Virginia Eastern Shorekeeper

SHOREKEEPER PROTESTS OIL EXPLORATION OFF VIRGINIA COAST
"Clean waters are worth far more to our local economy than the perpetual risk offshore drilling represents," said Shorekeeper Jay Ford in response to the Administration's recent decision to permit oil exploration along the East Coast. "This move represents a step backwards for America's energy future." Join us in contacting federal and state representatives and urging them to protect the waters off Virginia's coast and encourage investment in more responsible solutions to America's future energy needs.
 
CREEKWATCHER MEETINGS
In a series of regular meetings to inform, energize, support, and assist our Creekwatchers, Shorekeeper Jay Ford has recently gathered current and prospective Creekwatchers for informational sessions, the most latest one gathering at Mallards At the Wharf on Onancock Creek. We'll let you know when the next gathering is planned.



NORTHAMPTON COUNTY ZONING OVERHAUL
Read the letter that expresses our concerns about the process and the substance of Northampton County's zoning overhaul, which has serious implications for water quality on the Eastern Shore. READ and SIGN the petition we've created.

MUST READING - According to a new technical report from NOAA/USGS, the effects of climate change will continue to threaten the health and vitality of U.S. coastal communities' social, economic, and natural systems. The report, Coastal Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerabilities: a technical input to the 2013 National Climate Assessment, authored by leading scientists and experts, emphasizes the need for increased coordination and planning to ensure U.S. coastal communities are resilient against the effects of climate change. A special section is devoted to Chesapeake Bay issues.

JOIN - RENEW - DONATE via PayPal. We now can process payments electronically, saving paper and the need to write a check. Please go to our Support page.

NUTRIENT TRADING IN THE CHESAPEAKE BAY WATERSHED: Read this informative article by VES Director Mike Peirson.

WHAT IF THERE'S AN OIL SPILL OFF THE COAST?
Several VES representatives attended a workshop on response to an oil spill, including the use of surface dispersants. Read Director Ken Schultz's insightful review of the topic.

Read the Shorekeeper's view of proposals to expand poultry farming on the Eastern Shore. What we say...

Also, read Director Dr. Mike Peirson's insightful article on chicken waste (litter) issues.


VES Director Dr. Mike Peirson, an expert on aquaculture, writes here about how shellfish aquaculture benefits our waterways.


Help save terrapins! Give the terrapins a break and equip your crab pot with TEDs; they let crabs into the pot while keeping turtles out, thus protecting them from drowning. We have them and they are now also available at local merchants. Read about it

WANTED: CREEKWATCHERS
. The number of people who are monitoring what's happening on local waterways has grown, but we need more. See if your creek is listed and sign up on our Creekwatchers page.


TMDL Info - We have a number of links to web sites with information about the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) issue and related matters. Be informed about Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs). Read Director Dr. Mike Peirson's informativearticle about the current situation, as well as former Shorekeeper Dave Burden's blog entry about this.

Join the Virginia Eastern Shorekeeper organization.




IT WAS A WONDERFUL CLAMBOREE
The Eastern Shore Yacht & Country Club was again the venue for the 7th annual Shorekeeper Clamboree, with guest of honor Lt. Governor Ralph Northam both speaking and receiving our Waterway Guardian Award. Check out the Clamboree page.



WATERWAY GUARDIAN AWARDS PRESENTED TO LT. GOV. RALPH NORTHAM, STEVE PARKER, AND CURTIS BADGER
The third annual Waterway Guardian Awards were presented at the Clamboree to Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, for his work to protect our natural resources while a state senator; to Steve Parker for his varied activities while serving as Director of the Virginia Coast Reserve of The Nature Conservancy; and to author Curtis Badger, for his advocacy of the Eastern Shore's natural resources through numerous books. Pictured below, from left to right, are Lt. Governor Northam, Shorekeeper Jay Ford, and Curtis Badger.



DAVID TURNER PARTNERS WITH SHOREKEEPER. We're proud to be working with this noted sculptor, who has created an exclusive bronze sculpture of a black skimmer for us (see photo below). We're presenting these to the recipients of our Waterway Guardian Awards (see photo below) and David is selling them to the public as well, with $100 of the proceeds being donated to Virginia Eastern Shorekeeper. Read a recent news story about the partnership, and go to Turner Sculpture to see more photos and order one.


SEE A PROBLEM ON YOUR CREEK? Contact our Shorekeeper


NOMINATE a deserving person, group, agency, or business who has been a positive force for protecting Eastern Shore waterways. The 2014 Shorekeeper Waterway Guardian Awards are already being considered, and we want to recognize those who have made a difference. Read more about this.

SEA LEVEL RISE - and Your Homeowner's Insurance. Read insights into this matter from VES Director Dr. Mike Peirson.

Public Outreach


Past Shorekeeper Dave Burden mans our booth at the Watershed Walk area of the Onancock Harborfest, where

 a number of conservation organizations talk to the public and especially provide information to youngsters



 Help us promote our objective of preserving, protecting, and enhancing the waters of the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
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