May 28, 2008

City awards funds to map creeks

The City of Annapolis has awarded an $80,000 contract for an Annapolis watershed study to McCrone Inc. of Annapolis to film and digitally map problem spots in four creeks that flow into the Severn River, along with public meetings.

The study of Weems, College, Spa and Back creeks will:

*provide scientific and mapping data for all four watersheds; computing the impervious surface and tree canopy coverage;

*identify the condition of all water quality and quantity control structures;

*recommend specific opportunities for recreation, habitat restoration and the improvement of historical sites, including a walking trail/greenway between Weems Creek and Back Creek;

*develop a restoration and enhancement strategy for all four creeks.

The study is expected to be completed by November.

The city is encouraging residents, environmental activists, churches, schools and businesses to help by contacting the city and sharing observations and recommendations.

To participate, contact Shannon Rose at annapolis water@yahoo.com or 410-263-7997.

Golf tournament benefits shelter

The Friends of the Light House Shelter will host the Light House's fifth annual golf tournament next week to benefit Anne Arundel County's homeless shelter for women, men and children.

The June 6 tournament will be held at Renditions Golf Course in Davidsonville. Tickets cost $150 and include breakfast before the game, beverages throughout and lunch. Opportunities for raffle prizes will be available, and awards will be given at lunch for various contests. Last year's tournament raised $18,000.

To become a sponsor, register a foursome or learn more about the tournament, visit http://lhshelter.2008.golf reg.com or contact event coordinator Colby Wicker at wicker@AnnapolisLight House.org or 410-268-4251.

Water quality results now online

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health last week began providing water sampling results for county beaches on its Web site and water quality phone line.

Water quality results are available at www.aahealth.org and at 410-222-7999 through Labor Day.

The Web site and phone line also report emergency closings of local waterways. The Web site allows people to sign up to receive free e-mail notifications when a county recreational waterway is closed or an advisory is issued by the Department of Health. To sign up for free e-mail notifications, visit www.aahealth.org/wqlea din.asp.

The department routinely collects water samples from 107 county beaches during the summer and tests them for enterococci, bacteria found in mammals' intestines.

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