Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) will host its annual State of the Rivers Party on Friday, April 12 at 5pm at the Talbot County Historical Society Auditorium, in Easton, Maryland. Nine-term U.S. Congressman, Wayne T. Gilchrest, will be the guest speaker.
Additionally, MRC Riverkeepers will release the results of the 2012 State of the Rivers Report Card. These results assess the water quality samples collected by MRC scientists and the 50 or so Midshore Creekwatcher volunteers on all of our local rivers for the past year. This year, Eastern Bay and the southern tip of Kent Island have been added to MRC’s sampling jurisdictions. Included as well are the Choptank, Miles, and Wye Rivers, the Tred Avon River, Harris Creek, Broad Creek, Island Creek, and La Trappe Creek. Portions of the Tuckahoe River were also sampled. Let’s see if our rivers score higher than a C this year!
Wayne Gilchrest is a distinguished Marine Corps Vietnam War veteran who received the purple heart and bronze star during his service in that conflict. Following his service in the military, he graduated from Wesley College and taught high school before being elected to Congress. He served for 18 years as the US Representative from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, consistently advocating for our interests and our environment, and was chosen Legislator of the Year. Among his many awards, in 2004 he received an Honorary Doctor of Public Service from Washington College, and in 2008 he received the John V. Kabler Award from the League of Conservation Voters. Wayne presently serves as the director of the Sassafras Environmental Education Center at Turner’s Creek, furthering his passion for environmental stewardship and education.
The event is open and free to the public and will conclude with a wine and cheese reception. Please come join us and welcome former Congressman Gilchrest back to Easton!