Monday 15 October 2018

Waterkeepers in the News (173)

Get Out on the Water with Our Waterkeepers!

Every year Waterkeeper Alliance sponsors the SPLASH series of events to celebrate the importance of clean water by providing opportunities to get out on local waterways to swim, paddle, fish, and make a SPLASH! The SPLASH events, sponsored nationally by Toyota, are hosted by local Waterkeeper organizations to engage community members and outdoor enthusiasts in events comprised of water-based recreational activities like swimming, paddling, kayaking, fishing, and much more. There are twenty events for the 2018 SPLASH season, four of which are hosted by our Waterkeepers in the Chesapeake Bay region: June 17, 2018 — South by West Rhode Fest with South Riverkeeper and West & Rhode Riverkeeper Join the South Riverkeeper and the West-Rhode Riverkeeper for a day of swimming, paddling, and celebrating the River! This brand new free event will be held on the South River at Mayo Beach Park, Edgewater, MD. Free admission includes use of kayaks and stand up paddleboards, music, and free beer! Guava Jelly and Swampcandy will be playing! There will be food trucks with lunch available for purchase. What a fantastic Father's Day Treat! June 22-23, 2018 — Sunrise. Sunset. Susquehanna Paddle and Play Event with Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Join the Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper on a 12 mile guided paddle for all ages on the Lower Loyalsock Creek to West Branch Susquehanna River. Kayak rentals available. The day includes catered breakfast by Pier 87, picnic lunch, and catered dinner at Kremser's Landing by ACME BBQ with live music by Susquehanna Jamcrackers. July 27, 2018 — Monuments Paddle on the Potomac with Potomac…

Waterkeepers Chesapeake Fall 2017 ENews

Volunteer with Your Waterkeeper! It's September which means it's time for river and coastal cleanups with our Waterkeepers! Several of them are participating in the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup. Volunteer for one of these cleanups and follow along at #CoastalCleanup and #WKCCleanups! Saturday, Sept. 9th, 2:30pm - 4:00pm: Clean up at Urieville Lake with Chester Riverkeeper and Sassafras Riverkeeper Saturday, Sept. 16th, 9am - 5pm, Codorus Creek Cleanup with Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper Saturday, Sept. 16th, 9am - 12pm, Anacostia River Cleanup with Anacostia Riverkeeper Saturday, Sept. 23rd, 9am - 4pm, Codorus Creek Cleanup with Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper Saturday, Sept. 23rd, 10am - 12pm, Trash Cleanup at Herring Run Park with Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper Saturday, Sept. 30th, 9am - 12pm, Assateague Coastal Cleanup with Assateague Coastkeeper Saturday, Sept. 30th, 9am - 12pm, Tire-less James Cleanup with Upper James Riverkeeper Saturday, Sept. 30th, 9am - 12pm, Choptank River Cleanup with Choptank Riverkeeper. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Clean Water Rule Under Attack The Administration has directed the EPA to take sweeping measures to undo clean water protections under the Clean Water Rule intended to safeguard the health of our rivers, streams and wetlands.  We oppose this heartless scheme to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule and to gut the protections that have prevented reckless pollution of the nation’s waterways for decades. The repeal will mean more pollution to the lakes and streams we rely on for drinking water supply or for fishing and swimming, and a green light for the rampant destruction of wetlands that prevent dangerous flooding. We urge the Administration to…
What an amazing weekend in DC! Thanks to the weeks of preparation by local Riverkeepers, artists and spiritual women, the Waterkeeper movement had one of the best presentations at the People’s Climate March. In the weeks before the March, Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks, Anacostia Riverkeeper Emily Franc, Patuxent Riverkeeper Fred Tutman and Waterkeepers Chesapeake joined Spring of Light and EcoHermanas at sacred water ceremonies on 3 Saturdays in April. The public was invited to participate in cooperative art-making led by visual artist Caryl Henry Alexander. Blue totems were created to represent the stories of our local rivers and the spirit of the water at the People’s Climate March. On the eve of the march, the 30 totems were brought to the culminating Honoring Our Sacred Waters ceremony and festival on the banks of the Anacostia at Poplar Point. Waterkeepers from across the region and nation brought water that was joined together for a moving and inspirational blessing of the waters ceremony. The water collected represented waters from as far away as the Cook Inlet in Alaska and the Puget Sound. Rabiah Al Nur of Spring of Light and Linda Velarde, a curandera from New Mexico, traveled on Anacostia Riverkeeper’s boat across the river gathering water along the way. Penny Gamble-Williams opened the circle with a Wampanoag wind blessing. Coracão Dance Collective, a local African dance group, performed a dance in honor of water. Then Linda joined her husband Guillermo in an Aztec dance and Rabiah led a circle dance. The evening closed with an amazing light display from the Detroit…

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