife activists (like Sting!) who offer solutions.  
  • Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper
    • STATE OF THE HARBOR Report Card release on May 9 at 10 a.m. at Columbus Park in Baltimore. Join Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper David Flores, Del. Brook Lierman, Councilman James Craft and Baltimore City Department of Public Works director James Craft for a report on how the waters in the Baltimore Harbor are faring. Stay for a tour of the historic Eastern Avenue Pumping Station.
  • Chester Riverkeeper
    • STATE OF THE RIVER Report Card Release: April 21, 5 p.m. at Washington College, Chestertown. Is the Chester River healthy? Getting better or worse? Chester Riverkeeper Isabel Junkin Hardesty and Watershed Manager Tim Trumbauer will give a presentation. Enjoy oysters and cocktails while learning about the health of the river
  • Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (Choptank Riverkeeper and Miles/Wye Riverkeeper)
    • Earth Day Film Screening “Beautiful Swimmers Revisited:”April 20 at 6 p.m in Easton. This documentary film celebrates the 40th anniversary of William Warner’s Pulitzer Prize winning book “Beautiful Swimmers,” which introduced readers to the blue crab. This book is considered by many to be the consummate work featuring the Chesapeake Bay. The film crew traveled from Baltimore Harbor to Virginia’s Tidewater to retrace the life cycle and story of the crab. 
    • STATE OF THE RIVERS Report Card Release Party, April 29, 5 p.m. at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels. Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (Miles/Wye Riverkeeper and Choptank Riverkeeper) will release the extensive water quality data collected from last year. The results are assessed by Midshore Riverkeeper scientists from water quality samples taken by volunteer monitors on the Choptank River, Miles River, Wye River, Tred Avon River, Tuckahoe River, Harris Creek, Broad Creek, Island Creek, La Trappe Creek, and Eastern.
  • Sassafras Riverkeeper
    • STATE OF THE RIVER Report Card release on May 19, date and location TBD. Check their website for further details.
  • West/Rhode Riverkeeper 
    • Pigs & Pearls BBQ fundraiser on April 30 at 2 p.m. in Galesville. Enjoy resh shucked oysters from the West and Rhode Rivers, live music by Eastport Oyster boys and fun stuff for kids (pirate face painting and Bay educational activities).

Virginia

  • James River Association (Upper James Riverkeeper, Lower James Riverkeeper)
    • Earth Day Volunteer Training: April 21, at 4 p.m., Riveredge park, Madison Heights. Make a commitment to improved water quality by training to become a volunteer water quality monitor on the James River.  
  • Potomac Riverkeeper Network (Upper Potomac Riverkeeper, Potomac Riverkeeper, Shenandoah Riverkeeper)
    • Mason Neck Eagle Festival: Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mason Neck Eagle Festival. Enjoy a day of celebration and learn about nature! 
    • National Park Service Centennial: Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. Join the Potomac Riverkeeper in celebrating the National Park Service 100 year anniversary. 
    • Potomac Riverkeeper Network 2016 GALA: Join us Friday, May 13 from 6:30 pm-9:30 pm aboard the iconic paddlewheel boat, the Cherry Blossom, in Alexandria, VA to celebrate our success over food from Clyde's, drinks, and a scenic cruise of the Potomac River!