The EYC Green Team periodically conducts environmental workshops and special events. In April 2018, EYC convened a workshop entitled “Annapolis Area Waters – Building a Bay Stewardship Partnership with support from the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Back Creek Conservancy and the EYC Foundation. Thirty-eight individuals from 24 organizations participated in the workshop including leaders from the Back Creek and Spa Creek Conservancies, the Severn River Association, the three Riverkeeper organizations, city and county officials, the three major yacht clubs and experts from NOAA Chesapeake Bay Program, Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative, Chesapeake Conservancy and Chesapeake Commons.
EYC Commodore Ed Wells welcomed the participants and Mayor Gavin Buckley provided opening remarks. The morning session focused on presentations by the local organizations on their programs and future plans. The afternoon session featured panel discussions on four issue areas: Water Quality, Oyster Habitat, Living Shorelines/Bay Grasses and Pollution Abatement.
The workshop concluded with a plenary discussion of follow-up actions and next steps. Collaborative partnership projects were identified for each issue area and at a more general planning level (e.g. establishing a joint Geographic Information System (GIS) workgroup and providing input to the City Council, County Council and state legislature regarding environmental priorities). For more information, please read the Workshop Proceedings.