Happy New Year! The Environmental Committee (aka “Green Team”) is looking forward to an interesting and exciting 2019 with our winter lecture series, special events for Earth Day and Ocean/Chesapeake Bay Week and our ongoing clean regatta, oyster restoration and water quality programs.
This year we will continue to expand our community outreach efforts with a Bay Stewardship Workshop in the spring and a “Kids on the Creek” event in the summer as well as other initiatives with our community partners. We also plan to work closely with the other EYC Committees to make EYC truly the “Environmental Yacht Club” of the bay.
At our Annual Holiday Potluck in December, we said farewell to co-chair Phil Renaud, who has moved to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to be the Program Manager forf the Ocean Twilight Zone Project. In his parting comments, Phil reflected on the significant efforts of the Green Team and thanked the team for their comradery and friendship.
The team presented him a collage of pictures from our project efforts and a chart of his new sailing grounds signed by team members and friends of the Environmental Committee. Several environmental friends joined us for the event including Ben Grumbles, Secretary of the MD Department of the Environment, and Elvia Thompson, Co-Founder of Annapolis Green, as well as representatives from our local creeks and the Severn River.
This month on January 30 at 7 p.m. we will kick off our 2019 winter lecture series with Gary Jobson. He will talk about restoring the Chesapeake Bay and reflect on the challenges of protecting our coastal waters.
Gary is well known as a sailor, America's Cup winner, author, president of the National Sailing Hall of Fame and vice president of the International Sailing Federation. He is also the vice-chair of the Chesapeake Bay Trust and is leading an effort in his own neighborhood to reduce runoff. In this new presentation, Gary will talk about how legislation and everyday actions are successfully improving our watersheds.