In the latest State of the Bay Report, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation gives the overall Chesapeake Bay a rating of C-. Unfortunately the Indian River doesn't score anywhere near that good. June 3rd is Clean the Bay Day and your opportunity to make a hands-on impact and help remove trash from around our waterways. The Friends of Indian River is sponsoring cleanups at two sites: Indian River Park - this year in the stream bed below the Pony Baseball Field on Paramont; and at Plymouth Park on the west side of the river. We need your help. See below for more info and on how to RSVP.
Our speaker this month on May 18th will be Laurie Fox who will discuss how to create a sustainable garden from beginning to end.
Also don't forget to submit nominations for the Chesapeake Notable Yards Contest at http://www.cityofchesapeake.net/government/Boards-Commissions/full-listing/ceic/award-programs-contest/Notable-Yards-Nomination-form.htm
Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
Date: Thursday, May 18th, 7 pm
Location: Oaklette United Methodist Church, 520 Oaklette Dr.
Date: Saturday, June 3rd, 9:00 am to Noon
- New Location: Indian River Park at the Little League Ball Field on Military Hwy and Paramont Ave - 2305 Paramount Ave.
- Plymouth Community Park at 701 Pond Lane (two blocks north of Border Rd).
Please wear closed-toe shoes, a hat and bring work gloves and other items that may be useful. There is also trash to be collected from the flood plain of the creek, which is wet; bring rubber boots if you can help in this area. Participants under 18 years of age must have adult supervision.
To help our planning, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, tell us which site you want to support. (Last minute volunteers are still always welcome).
- See some photos from our Earth Day Event at Indian River Park at https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofIndianRiver/posts/1432442320154448
- The City is looking for nominations for this year's Notable Yards Contest. If you think you or your neighbors have a yard that "Looks Good and Is Good For Nature" nominate it! Judges are looking for visual appeal and garden design, healthy lawn practices, native trees, shrubs and flowers, food gardens and/or wildlife habitat, rainwater harvesting and runoff control, and as a new bonus category, homeowner who are active in the community. Winners receive a $50 gift certificate to White's Nursery. Nominations are open through May 31st and judging will be in June. http://www.cityofchesapeake.net/government/Boards-Commissions/full-listing/ceic/award-programs-contest/Notable-Yards-Nomination-form.htm
- Do you live along the tidal waterway? Well, you can help the river by becoming an Oyster Gardener. Help raise baby oysters off your shoreline, especially if you have a pier or other easy access to the water. And best of all, we will likely be able to keep many of the oysters raised on newly established reefs along the mouth of the Indian River. Chesapeake Bay Foundation led Training classes start in June. See Lynn in this 1 minute video explain how easy it is and learn how you can sign up.
- Additional Upcoming Dates
- Saturday, June 3 from 9 am to noon - Norfolk Highlands will be sponsoring a community clean up. Meet at Cornerstone Christian School, 1212 Willow Ave
- Tuesday, June 6 at 7 pm - Chesapeake Town Meeting at Indian River High School
- Saturday, June 10 from 9 am to noon - Chesapeake Recycles Day at New Galilee Baptist Church, 1765 S Military Hwy
- You can now also become a member of the Friends of Indian River, renew your membership, or make a donation online at http://www.friendsofindianriver.org/p/membership.html