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2005 Lower Western Shore Wade-In Set For June 9 On The Magothy River
SYLVAN VIEW, MD (June 7, 2005) -- Roll up your pants and lace up your sneakers with members from the Lower Western Shore Tributary Team on Thursday, June 9, as they host the 3rd Annual Magothy River Wade-In on the north shore of the river in Sylvan View. This yearís free event is being held in conjunction with a Magothy River Association (MRA) sponsored Bay grass planting that will take place from 4 to 7 P.M. just off the Sylvan View beach. The Wade-In will happen at 6 P.M.
In what has become an annual event for each of Marylandís 10 Tributary Teams, the Wade-Ins are inspired by former State Senator Bernie Fowler, who began wading into the Patuxent River 17 years ago with family and friends to highlight concerns about declining water quality in Marylandís tributaries and the Chesapeake Bay. Senator Fowler remembered that, as a child, he could wade into the Patuxent and easily see his shoes. The event became known as a Wade-In and is characterized by participants wading into a stream, river, or the Bay, and measuring the point at which they can no longer see their shoes, commonly known as the Sneaker Index. Fowler challenged the other nine Tributary Teams to host Wade-Ins or similar water quality awareness events of their own.
The Lower Western basin drains approximately 270 miles of land, including portions of Anne Arundel and Calvert Counties on the Western Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Large water bodies in the basin include the Magothy, Severn, South, West, and Rhode Rivers. The Lower Western Shore Tributary basin is a varied landscape, and includes the highly developed areas of Annapolis, and the Route 2 corridor along with miles of Chesapeake Bay shoreline and farmland stretching into Calvert County.
Directions to the Wade-In in Sylvan View: By way of Route 100, merge onto Mountain Road heading toward Gibson Island. (If you have not experienced the reversible center lane, be aware of the lighted lane signs). Turn right onto Hickory Point Road. Turn right on Gray Drive. Turn left on Sylview Drive. Follow the bend to the right and you will see the beach on the left.
On the day of the event, please call (410) 703-4589 for directions or if you have questions.
Since 1995, Marylandís Tributary Teams have assisted with the implementation of the stateís watershed-based plans to reduce nutrient pollution to Marylandís rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. Support for the Tributary Teams is provided by staff at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR); however the members are volunteers whose tireless energy results in invaluable contributions to restoration efforts. The Wade-Ins are just one of the ways the Teams highlight local water quality and get their communities involved.
June 7, 2005
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