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Bay Paddle Fundraiser

Come out, mingle with paddler friends, and register for this years’ Bay Paddle! Hosted by Oyster Recovery Partnership, Chesapeake Conservancy, and Waterkeepers Chesapeake.

Enjoy live music from Indoor Kites, raffles, prizes, and food and drink specials.

Tickets are $35 and include six freshly shucked oysters , one complimentary drink and one raffle entry.

Reservations to dine at the restaurant after the event are strongly encouraged.

 More info | Questions? Email Kaylee Fleury.

Buy tickets here

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compost bins at Truxtun Park 2021

At Annapolis Green we’ve discussed composting in terms of Nature’s circle of life: animals and plants begin life, they mature and flourish, they die, and the remains are returned to the Earth, starting the cycle anew.

This is how things worked for eons before human hubris decided that we know better. Human population growth sparked urbanization and the waste-back-to-the-Earth social norm was warped with the creation of non-biodegradable materials and landfills. We need things to rot, not live in the suspended animation of a landfill, so they can be returned to the Earth. That’s where you come in.  

hands holding compostComposting is one way very easy way you can incorporate the Circle of Life into your own life. It’s something you can do, right at home, to mitigate the effects of Climate Change. Landfills produce a huge amount of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming so reducing the amount of food that goes into the landfill reduces the methane produced.

If you don’t want to compost in your backyard or can’t because you’re in a condo or apartment, we have the perfect solution right here in Annapolis. Through the end of March there are bins set up at Truxtun Park (near the skateboard area) into which Annapolis residents can simply dump their compostables – kitchen veggie and fruit scraps, meat, bones, grains and bread, soiled pizza boxes, and compostable cups, plates and flatware, etc. Put the material in as is – not in a plastic bag (just like you do with your recyclables). This is available 24/7 through March 30. It’s a free pilot program we are operating for the City. Read more.

To be clear, nothing breaks down and returns to the Earth in landfills – at least not for hundreds of years. Most landfills are lined with materials that keep anything that may leach from the mountains of mixed trash out of the water table below (a good thing) and the landfills are capped. That makes landfills an anaerobic place – that is, devoid of the oxygen that causes materials to decompose. Some scientists have said that in a few hundred years we’ll still be able to reach newspaper pages from today’s landfills.

We are now in the final month of a pilot program we established with the City of Annapolis whereby Annapolis residents can bring their kitchen cuttings to specially designated bins at Truxtun Park. The material is collected weekly by our partner, Veteran Compost. The company puts the material in to huge piles that get very hot as the decomposition process gets underway. Veteran turns the piles periodically with heavy machinery, makes sure it gets plenty of oxygen with a propriety process, and puts it through a fine sieve. The result – in about two months – is fluffy, sweet-smelling compost… a soil amendment that is perfect for every garden, whether residential or commercial. It is Nature’s fertilizer.

The purpose of the pilot program (funded by a Clean Up & Green Up Maryland grant we obtained from Keep Maryland Beautiful, the Forever Maryland Foundation, Maryland Environmental Trust and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development), is to find out if Annapolis residents have an appetite for curbside collection of compostables. (The city set up a companion program of curbside collection in the Hunt Meadow neighborhood that will also end this month. It is being operated by Annapolis Compost.)

Since October the Truxtun collection has yielded about 750 pounds each week. Many people drop by at their leisure to put kitchen scraps in the bins thus keeping their trash cans under the sink less messy and without food odors. For you home composters: at Truxtun you can deposit meat, bones, and crab shells – materials that won’t decompose at home. If you haven’t disposed of your food waste in this way yet – give it a try!

The results of the collection and your wishes will determine whether the City goes ahead with a curbside collection program in the future. If you think this is a good idea, you have to let your alderman or alderwoman and the Mayor know or the program will not continue.

Please weigh in on this. Composting is something we can ALL do under this program – even apartment dwellers – for the good of the planet.

compost secret sauce logoWant some of that compost for your spring garden? As a fundraiser, Annapolis Green is selling 15-pound bags of compost (for $10 plus tax), which we call Secret Sauce because of the incredible results you’ll get from your garden with this special amendment. It’s so much better for your garden and for the environment than synthetic, commercial fertilizers.

There are three ways you can buy the Secret Sauce compost:

oysters on the half shellA final note:  We also encourage returning oyster shells to their rightful place – the Bay. But, we encourage doing this in a way that is safe for our favorite bivalve, the Bay’s health, and ours. That means putting the shells in any of the Oyster Recovery Partnership’s collection bins. ORP will take the shells to its facility on the Eastern Shore where they will be dried in the sun for a year to kill any pathogens that might be present. Then, the shells will be put in a huge vat with oyster spat (baby oysters that look like larvae) that are looking for a substrate to which they can attach to meet the requirements of the rest of their lives. Because the oysters population is so low now, oyster shells are like gold. They are desperately needed if we are to revive this depleted population. That means that the landfill is NOT the right place for them and neither is the compost bin.

–Elvia Thompson

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Winter Oyster Webinar Series

oyster recovery partnershipJoin the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) for a three-part webinar series all about the Chesapeake’s favorite, incredible bivalve. Special thanks to MOMs Organic Market for sponsoring this free, virtual series.

Hear directly from ORP’s Coastal Restoration Team how oyster restoration is accomplished in the Chesapeake Bay. You’ll learn everything from how restoration areas are identified to what monitoring takes place when the reefs are completed.
Speakers:  Jen Aus, ORP Coastal Resource Scientist, and Sara Coleman, ORP Coastal Resource Scientist.

Other webinar dates: January 19 and February 9

Learn more and register

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Winter Oyster Webinar Series

oyster recovery partnershipJoin the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) for a three-part webinar series all about the Chesapeake’s favorite, incredible bivalve. Special thanks to MOMs Organic Market for sponsoring this free, virtual series.

Learn how oysters are being impacted by global climate change – and how they can potentially help mitigate Climate Change’s effects in the Chesapeake Bay.

Speaker: Olivia Caretti, ORP Coastal Restoration Program Manager

Other webinar dates: January 19 and March 2

Learn more and register

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Winter Oyster Webinar Series

oyster recovery partnershipJoin the Oyster Recovery Partnership (ORP) for a three-part webinar series all about the Chesapeake’s favorite, incredible bivalve. Special thanks to MOMs Organic Market for sponsoring this free, virtual series.

Get an idea of what it’s like to be an oyster. Learn more about their lifecycle and the ecosystem services they provide, as well as the threats they face.

Speakers: Olivia Caretti, ORP Coastal Restoration Program Manager, and Sara Coleman, ORP Coastal Resource Scientist.

Other webinar dates: February 9 and March 2

Learn more and register

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Robert Lee oyster planting boat

by Tom Guay, Executive Director
Severn River Association

severn river associationoyster recovery partnershipBoy, do we have some great restoration news in the Severn River! Thanks to donors who love oysters, the Severn River Association and the Oyster Recovery Partnership just planted 24 million baby oysters and created a new oyster restoration reef.

The new bivalve arrivals are now ensconced in their happy home on the Traces Hollow restoration reef just south of the Route 50 Bridge. And, just a week later, they’re enjoying good water quality.

Jack BeckhamEmi McGeadySRA’s Field Investigators, Jack Beckham and Emi McGeady, report oxygen levels on the reef at 4.26 milligrams/Liter (mg/L).

This is pretty good water quality for this time of year. Salinity down there is good for our oysters, as well. Jack and Emi measured salinity at 9.12 parts per thousand (ppt).

In three years, when these guys mature (the oysters, that is), they’ll be filtering up to 50 gallons of water a day. And, one day, when the moon is high, the candles soft, the music mellow, and salinity is right (around 12 ppt), we hope that these baby oysters will naturally reproduce and start creating self-sustaining oyster reefs again.

The 2021 Operation Build-A-Reef project was the SRA/ORP partnership’s third effort, and it was funded entirely by private donations.

In July 2020, the Build-A-Reef operation planted 16.9 million oysters on a reef along Priest Point. In 2018, the  Maryland Department of Natural Resources planted 40 million oysters and the SRA/ORP partners leveraged community fundraising to plant an additional 5.1 million spat on shell. There were planted on three other historic oyster bars where the US Army Corps of Engineers had previously laid down substrate (hard surfaces) so the oysters will be above the muddy bottom of the Severn River.

These oyster restoration plantings are all part of SRA’s mission to one day have have 1.3 billion mature oysters cleaning and filtering the Severn every few days.

More good news ahead: A new report from SRA will detail how our oyster dive team has found proof that natural oyster reproduction is beginning to occur in the Severn.

Operation Build a Reef: Severn River was funded solely through grassroots donations from individuals, families, and businesses like title sponsor Smyth Jewelers, as well as the M&T Bank Charitable Foundation, and the Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. The program was made possible by Horn Point Laboratory, who diligently worked to spawn oysters, and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources who provided in-kind support. Learn more at

GreenGiveSRA is a GreenGive participating organization.

#sraontheriver #oysters #waterqualitymonitoring #waterkeeperalliance #severnriver @oysterrecovery #riverkeeper

Photos: Blue Moon Photography

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Hopkinson paddling the bay

This program is part of a host of programs about the Chesapeake Bay. One of the most fascinating is Power of the Paddle. Here is MPT’s description:

When Chris Hopkinson, a 46-year-old father and standup paddleboard enthusiast decided to embark on a 200-mile journey through the nation’s largest estuary, plenty of people called him crazy. Chris was just glad they were paying attention. Inspired by his daughter’s science project and new-found knowledge that a single oyster can filter up to fifty gallons of water a day, coupled with the fact that the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay is at historic lows, Chris wanted to do something big to raise awareness for oyster recovery.

Power of the Paddle is a half-hour documentary that tells the story of the first-ever attempt to paddle the length of the Chesapeake Bay. The nine-day journey is fraught with powerful winds, unpredictable storms, and Chris’s own haunting doubts. Motivated by a desire to keep the bay clean for his kids and theirs, Chris is anxious to unleash the power of the paddle.

Accompanying and filming Chris fro his kayak was someone you may know, Bryan Gomes, Education Coordinator at ClearShark H2O, a familiar face at many Annapolis Green events. The journey not only raised awareness, it raised thousands of dollars for the Oyster Recovery Partnership.

See the trailer and don’t miss this inspiring documentary by Katie Sheridan.

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Chris Hopkinson on his SUP in Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay Paddle Presentation

Many of us have motored or sailed the length of Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States. But can you imagine paddling the entire 200+ miles? Chris Hopkinson recently completed the journey on a standup paddleboard in order to raise funds for the Oyster Recovery Partnership. Eastport Yacht Club’s Environmental Committee is bringing Chris to the club to put on a virtual talk for the public about his trip.

Chris started his paddle from Havre de Grace on September 18 and reached the Atlantic Ocean nine days later, September 26. That was the week of strong winds, which caused a route shift from the Western shore to the Eastern shore and made the journey extra difficult.

Kayaker Bryan Kent Gomes accompanied Chris and captured the trip to share with us. Check out his blog on

The presentation will be broadcast on Facebook. No registration is required, just log into

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oyster recovery partnershipPsip n' shuck imageresented by the Oyster Recovery Partnership, it’s a free virtual Zoom happy hour featuring a few of ORP’s partners who’ll teach us how to order, shuck, store, prepare, and pair oysters at home!

Shuck Along with Us! – Maryland oyster farms have struggled through the pandemic due to restaurant closures. They need our support now more than ever. Certain farms are offering direct to consumer deliveries. Place an order and have oysters on-hand to hone your shucking skills during the virtual event – and to enjoy afterward. Read more here & place an order.

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