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State of the Rivers Party: 2015 Report Card Release, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
April 29, 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Is water quality improving in Midshore rivers?
MRC releases our 2015 Report Card with the results of extensive water quality data from last year. MRC Riverkeepers and other experts from our staff will present, explain and interpret the findings. These results assess water quality samples collected by MRC scientists and 50 Creekwatcher volunteers in sampling jurisdictions on the Choptank River, Miles River, Wye River, Tred Avon River, Tuckahoe River, Harris Creek, Broad Creek, Island Creek, La Trappe Creek, and Eastern Bay on the southern tip of Kent Island.
The 2014 State of the Rivers reported an overall average score of ‘C’ for that year. The 2015 results will reveal whether that grade improved over the past year and how specific testing parameters contributed to overall scores.
Author Kate Livie will serve as honorary speaker and will discuss her book, Chesapeake Oysters. Livie will read excerpts from her narrative, describing the evolution of Crassostrea virginica, the eastern oyster. These humble bivalves are the living bones of the Chesapeake and the ecological and historical lifeblood of the region. When colonists first sailed these abundant shores, they described massive shoals of foot-long oysters. But the bottomless appetite of the Chesapeake’s Gilded Age and great fleets of skipjacks took their toll. Disease, environmental pressures and overconsumption decimated the population by the end of the twentieth century. While Virginia turned to bottom-leasing, passionate debate continues in Maryland among scientists and oystermen about whether aquaculture or wild harvesting is the better way forward. Today, boutique oyster farming in the bay is sustainably meeting the culinary demand of a new generation of connoisseurs. With careful research and interviews with experts, Kate Livie presents this dynamic story and a glimpse of what the future may hold for this vital species.
For more information, email Sarah Boynton at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 443.385.0511.
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