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Saturday, September 26, 2015
at Historic St. Mary's City
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Kayak Raffle

      This years kayak raffle is underway! The winner will receive a Potomac Sport Trailblazer 100 kayak with a paddle, PFD, and fishing outfit. Tickets cost $2 each, 6 for $10, or 13 for $20 and can be purchased by check or online. Drawing takes place September 26, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at RiverFest.

CPCS helps build Reef Balls

       On June 8th three sixth grade classes from the Chesapeake Public Charter School helped build three reef balls for the St. Mary's Oyster Reef Project.
       Students also gained insight into the ecology and history of oysters, water quality issues, habitat loss, and restoration in the Chesapeake Bay.

Summer Exhibiting

12th Annual Juneteenth Celebration
June 20th, John G. Lancaster Park

St. Mary's Crab Festival
June 13th, St. Mary's County Fairgrounds

Youth Fishing Rodeo - May 9th, St. Mary's River State Park
Green Arts Festival - May 2nd, Chesapeake Public Charter School
Earth Day - April 19th, Leonardtown Square

Oysters Filtering Water

An adult oyster can filter 55 gallons of water each day. Once oysters filtered the entire Chesapeake Bay every few days.

40-Page Guide Published

Available Free

The forty-page guide, From My Backyard to Our Bay, A St. Mary's County Resident's Guide to Improving Our Environment and Drinking Water, is available free at area businesses, or you can download it from our web site. The Greenery in Hollywood, Chicken Scratch in Park Hall, and Good Earth Natural Foods in Leonardtown have free copies. Support your local businesses and get your free copy.    Download compressed version [3.8 MB]

A download link to a high resolution PDF formatted version
is available on our publications page.

How many oysters can
a 15-foot skiff hold?

      The answer to that question was determined a month ago when the skiff succumbed to the burden of 38 cages of oysters. All cages have since been retrieved.

     "I've always encouraged the student interns to experiment—learn by trial and error," said Bob Lewis. But this "experiment" went awry. Luckily two St. Mary's River watermen were on hand to rescue our staff and volunteer Mike Williams and tow our work vessel to shore.

     Thanks go out to Capt. Buddy Wathen and another yet-to-be-determined waterman for their willing and timely response. And a special thanks to Dave Vollmer at Reliable Marine (located in Solomons, MD) who helped us replace our outboard motor with a new 20 HP Honda (discounted nearly to half the cost) after it's unfortunate demise. We are truly grateful.

Scouts Build Oyster Reef

       On Sunday, July 19th, twelve scouts from troop #1634 installed ten tons of concrete rubble into the St. Mary's River oyster sanctuary. As part of Alec Vanderborght's eagle scout project, donated concrete was used to build a new three dimensional mound for the St. Mary's Oyster Reef project. Concrete was donated by Patrick Guy, labor was provided by his fellow scouts, and Alec raised funds to hire Captain Craig with his barge Whiskers.

       This mound is the 36th built since the Reef Project started in 2012! Underwater video of this reef mound is available on our Facebook.


Envirothon State Finalist
Oyster Planting

       On Wednesday, June 17th ninety high school students, representing schools from each county in Maryland, participated in local oyster restoration efforts by planting over 300,000 oysters into the St. Mary's River oyster sanctuary. All of the oysters planted during this event were provided by the Marylanders Grow Oysters program (managed by MD DNR) and raised by local volunteers.

       As part of the Envirothon State competition, these students also spent time learning about oyster reef ecosystems, the health of the Bay, and current restoration strategies through a seining activity and educational talk

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Local Businesses Support
Oyster Reef Project

      Three local companies deserve your thanks and support. In 2013, Carruth & Son Inc, Colliflower & Peterson Inc, and Reliable Marine became working partners on our St. Mary's River Oyster Reef Project. Their enormous support was essential in bringing this project to fruition. We could not have done it without them.    Read more.

      Please show your appreciation by supporting these businesses.

      The St. Mary's River Oyster Reef is a partnership project of the local Rotary clubs and Rotary District 7620, St. Mary's College of Maryland, and the St. Mary's River Watershed Association.

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