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Cleaning Up The Bay - Barren Island

The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: Cambridge, MD
Date(s) & Time:Fri, May 1 2009  9:00 am  (Carpool Departure: 6:00 pm   *log in for location*)
Registration Opens: Fri, Apr 24 2009 12:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, May 8 2009 12:59 pm
Event Duration:6 hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Organizer(s):
Kevin Yue
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Member Cost:$18.00/Person (See Detailed Cost Info Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:25
Minimum Group Size:10
Number Registered So Far: 0 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No

Over the past century, the Chesapeake Bay has lost hundreds of acres of tidal wetlands due to human related and natural factors. The National Aquarium in Baltimore initiated a wetland restoration project on Barren Island to help offset losses and restore critical habitat in the Bay region. In addition, Barren Island represents a unique opportunity to restore habitat by putting dredged material from channel maintenance to beneficial use. The Baltimore District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was completing a periodic channel maintenance activity in the nearby Honga River, which was coupled with this restoration project.

The project includes filling large, geotextile fabric "tubes" with sand and placing them strategically just offshore of the existing shoreline. Between these tubes and the shore, material dredged from the channel maintenance activity was pumped to fill in and recreate lowland and intertidal marsh habitat. Once the material consolidated and drained, the Aquarium used its Aquarium Conservation Team of trained and motivated volunteers to complete the planting and monitoring of the Barren Island site.

A restoration project was designed to test this method, and to continue the use of volunteer divers in SAV restoration efforts. The novel approach of using "micropropagation," a laboratory-based method of reproducing numerous propagules from one parent plant, was the first step to provide the needed plant material. Following grow-out of the plant shoots in a controlled setting, material was transplanted to sites selected as having conditions that would support SAV survival.

We will be working with NOAA and the National Aquarium staff to continue the research and the wetlands planting for this project and we hope to see you there! There will be forms that need to be filled out prior to the trip, and the information will be sent out once the registration closes.

This is a camping trip and we will arrive on Friday night, do the wetland planting on Saturday and depending on how the group feels, we could do a hike on Sunday before heading home. We will be providing the food for Saturday breakfast and dinner and Sunday breakfast. If you have a tent that is more than 2-person, please bring it.

Required Items to Bring:
Long pants
Clothes you can get dirty in
Closed-toe shoes
Camping gear - Please see the MOC Camping Gear Checklist
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
Work Gloves

How to Get There:
Event Directions:From the Carpool:

1. Head east on Riva Rd toward Admiral Cochran Blvd/Admiral Cochrane Dr (1.0 mi)

2. Turn left to merge onto US-301 N/US-50 E (22.8 mi)

3. Take the US-50 E exit toward Ocean City

4. Slight right at Ocean Gateway/US-50
Continue to follow US-50 (33.6 mi)

5. Turn right at Crusader Rd

6. Turn right at MD-343/Washington St (0.7 mi)

7. Turn left at MD-341/Race St (1.3 mi)

8. Turn right at Cambridge Beltway/MD-16
Continue to follow MD-16 (5.0 mi)

9. Turn left at Golden Hill Rd/MD-335 (9.8 mi)

10. Turn right at Hoopers Island Rd/MD-335 (7.2 mi)

11. Turn right at Adams Rd
Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):0Mile(s)
Carpool Departure Time: 6:00 pm
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions

Please be thankful to your carpool driver by contributing money for gas or any fees incurred while traveling (park fees, tolls, etc).
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Cost & Payment:
Member Cost:$18.00/Person
Non-Member Cost:$20.00/Person
Cost Includes:Food for Saturday breakfast, Saturday dinner, and Sunday breakfast. Snacks for a hike on Sunday included as well.
Payment Cut Off:Payment must be received by the MOC on Fri, May 8 2009.
Make a Payment:Click here for the details. PLEASE PAY AFTER YOU HAVE SIGNED UP BELOW.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!
*Note: Since this will be in conjunction with the National Aquarium, if you sign up and need to cancel, please do so as soon as possible so a proper headcount can be provided to the Aquarium staff.