Join Us for Project Clean Stream April 2

Join Us for Project Clean Stream April 2

BC Nature Park mapPlease join us for the Back Creek Conservancy’s first spring cleanup day. To join our team of volunteers who will participate in Project Clean Stream along Back Creek on Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to noon, SIGN UP HERE.

We will be scouring areas around the Back Creek Watershed to pick up trash before it makes its way into the creek.  At the end we will weigh the trash collected to share with other Project Clean Stream teams.

On the day of the event, the entire group will meet at Back Creek Nature Park at 9 a.m. to divide into teams. Wear jeans, sturdy shoes with socks, and anything you wouldn’t mind picking up trash and debris in. If you have garden gloves, bring them, too. Bring friends!

Questions? Email molly@backcreekconservancy.org.

Date: 04/02/2016 (Sat.)
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm EDT
Location: 7314 Edgewood Road – Ellen Moyer Nature Park

Join Us for a Drink!

The Back Creek Conservancy invites anyone who lives, works, or plays along the Creek to join us for a free drink and snacks.  
beer

  • Learn what the Back Creek Conservancy is all about
  • Find out how you can join our efforts to clean up the Creek
  • Have some laughs with your neighbors on a winter’s night

When:   Wednesday, February 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Where:  Seafarers Yacht Club, 301 Chester Avenue
(a two-minute walk from Davis’ Pub)

Thank you to Eastport Liquors for donating the beer and wine.

Back Creek Conservancy Wins Watershed Assistance Grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust

An estimated 1500 recreational boats are stored or moored on Back Creek. Ninety-five percent of the creek is within Annapolis City limits.

The Back Creek Conservancy recently won a grant from the Watershed Assistance Program of the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Known as America’s Sailing Capital, Annapolis is the center of Maryland’s recreational boating scene. Polluted waterways cannot coexist with this vision of Annapolis.

“We’re really excited to receive this grant and want to express our gratitude to the Chesapeake Bay Trust,” says board president David Barker. “Everyone on the Back Creek Conservancy board is an active sailor or boater who lives within the watershed if not right on the creek. We’re dedicated to getting it back to a fishable, swimmable state for future generations.”

With this grant, the Back Creek Conservancy, in partnership with the Center for Watershed Protection in Ellicott City, MD, will develop a Watershed Action Plan for the Back Creek watershed that will (1) establish a baseline of watershed conditions from which future progress can be evaluated; (2) create a framework for identifying future restoration and protection actions; and (3) engage stakeholders, particularly marina and dock owners and homeowner and condominium associations, regarding water quality issues.

The watershed plan will provide sufficient detail on priority projects to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution and leverage future implementation funds. Land development in the Back Creek watershed has outpaced environmental protections to address issues such as stormwater run-off and the resultant water pollution.

The goal of the $95,000 project is widespread awareness and support for fundable projects in the Back Creek watershed that will halt the downward spiral of increasing pollution and begin the long process of improving the quality of the creek to make it clean and safe for its residents and greater community of boaters, maritime businesses, and other water-related activities.

Back Creek Conservancy is a new nonprofit organization made up of citizen volunteers. By 2025, the Conservancy envisions a fishable, swimmable Back Creek supported by a citizen-led nonprofit group that speaks for the Creek and conducts projects to improve and maintain its health.

Click here for a short video about the Conservancy.

For more information, contact Molly Winans, mollywinans@gmail.com