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Third Annual South River Sojourn And Wade-In Set For June 18
ANNAPOLIS, MD (June 14, 2005) -- Roll up your pants and lace up your sneakers with members from the Lower Western Shore Tributary Team and the South River Federation on Saturday, June 18, as they host their 3rd Annual South River Sojourn and Wade-In at Quiet Waters Park from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M.
All participants should meet at 8:45 A.M. in parking lot ďIĒ near Dogwood Pavilion. Once assembled, the group will haul kayaks down to Amphibious Horizonsí boat ramp and put in. From there, participants will paddle up South River to Edgewater Beach Shady Section taking a look the diversity of aquatic life. A barbeque lunch will be waiting for the group at Edgewater Beach during which the Wade-In will take place.
While there is no fee for this event and it is open to the public, non-members are encouraged to join the South River Federation. Donations are welcome and are tax deductible. If you would like to participate and need to rent a kayak, contact the Federation at (443) 482-2155 or email@example.com. More information is available at www.southriverfederation.net.
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 15 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 Shore 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.
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 14, 2005
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