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Tim Wheeler | June 11, 2012
Bernie Fowler evidently found the faintest glimmer of hope Sunday in his 25th annual Patuxent River wade-in.  The Associated Press reports the former Calvert County state senator and friends made it 35 inches deep into the river at Jefferson-Patterson Park in St. Leonard before they lost sight of their feet in the water. That's the clearest he's seen the water in a decade. Though his wade-ins are an unscientific survey of the river's health, it's the third year in a row Bernie's " Sneaker Index " has made it above 30 inches.
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Tim Wheeler | June 11, 2012
Bernie Fowler evidently found the faintest glimmer of hope Sunday in his 25th annual Patuxent River wade-in.  The Associated Press reports the former Calvert County state senator and friends made it 35 inches deep into the river at Jefferson-Patterson Park in St. Leonard before they lost sight of their feet in the water. That's the clearest he's seen the water in a decade. Though his wade-ins are an unscientific survey of the river's health, it's the third year in a row Bernie's " Sneaker Index " has made it above 30 inches.
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Tim Wheeler | June 8, 2012
As a young man in the 1960s, Bernie Fowler recalls he could wade chest deep into the Patuxent River and still see his toes as he netted crabs.  But the clarity of his beloved river plummeted over the years, along with the vitality of the rest of the Cheaspeake Bay. In 1988, frustrated with what seemed to him then as the slow pace of efforts to restore the river, Fowler, a state senator representing Calvert County, staged a wade-in to demonstrate graphically...
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Tim Wheeler | June 8, 2012
As a young man in the 1960s, Bernie Fowler recalls he could wade chest deep into the Patuxent River and still see his toes as he netted crabs.  But the clarity of his beloved river plummeted over the years, along with the vitality of the rest of the Cheaspeake Bay. In 1988, frustrated with what seemed to him then as the slow pace of efforts to restore the river, Fowler, a state senator representing Calvert County, staged a wade-in to demonstrate graphically...
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | June 13, 2004
BROOMES ISLAND - This afternoon, Bernie Fowler, the former state senator and indefatigable Southern Maryland environmentalist, will wade into the Patuxent River in coveralls and white tennis shoes for his 17th annual clear-water test. As usual, Fowler's wife, Betty, will serve fried chicken, children will sing "Chesapeake Born" and the old-timers will swap stories of a river so clear that they could see crabs scamper across its bottom. But this year, the usually folksy event is taking on a dire tone because the Patuxent River that Gov. Harry R. Hughes promised to help save 25 years ago continues to struggle for life.
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January 8, 1992
SenatorBernie FowlerDemocratMember of the Senate since 1983.Committees: Economic and Environmental Affairs, Executive Nominations Committee, JointCommittee on Legislative Ethics and Joint Committee on Chesapeake Bay Critical AreasAge: 67Profession: Self-employed businessmanHometown: Prince Frederick, Calvert CountyAnnapolis office: 210 James Building, Annapolis, 21401Phone: 841-3673DelegateGeorge W. Owings IIIDemocratMember of House since 1988.Committees: Constitutional and Administrative Law and the Joint Committee on Chesapeake Bay Critical AreasAge: 46Profession: Mortgage bankerHometown: Owings, Calvert CountyAnnapolis office: 217Lowe Building, Annapolis, 21401Phone: 841-3231
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | June 15, 1998
BROOMES ISLAND -- Rough weather and a burst of algae growth dampened visibility, but not spirits, at the 11th annual "sneaker test" of water quality in the Patuxent River.Former Democratic state Sen. Bernie Fowler checked the river's clarity by wading in, hand in hand with dignitaries and squealing schoolchildren. Fowler lost sight of his toes and stopped at 35 1/2 inches deep -- not as good as last year's 44 1/2 inches, but better than average for the unscientific test.Rain and warm weather have fueled an algae bloom, marine scientists said.
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October 25, 1990
Where experienced hands have made a difference, voters ought to reward incumbents with another term. Otherwise, change is in order. That is our reasoning for endorsing all of the county's state senators and recommending some new faces in the House delegation.Southern Arundel shares District 29 with Calvert and St. Mary's counties. Sen. Bernie Fowler has been a superior legislator, leading the fight for environmental causes. But in Arundel's Subdistrict 29A, Del. George Owings III has curried favor with gun enthusiasts and tobacco lobbyists.
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By John A. Morris and John A. Morris,Staff writer | March 30, 1992
State financing for the design of a controversial $80 million countyjail in Glen Burnie goes before the full Senate tonight, after winning approval of a budget panel last week.On a 7-3 vote, the SenateBudget and Taxation Committee approved a $1.25 million bond bill forthe design of a 650-bed detention center on New Ordnance Road. County Executive Robert R. Neall says the county needs the new jail to alleviate overcrowding at the county's 25-year-old Jennifer Road facility near Annapolis.Before forwarding the bill, the Senate panel amended it, requiring Neall and the County Council to agree on a location before the state will release the design money.
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July 25, 2007
Josephine J. Owen, a retired teacher who worked for environmental causes, died of cancer yesterday at her Lutherville home. She was 84. Born Josephine Januzik in Chicago, she was a Navy WAVE gunnery instructor during World War II and moved to Baltimore after the war. She earned a degree at what is now Towson University and taught in the Baltimore City and Baltimore County school systems from the mid-1960s through the 1980s. She served many years at Roland Park Middle School. Mrs. Owen was an environmental activist and worked to protect the Loch Raven watershed near her home in the Fox Chapel neighborhood.
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By Rona Kobell and Rona Kobell,SUN STAFF | June 13, 2004
BROOMES ISLAND - This afternoon, Bernie Fowler, the former state senator and indefatigable Southern Maryland environmentalist, will wade into the Patuxent River in coveralls and white tennis shoes for his 17th annual clear-water test. As usual, Fowler's wife, Betty, will serve fried chicken, children will sing "Chesapeake Born" and the old-timers will swap stories of a river so clear that they could see crabs scamper across its bottom. But this year, the usually folksy event is taking on a dire tone because the Patuxent River that Gov. Harry R. Hughes promised to help save 25 years ago continues to struggle for life.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF | June 1, 2005
Just how clear is the water around Annapolis? People can measure for themselves at the city's fourth annual Back Creek Wade-In on Saturday. In this low-tech assessment of water clarity, people wade into the water until they can't see their toes. The water line is then measured on their clothes. The wade-in is modeled after a similar event started in 1988 by Bernie Fowler, the former Southern Maryland state senator who leads a group into the Patuxent River each year. At Back Creek, Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer and other participants will walk into the water.
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By Tom Horton and Tom Horton,STAFF WRITER | June 20, 1997
You just wade out in the river,Give it all you gotRight up to your chest.And then you pick your spot.Next you take your peepersAnd cast them slowly downOn the day we see our feet againThere'll be celebration in this town.-- from "Bernie Fowler Day"by Tom Wisner TOM WISNER showed me a draft of his poem in the fall of 1986. He had this idea to create an annual event that would involve the public in restoring his beloved Patuxent River.It would revolve around how, as a young man, former southern Maryland state Sen. Bernie Fowler used to wade into the river near Solomons in the 1940s and 1950s to net crabs from the thick grass that carpeted its bottom.
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