Virginia Eastern Shorekeeper

JOIN US - 2014 CLAMBOREE - Aug. 16, 5:30 PM
Again at Eastern Shore Yacht & Country Club, with guest of honor Lt. Governor Ralph Northam.


"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.
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.

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.

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

. 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.

Virginia Eastern Shorekeeper representatives met with Virginia government officials, including the Lieutenant Governor, the Director of the Department of Natural Resources, and a number of House of Delegates members at a Waterkeeper Alliance reception intended to press the message about clean waters. Pictured below is Lt. Governor Ralph Northam, flanked by VES Board member Jay Davenport (left) and Executive Director/Shorekeeper Jay Ford. In the second photo below, Northam addresses attendees. 


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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