At our February meeting we formed a working group to plan the 2019 Bay Stewardship workshop. The workshop will be planned using output from the workshop held last year. The dates of the workshop are uncertain, but it will be sometime this spring.
On February 8, members of the EC Oyster / Water Quality Evaluation group met with Patrick Beall, Maryland Oyster Restoration Specialist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and an intern working with him, Kayla Fairfield. The purpose of the meeting was to get input from them on monitoring the effectiveness of our oyster initiative.
Our guest for the second Environmental Lecture held on February 27th was Carolyn Ricketts of Neighborhood Sun. Carolyn discussed the 2015 MD Community Solar 3yr Pilot Program, how it effects Marylanders, how community solar works, and who can use community solar. She also provided a brief overview of the the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) and its impact on community solar and other renewables.
On March 27, our guest for the Environmental Lecture will be Tuck Hines, Director of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater.
SERC studies human impacts, natural processes and land-sea connections in coastal ecosystems, with programs extending around the world. Among many accomplishments, Tuck is an expert on blue crabs, and has studied the biology of crabs around the world. His presentation will address the strange and wonderful science of blue crabs: what we know about the life cycle and fishery status of Chesapeake blue crabs, and how we know it. Join us in the conference room at 7 p.m., March 27.