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April 1, 2017: The Environmental Committee welcomed spring with a lecture and discussion on ”Annapolis Local Waters” on March 22nd. David Barker, Chair, Back Creek Conservancy and Amy Clements, President, Spa Creek Conservancy discussed efforts underway to improve water quality and restore the living resources in our own “backyard.”

In Back Creek, the newly established Conservancy recently completed an assessment of the “state of the creek” and outlined an action plan. This landmark effort was undertaken last summer with the assistance of interns supported by EYC’s Foundation. Monitoring results revealed a system under significant stress and important biological indicators, like submerged aquatic vegetation, are undetectable.

In Spa Creek, Amy Clements summarized their program and Donna Jefferson, Water Quality Coordinator, reported that the headwaters show very high levels of contaminants. Kevin Haigis summarized their program to install oyster cages to cleanse the water and encouraged people to volunteer.

An extensive discussion followed on actions that individuals and EYC can take to save our creeks and make them fishable and swimmable! For more information go to: http://backcreekconservancy.org/bcc/ and http://spacreek.net.

In April, the Environmental Committee will be continuing its ongoing education efforts and getting ready for a “Clean Regatta” sailing season in collaboration with Sailors for the Sea.

beforethefloodTo encourage a discussion of climate change, the National Geographic film “Before the Flood” will be shown at EYC on Wednesday, April 12, 7 – 9 p,m. “Before the Flood” captures a three-year personal journey with Academy Award-winning actor and U.N. Messenger of Peace, Leonardo Di Caprio, as he interviews individuals who provide unique, impassioned and pragmatic views on what must be done today and in the future to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.

A discussion will follow the showing of the film regarding what EYC can do to help address the issue of climate change and other environmental concerns.

Over the next several months the Environmental Committee will be developing an EYC Environmental Action Plan based on the ideas suggested during our lecture series and special events. We are also planning a fall lecture series and additional educational program events. The Committee will be posting information about relevant upcoming events from the 2017 Annapolis Film Festival Environmental Films March 30 - April 2 (http://annapolisfilmfestival.com/special-showcases/) to upcoming Earth Day activities.

For example, Phil Renaud (EYC Member and Director, Living Oceans Foundation) will be premiering his new film “An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch” at the Museum of Natural History on Earth Day 2017, Saturday, April 22, starting at 6 p.m. The film, which just received the International Ocean Film Festival “Best Conservation Film” award, is a fascinating detective story about overfishing that ranges from the Atlantic coastline to the shores of Senegal. Stay tuned for future events.nnapolis Local Waters.” Amy Clements, President, Spa Creek Conservancy and Dr. David Barker, Chair, Back Creek Conservancy will discuss efforts underway to improve water quality and restore the living resources in our own “backyard”. A discussion will follow regarding actions that we as individuals and as an organization can take to improve our local waters. The lecture will serve as a springboard for the development of a detailed environmental action plan for the club. Join us on Wednesday, March 22, for a special Happy Hour at 5 p.m. followed by the lecture from 6 – 7 p.m.

To further support the discussion of key environmental issues, the Committee will be showing the National Geographic film “Before the Flood” on Wednesday, April 12, 7 – 9 p.m. “Before the Flood” captures a three-year personal journey with Academy Award-winning actor and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo Di Caprio, as he interviews individuals from every facet of society in both developing and developed nations who provide unique, impassioned and pragmatic views on what must be done today and in the future to prevent catastrophic disruption of life on our planet.

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