What We're Up To
DCPG is involved in many projects and activities throughout Dorchester County.
Stormwater Education Station
DCPG partnered with Dorchester Tourism, the Nanticoke Watershed Aliance, Environmental Concern, and The City of Cambridge to build a stormwater educaiton station at the Visitor's Center at Sailwinds Park. The station, a small wooden frame structure, has permiable pavers for a floor, downspouuts connected to rain barrels, and a rain garden. Soon it will also have a green roof! Educational signs give homeowners examples of what they can do around their homes to reduce stormwater runoff to protect local tributaries and the Chesapeake Bay from the pollutants carried by stormwater.
Keys & Trees Fundraiser
Keys & Trees Fundraiser benefits DCPG's Creekwatcher water monitoring program. Come join us for a wonderful evening of music with guest speaker Bob Leverett, expert on old growth forests.
Dorchester resident Libby Nagel was recognized for a "lifetime devoted to stewardship of the natural and cultural resources of Dorchester County" at the DCPG Annual Meeting on January 31, 2016.
Since 2008, DCPG volunteers have been monitoring water quality at 9 locations every 2 weeks! There are 3 stations on the Little Blackwater, One on the Transquaking, the Chicomocomico, and 3 Choptank stations. Water quality indicators that are monitored include total nitrogen, total phosphorous, dissolved oxygen, e. coli bacteria, as well as temperature and turbidity.
This photo shows Creekwatercher Richard Ball demonstrating one of the qater quality meters to a group of local students.
Project Clean Stream
Every April we join with the Aliance for the Chesapeake Bay for Project Clean Stream. Groups throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed come together to clean up creaks, rivers, and waterways. "In 2015, Project Clean Stream brought in approximately 3.1 MILLION lbs of trash with more than 44,000 volunteers across 2,200 cleanup sites!"
Rain Barrel Art Project
DCPG provided 50 gallon plastic barrels to local artists to be painted. The barrels were later auctioned off at our Rain Barrel Gala event. The event was a huge success and the painted barrels were incredible! You may spot them around town or maybe in your neighbor's back yard.
Beautiful Swimmers Film Screening
DCPG sponsored a screening of the film Beautiful Swimmers on April 14th at 447 in Cambridge.