We are very pleased to have Tina Wilson as the newest member of the PTRC Board of Directors. Tina joined the Board on January 7.
Tina is a lifelong resident of Charles County. She grew up on a small farm along Neale Sound near Cobb Island, where she nurtured her love of the water. After attending college on the eastern shore, she pursued a career in the Army, retiring in 2005. She served as a logistics officer on a variety of assignments, including at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, and in Stuttgart, Germany, and Skopje, Macedonia. She is a veteran of Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Several of Tina’s assignments involved providing water to villagers as part of humanitarian support, and this work brought home to her the importance of clean water and how so many take it for granted.
Upon retiring from the service, she renewed her love of boating and moved to Port Tobacco. While on a boating trip to Chapel Point, she learned of the dangers of a high bacteria count in the river from fellow boaters, which lead her to join the PTRC. Monitoring the river provides wonderful opportunities to see the watershed in ways many locals don’t get to see. Once you have muddied your boots and collected a few samples, the river as well as many of its contributing streams is no longer just a feature you drive by and take for granted; you begin to take ownership of it. It is Tina’s hope that many more people will become members of the PTRC and learn to better appreciate the Port Tobacco River. In addition to being a member of the Board of Directors, Tina serves as PTRC’s Water Monitoring Coordinator.
Thanks to all our volunteers who collected 21 bags of recyclables, 9 bags of other trash, and way too much fishing line.
Join us for the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Potomac River Cleanup on April 16.
Check out our 2015 PTRC Annual Report to read about PTRC’s accomplishments this year and our plans for continuing our mission of protecting and restoring the Port Tobacco River and its watershed. With your generous support we will achieve our vision of a Port Tobacco River that has clear and navigable waters, is rich in fish and wildlife, and is safe to the thousands of residents and visitors who use the river and streams for swimming, water sports, hunting and fishing, or just enjoying the beauty of this natural and historical resource.
PTRC’s Fall Newsletter features:
- President Jerry Forbes’s testimony to the Planning Commission on the draft Comprehensive Plan.
- Membership meeting featuring Marc Imlay’s good news on biological control of invasive species.
- New research on the “hidden energy of streams.”
- Latest on fish seining in the Port Tobacco River.
Maryland DNR has posted the following information:
In a first for the state of Maryland, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on October 5 declared its intent to designate Mallows Bay in Charles County as a National Marine Sanctuary, and is seeking public input on how the site should best be used and managed.
Located in Nanjemoy, an area of the Potomac River, Mallows Bay features a host of archaeological, recreational, historical, cultural, educational and environmental qualities, and is home to one of the largest assemblages of historic shipwrecks in the Western Hemisphere. Known as the “Ghost Fleet” of Mallows Bay, this collection totals nearly 200 vessels dating back to the Revolutionary War and World War II.
“The state of Maryland and its partners in this effort are thrilled that such a multipurpose and unique site on the Chesapeake Bay is on its way to becoming a National Marine Sanctuary,” Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary Mark Belton said. “We believe that the designation serves as a tremendous opportunity to promote our state’s world-class recreational fishing, boating and tourism, to advance our efforts to protect and restore the bay watershed, and to educate the public about our nation’s maritime and cultural history. This was and continues to be a community-driven process.”
“The Maryland State Historic Preservation Office has long been seeking the best means of managing the important and diverse cultural resources in and around Mallows Bay,” State Historical Preservation Officer Elizabeth Hughes said. “Cognizant of the role these resources have come to play in the environment, both as a haven for natural resources and from a recreational perspective, the opportunity to build partnerships throughout the Maryland community and with NOAA has provided a timely and elegant means to ensure an appropriate and comprehensive approach to their long term management.”
DNR’s Chesapeake and Coastal Service, the Maryland Historical Trust, Charles County and a number of other partners submitted the Mallows Bay nomination to NOAA in September 2014. In early 2015, the nomination became the first to be successfully added to the inventory of areas considered for designation. The next phase of the process will include a public feedback period that may last up to two years. Feedback will be used to help create a draft plan for the site.
Partners will host public input meetings in:
- Charles County on Nov. 4, 2015, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the Charles County Government Building Auditorium: 200 Baltimore Street, La Plata; and
- Anne Arundel County on Nov. 10, 2015 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the Annapolis Maritime Museum: 723 Second Street, Annapolis.
Comments may also be submitted online at http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/mallows-bay and are due by Jan. 15, 2016.
“A National Marine Sanctuary designation for Mallows Bay would focus well deserved national attention on this Charles County treasure,” Charles County Commissioner President Peter F. Murphy said. “We have worked hard to promote public access to the site and to conserve its significant historic and natural resources. This esteemed recognition would stimulate those efforts and afford us the opportunity to share its beauty and historical significance with the nation.”
The National Marine Sanctuary System was established in 1972 to recognize and promote the conservation, recreational, ecological, historical, research or aesthetic values of special areas of the marine environment. The existing network is comprised of 14 sites totaling more than 170,000 square miles. They all serve as natural classrooms and laboratories for school children and researchers alike to promote stewardship of our marine resources.
Photo by Daryl Byrd.
The next Port Tobacco Green Drinks will be at the Blue Dog Saloon,7940 Port Tobacco Road, Port Tobacco MD 20677. Join us Tuesday, October 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 to meet up, make new friends, and just have fun. Enjoy Blue Dog nachos, plus the following specials:
2 for 1 house drinks, beer, wine, and liquor
Half off hand tossed pizza
$1 off local oysters
$10 for half a pound shrimps
Hope to see you there!
Join us on Thursday, August 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Port Tobacco Marina Restaurant for our next Port Tobacco Green Drinks.
Green Drinks is a social network for those who are interested in environmental issues. It’s a great way to meet up, to make new friends, to create job opportunities, and to just have fun. The Port Tobacco Marina Restaurant is located at 7536 Shirley Blvd, Port Tobacco.
Enjoy the Restaurant’s Thirsty Thursday Specials:
- $4 Rails
- $3 Shooters
- $2 Regular domestic drafts
The Restaurant will donate 10% of food sales to PTRC.
Hope to see you there!
PTRC’s Summer Newsletter is here!
- Night on the River Fundraiser featuring the Byx Bullock Trio with Jennifer Cooper, Thursday, August 6 at the Port Tobacco Marina Restaurant. Buy your tickets online or at the door.
- More on the 1,100 Acres
- Water Monitoring Update
- Cleanups at Chapel Point State Park — hope you saw the excellent article in today’s Maryland Independent
And much more!
It’s time for another shoreline cleanup at Chapel Point State Park, 8160 Pisces Rd, Port Tobacco MD 20677. We will be there Saturday, August 1, starting at 9:00 am. We will supply bags, gloves, and drinking water.
Please come join us to have fun and to help make our river more beautiful. For more information, contact Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org or Krupa at email@example.com