Finding the Mattie F. Dean in Back Creek



The Back Creek Conservancy, in partnership with the Ocean Research Project, is launching the Schooner Mattie F. Dean Expedition to locate and if possible to identify wooden sailing vessels abandoned in Back Creek, Annapolis, at the end of the sailing era, between 1933, when the Hurricane blew open the mouth of Back Creek, to the early 1970s, when the boat shows began. The number, location, and the extent of the remains of these vessels is unknown.


Water Sampling, Research, Mapping and More Summer Projects

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Did you know that Back Creek Conservancy’s summer interns participated in water sampling, research, mapping, and more?

The 2016 Back Creek Conservancy intern luncheon Friday, August 12, was a success with 22 people in attendance, including representatives from EYC Foundation, Eastport Civic Association, the Maritime Republic of Eastport (MRE), and Maria Broadbent from City of Annapolis office of environmental policy. Everyone was enthusiastic about the intern program and BCC!


Join Us for the Last Marine Debris Monday of the Summer

IMG_4110_50pThe Back Creek Conservancy hopes you will join us for the last Marine Debris Monday of the summer on Monday, August 29 at 5 p.m… or whenever you are free to get out on the creek. The goal is to pick up some trash from a small boat (canoes and dinghies or jon boats work best, but kayaks and paddleboards are acceptable). We recommend gloves and toed shoes in case you want to step off your boat to pick something up in the shallows…. and a trash bag!

At 6 p.m., we’re hosting a creek-side BBQ for burgers, hot dogs, and beer for all participants. Find us by boat at the third dock on the right from the SPCA at the back of Back Creek.

RSVP HERE. All are invited! …. If you do come to the BBQ, make sure you bring a flashlight and headlamp for a safe boat ride home!


Where on Back Creek Do We Do Water Quality Monitoring?

Back Creek water samplingAs the Back Creek Conservancy becomes more well-known in the community, we have been fielding questions about our water quality monitoring and where exactly we’re testing.

Yesterday, our board president David Barker and interns made a technological breakthrough to help show the public where we’re working. Check out this interactive story map and click on the eight sampling sites. More to come about results later…


A Little Fun, a Little Marine Debris

Looks like Back Creek Conservancy board president David Barker and his wife Lisa Borre set out this weekend on Back Creek for a little fun, a little marine debris pickup. Below you’ll find the photos. Our next Marine Debris Monday is August 8, so please join us and invite friends with small boats.