EYC is a certified Clean Marina. We are also proud of the fact that EYC was the first yacht club in Maryland to receive a Clean Marina certification. The Maryland Clean Marina Initiative recognizes and promotes marinas, boatyards and yacht clubs of any size that meet legal requirements and voluntarily adopt pollution prevention practices. The department has certified nearly 25 percent of Maryland’s estimated 600 marinas as Clean Marinas or Clean Marina Partners and it aims to continue increasing this number moving forward. Boaters are encouraged to patronize certified Clean Marinas and to adopt clean boating habits.
Water Quality Monitoring Initiative
The Green Team is establishing a robust water quality monitoring program for routine testing of water quality in and around EYC’s marina. When you realize how many club members and junior sailors spend time in the water, it’s important to ensure the water is always safe for recreation. Our marina water quality has been, in general, excellent but all water quality in the Chesapeake Bay significantly declines after a hard rain. Anne Arundel County recommends that you avoid swimming for 48 hours after a rainfall of one half inch or more.
EYC currently is managing two oyster projects. The first project is the EYC Marina “Living Wave Wall” that forms the perimeter of our marina. When the club was renovated and expanded in 2012, the marina was also renovated. EYC is in a very busy waterway and we experience heavy swell from boat traffic and storms, to the dismay of slip-holders. To buffer wave action in the marina, EYC established a unique bulkhead structure that is populated with live oysters. As the oysters grow, the shells form clumps that act as a buffer to wave action. The bulkhead is comprised of a series of concrete shelves which hold concrete triangles seeded with baby oysters.
The “seeded” triangles look like this:
The Living Wave Wall Shelves look like this:
Here is the Co-Chairman of the Green Team displaying a mature clump of oysters:
The second oyster project involves growing oysters in cages from the marina docks. We are participating in the Marylanders Grow Oysters Program which is sponsored through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. If you own waterfront property in the state of Maryland, you can also participate in this free program. The state provides the cages and the oysters for free! Did you know that one acre of oysters can filter 24 million gallons of water per day?
Growing oysters in cages serve two objectives:
- since the cages are suspended in the water column, the oysters get more oxygen
- the cages protect the young oysters from common predators.
Here is one of the cages:
The oyster cages need to be routinely cleaned by dunking the cage – we call this “teabagging”. Here is a Green Team member checking out one of the oyster cages:
Oyster Planting with EYC Junior Sailors was the Final Phase of this Project on Thursday, July 5
The Junior Sailing Program Bay Cruisers helped the EYC Green Team plant oysters from our marina cages at the Severn River oyster sanctuary. For the full story check out the article, Oyster Planting with EYC Junior Sailors, on how they accomplished this grand finale for oyster restoration.