New Boat starts 2017 Off Right for the Back Creek Conservancy

Back Creek Conservancy's new water monitoring boat following her New Year's Day delivery. Photo by Rick Kissel

Back Creek Conservancy’s new water monitoring boat following her New Year’s Day delivery. Photo by Rick Kissel

On New Year’s Day the Back Creek Conservancy took a great leap forward in its ability to monitor Back Creek and the Severn River mouth. Thanks to the generous donation  of Chris and Carolyn Groobey, we now own a 13-foot aluminum launch that offers safe, year-round access to the eight water quality monitoring sites on Back Creek.

Originally built in New Zealand as a yacht tender and  life raft, the launch will also enable us to reach the shoals off of Horn Point, the sewer plant discharge point off of Chesapeake Harbour, and the NOAA buoy at Greenbury Point. Lorie Stout (standing on the dock in the photo) drove it to its new home at Port Annapolis Marina.

Thank you to the Groobeys for this generous gift and greater ability to monitor our favorite creek. Happy New Year!


Eastport Oktoberfest and Beer Can Regatta


We had an exceptional show of volunteers and AWESOME local sponsors for the Eastport Oktoberfest and Beer Can Regatta, hosted by the Chesapeake Outdoor Group at the Eastport Democratic Club September 24. Beer can boat racing, live music by Swamp Candy and other local acts, rubber ducky racing, beer, brats, and tons of fun. Benefits from this lively, day-long party will go to the Back Creek Conservancy. We are grateful for that! THANK YOU, COG FRIENDS! Here are some photos of the day by Lisa Borre. Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate and Speak for the Creek!


Volunteer at a Fun Party for Eastport Oktoberfest and Beer Can Regatta

A group lining up to race their boats at the Beer Can Regatta

A group lining up to race their boats at the Beer Can Regatta

Would you like to volunteer for a fun party that benefits Back Creek Conservancy? Here’s your chance.

Chesapeake Outdoor Group’s Eastport Oktoberfest and Beer Can Regatta September 24 will be held at the Eastport Democratic Club. We need help working the front gate, working the bar, and acting as a “runner,” as well as set up and tear down.

Sign up for a TWO-HOUR SHIFT here. Bring friends!

This is a very casual jeans, tee shirt, and flip flop kind of event. Live music from 2-6 will include Swamp Candy and other awesome local talent. Party will be held rain or shine.


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.


MRE Gives Proceeds of Bridge Run to Back Creek Conservancy

Molly Winans, Mark Travaglini, David Barker (president BCC board), Brett Cureton (premier of the MRE!), Stephanie Moore, and Dick Peterson.

Molly Winans, Mark Travaglini, David Barker (president BCC board), Brett Cureton (premier of the MRE!), Stephanie Moore, and Dick Peterson.

Wow! We had no idea that the Maritime Republic of Eastport, commonly known on the peninsula as the MRE, raised so much money for the community for its annual .05K Bridge Run! Yesterday, several members of the MRE board met at the Back Creek Conservancy’s lab/office at Port Annapolis for the official check presentation. The MRE donated $3600–the most ever made from this event–to BCC. The event itself, May 8, was held one of those rare hours in May with no rain, and more than 100 runners showed up for this entertaining, athletic event that in the true spirit of the MRE makes for “fun with a purpose.” Here are some photos from the run.

THANK YOU to the MRE and to all runners who crossed the finish line. This donation will be put to good use immediately as we implement our Back Creek Watershed Action plan and speak for the creek!