First Day of Water Monitoring

Monitoring for fish eggs in a tributary of the Mattawoman Creek
Monitoring for fish eggs in a tributary of the Mattawoman Creek

Tina Wilson, PTRC’s new water monitoring coordinator, joined Jim Long and others from the Mattawoman Watershed Society on Sunday in sampling for anadromous fish eggs at five locations in the Mattawoman Creek watershed. Anadromous fish are those, like yellow perch and herring, that migrate from the sea to fresh water to spawn. The team also measured water temperature, conductivity, and dissolved oxygen levels.

It was a bracing day to be outdoors, with gusts of wind high in the trees and swift currents in the creek and its tributaries. There were vernal pools at almost every site and many contained clusters of frog and salamander eggs. The spring peepers and wood frogs could be heard in the surrounding woods.

PTRC will be participating in the Stream Waters program sponsored by Maryland DNR this year, beginning in the next couple weeks. We will be sampling for benthic macroinvertebrates. These insect larvae, worms, crustaceans, and other small critters live in stream sediments and are indicator species of stream health. Contact if you would like to help out.

Annual Potomac River Clean Up at Chapel Point State Park

Trash Free Potomac Network - Connecting for a Trash Free Watershed - Event - Port Tobacco River Cleanup at Chapel Point State Park 2015Port Tobacco River Conservancy is teaming up with the Alice Ferguson Foundation for the 27th Annual Potomac River Clean Up on April 11, 2015 . Please come join us to have fun and to help make our river more beautiful.

To sign up go to: Trash Free Potomac Network – Connecting for a Trash Free Watershed – Event – Port Tobacco River Cleanup at Chapel Point State Park 2015.

For more information, please contact: Julie at or Krupa at

Upcoming Event in our Watershed

Family Forest

Alliance for the Bay is hosting a Family Forest Legacy Planning workshop for Maryland landowners on Saturday, February 7th from 9 am to 12 pm. PTRC will be attending. Come join us!


Learn how to:

-Establish your vision & goals for your land
-Assess and enhance the value of your natural resources
-Reduce property & estate taxes
-Create a succession plan that keeps your land intact and within your family
-Build family ties to your land
-Access conservation tools and programs
-Select professionals to help you meet your goals
The Crossing at Casey Jones
417 E. Charles Street, La Plata, MD 21502
*Lunch is included afterwards
Cost: $10/person or couple; $15/family (3-5 people); $25/Family (6-8 people)
Register by February 3rd
For more information contact:
Craig Highfield, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay (4100-267-5723

PTRC President Selected for Top Physics Award

PTRC President Dr. Jerry Forbes
PTRC President Dr. Jerry Forbes

The American Physical Society (APS) selected Port Tobacco resident and PTRC President Dr. Jerry W. Forbes for the 2015 George E. Duvall Shock Compression Science Award. Forbes is Senior Scientist at The Energetics Technology Center, Inc. (ETC) in St. Charles, MD, and Adjunct Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. APS established the George E. Duvall Shock Compression Science Award in 1987 and grants the award annually to individuals in recognition of their contributions to understanding condensed matter and non-linear physics through shock compression.

The 2015 committee recognized Forbes “for his advances in shock-compression science involving phase-transformations, high explosives and detonation physics; for extensive contributions to the shock physics community through mentorship and teaching; and for service to the Shock Compression Topical Group.” In 2012, Forbes published, “Shock Wave Compression of Condensed Matter: A Primer (Shock Wave and High Pressure Phenomena),” which introduces the core concepts of the shock wave physics of condensed matter, taking a continuum mechanics approach to examine liquids and isotropic solids.

In addition to serving as President of the Port Tobacco River Conservancy, Jerry sits on the advisory boards of the College of Southern Maryland Nonprofit Institute and the Horticulture Committee of the Stethem Educational Center.

We are very proud of Jerry’s accomplishments.