Another Successful Friendraiser

Thank you to the 50 friends who came out to the Seafarers Yacht Club last night for our second annual February Friendraiser happy hour. We raised a glass or two, compliments of Eastport Liquors, and talked Eastport stuff. Board members Molly Winans, David Barker, and Lorie Stout discussed what we achieved in 2016 and volunteer and sponsorship opportunities for 2017.

For all who are interested in helping BCC this spring, please save the date–Sunday, May 21–for our first big fundraiser, the Feet for the Creek Walkathon, a 6K walk around Back Creek followed by live music and food. We need volunteers, sponsors, and walkers. We will send out details as they emerge. In the meantime, if you’d like to volunteer, email molly@backcreekconservancy.org.

Thank you to the Seafarers Yacht Club for the hospitality, Eastport Liquors for the beverages, and Kenneth Tom for the great photos! Speak for the CREEK!

 

 

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

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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!

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Finding the Mattie F. Dean in Back Creek

 

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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.

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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…