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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: Restoration and protection of the choptank, miles and wye rivers and their tributaries on maryland's eastern shore.

Programs: Anti-pollution advocacy, enforcement and pollution-reducing projects: mrc works to improve water quality through legal and policy advocacy. The riverkeepers support laws that protect our waterways. They work with state and local governments to maximize the environmental benefit of the tmdl constraints and the water implementation plans that each jurisdiction must now employ. They work with members of the agricultural community designing, funding and implementing pollution reduction projects. They patrol rivers and help state officials enforce conservation regulations.

education and outreach: mrc publishes 3-4 eight page newsletters each year, sponsors an environmental film festival each fall, hosts a tour de talbot bike ride to bring awareness to clean water issues, publishes periodic newspaper articles on river protection issues, promotes an oyster restoration program through the manufacture and sale of oyster floats, engages in an agricultural outreach program with farmers and sends riverkeepers to public forums, community groups, etc. To speak on river stewardship. Mrc conducts an environmental education and outreach program in high schools in talbot, dorchester and queen anne's counties.

water quality monitoring and testing: mrc monitors and tests water quality at over 70 sites multiple times each month on the choptank, miles and wye rivers and their tributaries. They test for water clarity, temperature, dissolved oxygen, nitrogen, phosphorus, and algal concentrations. They provide training, administrative, data analysis, and other support for this program. The organization issues a state of the rivers report card annually. The choptank and miles-wye riverkeepers patrol their watersheds by boat and air.

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