Sunday Afternoon Kind of Music on Back Creek

When we were looking for musicians for the Back Creek Conservancy’s Feet for the Creek Walkathon on May 21, we envisioned some happy kind of Sunday afternoon on the creek music that would work for both adults and kids… and we found just the right Annapolis band: Guava Jelly.

So when you’re done doing the 6K walk around the creek—or the shorter version for families with small children—you can come back to the starting point at Annapolis Sailing School, check out the food truck, enjoy a beverage, and relax to happy music with an island vibe. Below, find a promo video to give you a taste of the band’s style.

For registration and more information on the Walkathon, click here. For more about Guava Jelly, click here.

Dive and Rescue Team Do Sonar Scan of Creek Bottom

On Sunday, 5 March the Anne Arundel County Fire Department’s Dive and Rescue Team, in partnership with the Back Creek Conservancy (BCC), conducted a sonar scan of the bottom of Back Creek to locate whatever might be down there.

The dive team, led by Captain David Chen, towed an advanced sonar device that looks like a rocket, about 4 feet long, that creates 3D images. The data are still being analyzed, but the good news is that there are no major hazards on the bottom of the creek. Several crab pots, something that might be a refrigerator, and two small boats were spotted.

After the imagery is refined, the next step will be to decide what to raise and remove. Thank you AAFD!

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…

 

Back Creek Conservancy Welcomes Chesapeake Legal Alliance Volunteer

The Back Creek Conservancy would like to welcome Chesapeake Legal Alliance‘s (CLA) volunteer attorney Ross Phillips of the Phillips Law Firm (Easton, MD). He recently agreed to serve as an ongoing legal advisor to the Conservancy’s board of directors. Ross will provide key guidance and support as the organization develops and implements its advocacy strategy.

chesapeake legal allianceCLA is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to using the law to improve the quality of the Chesapeake Bay. CLA coordinates a network of lawyers who volunteer their time and professional skills to representing environmental organizations, citizens’ groups, and individuals in their efforts to improve the health of the Chesapeake and its watershed. Too often, the health of the Bay and the humans and animals that inhabit its watershed are subjugated to the agendas of interest groups represented by well-paid attorneys. CLA seeks to level the playing field by finding lawyers who will assist citizens and organizations, pro bono, in participating in government decision-making processes and enforcing underutilized laws and regulations designed to protect the Bay.

Find CLA’s latest newsletter here.

And thank you for your help with the Back Creek Conservancy, Ross!