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State of the Rivers Party & Report Card Presentation, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

April 21 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


 Is water quality improving in Midshore rivers?


cover photo by Jay Fleming

MRC releases our 2016 State of the Rivers 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.

Miles-Wye Riverkeeper Jeff Horstman and Choptank Riverkeeper Matt Pluta, along with other experts and educators from MRC’s staff, will explain and interpret results from last year.

photo of ecologist Walter Boynton

Dr. Walter Boynton photo by Eva Bailey

Our honorary guest speaker will be Dr. Walter Boynton, recipient of the 2016 Mathias Medal. Over Dr. Boynton’s 30-year career, his groundbreaking research helped establish that excess nutrients degraded the Chesapeake Bay’s water quality and habitats.

The medal is awarded jointly by Maryland Sea Grant, Virginia Sea Grant, and the Chesapeake Research Consortium to honor research that “contributes to informed environmental policy” in the region. It has only been given out six times since 1990.

Boynton’s foundational research has offered new insights into how the Bay’s ecosystem works — insights that initially drew controversy but are now broadly accepted. Findings by Boynton and his colleagues have formed a critical part of the foundation of scientific knowledge that continues to inform efforts to improve the Bay’s ecosystem. He worked persistently for years to persuade natural resource managers and policy makers to monitor nutrients in the estuary and to take bold actions to reduce nutrient loads.



This event is free and open to the public.

Light refreshments and drinks will be served, including shucked OYSTERS provided by 

For more information, contact Sarah Boynton at sarah@midshoreriverkeeper.org or phone 443.385.0511.

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April 21
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Category:


Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy


Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
213 N. Talbot Street
St. Michaels, 21663
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