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It’s time to take a stand on the state of our bows

  • By David Bancroft on March 01, 2006

Brown bow.

Have you ever heard of the Chesapeake Bay brown bow? I did at a recent speaking engagement.

I had the pleasure of speaking before the Board of Governors of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club Association last December and again in February before the association’s delegates meeting in February 2006.

Commodore Jerry Donofrio, Vice Commodore Don Burton and Rear Commodore Coles Marsh were kind enough to extend the offer.

The association represents 135 major yacht clubs in the Chesapeake Bay region and no one is more supportive of a clean and vital Bay than the recreational boating community.

After the December meeting, one the members who frequently boats in the Delaware Bay said that he can always tell a boat that has just come from the Chesapeake Bay because it has a brown bow.

I was stunned. Working on Chesapeake Bay issues has given me an appreciation for the challenges we face, but I never thought that the evidence of Chesapeake Bay pollution could be translated so visually.

So as we work to reduce nutrients and sediments to the levels that will help restore water quality and bring back Chesapeake Bay crabs, oysters and submerged aquatic vegetation, we should also be hopeful for the day when we can visit our neighbors and they will know us by the smiles on our faces and not by the brown stain of pollution on the bows of our boats.

Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay Opportunities

Pennsylvania Garden Expo

Volunteers are needed March 9–12 to staff the Alliance exhibit booth at the fourth annual Pennsylvania Garden Expo in Harrisburg.

The Alliance is working with the state Department of Conservastion and Natural Resources State Parks, Audubon Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation to showcase five state parks. The exhibit will include the largest indoor display of native plants in central Pennsylvania. Volunteers will be provided free entrance passes to the Expo.

For information, contact Donna Morelli or Rebecca Wertime at 717-737-8622 or visit www.AllianceChesBay.org.

Fairville Park rain garden

Volunteers are need to help design a rain garden for Fairville Park, located at the base of Kittatinny Ridge in West Hanover Township, PA.

The project will raise local awareness of the issues that impact the ridge, which is better known locally as Blue Mountain. Audubon Pennsylvania has designated the site as an Important Bird Area.

The design workshop will take place 7:30–9 p.m. March 15 at the West Hanover Township Building. The rain garden will be installed 9 a.m. to noon April 29.

The Alliance’s partners in this project are the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the West Hanover Environmental Advisory Council.

For information, call 717-737-8622.

‘Growing Communities’ workshop

Join the The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and the American Community Gardening Association March 17–18 in Richmond, VA, for a hands-on workshop, “Growing Communities: Community Building and Organizational Development through Community Gardening.” Participants will learn the principles and practices of community building and how to pass these techniques on to others by conducting their own workshops. Urban forestry topics, including how to integrate trees into urban greening projects and maintenance considerations will be covered as well.

For information, or to register, contact Stacey Moulds at 804-775-0951 or smoulds@acb-online.org, or visit www.acb-online.org/events.cfm#4.

Leister Park tree planting

Volunteers are needed 9 a.m. to noon March 23 and 25 to help the Alliance and the Prettyboy Watershed Alliance plant native trees in Leister Park in Hampstead, MD.

Dress appropriately for the weather, including boots. Tools and refreshments will be provided.

Contact Lou Etgen at 410-377 6270 or letgen@acb-online.org for information and directions.

Project Clean Stream

Volunteers are needed 9 a.m. to noon April 1 to lead cleanup sites and assist as clean up crew as part of Project Clean Stream, a regional stream cleanup coordinated by the Alliance, watershed associations and local government staff.

The cleanup will take place at sites in Central Maryland and the Eastern Shore. Gloves, trash bags and first aid kit are provided.

For information, contact the Alliance at kdowling@acb-online.org or 410-377-6270 or visit www.alliancechesbay.org/project.cfm?vid=220.

Coover Park buffer restoration & invasive plant removal

Volunteers are needed to remove invasive plants and restore a buffer at Coover Park near Dillsburg, PA.

An educational workshop and training is scheduled 4–7 p.m. April 6 at Messiah College. A light supper will be provided.

The plant removal and buffer planting will take place April 20–22. For information, call 717-737-8622.

The Pennsylvania office of the Alliance is working with the Dillsburg Jaycees, Land Logics Group and Messiah College on this project.

Canoe Creek State Park invasive plants workshop

Learn how invasive plants, invade the landscape, why they’re bad for the habitat and what to do about them at an invasive plant removal workshop 9 a.m. to noon April 15 in the Education Center at Canoe Creek State Park, an Audubon Pennsylvania Important Bird Area near Hollidaysburg, PA.

To register and receive a free information packet, call the park office at 814-695-6807 by April 12.

The Alliance’s partners in this project are Canoe Creek and Juniata Audubon.

East Pennsboro Township invasive plants workshop

The Alliance and the East Pennsboro Environmental Advisory Council are offering an invasive plants workshop 7–9 p.m. May 3 at the East Pennsboro Township Building, in Enola, PA.

Learn about the impact of invasive plants and how to identify them in the field. A follow-up workday will take place at one of the township parks.

For information, call 717-737-8622.

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About David Bancroft

David Bancroft is an energy and environment advisor to the Obama/Biden campaign.

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