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instruments that can
gather a variety of data
about the groundwater.
Last fall, the two groups
of students met once
at the site, where they
spoke with the land-
owner about changes
he has seen already,
and examined how
the groundwater wells
work. Though looking at the same
data, the classes are approaching
the research from slightly different
perspectives. The UMD agroecol-
ogy students are focused on agri-
culture and food production along
with soil health and the entire agri-
cultural system, while the WC stu-
dents are thinking more broadly
and about other aspects than just
traditional agriculture. In the up-
coming year, the WC students will
also have the opportunity to travel
to the U.S. Department of Agricul-
ture’s Beltsville Agricultural Re-
search Center, where Tully’s side
of the research is examining how
different cover crops can sequester
carbon dioxide. “For that lab, in-
stead of coming here and looking
at saltwater intrusion, we’re going
to look at the ability of cover crops
to mitigate climate change,” Fox
says. “They have all of these long-
term experimental plots where
they’re trying different types of
cover crops, and so it’s very much
more an agricultural perspective,
but it’s looking at how we can di-
versify our crops to maybe make a
difference in terms of how much
carbon dioxide we’re putting into
the atmosphere.”
Most people think of sea level rise
as something visible, but in Rebec-
ca Fox’s field methods in environ-
mental science class at Washington
College, students have begun long-
term research into an invisible po-
tential effect – saltwater intrusion
into agricultural fields on Mary-
land’s Eastern Shore. And, they’re
collaborating with students from
the University of Maryland, learn-
ing what it’s like to work with fel-
low researchers who aren’t even in
the same county, let alone on the
same campus.
Fox, assistant professor of environ-
mental science and studies, came
up with the idea with her friend
and collaborator Kate Tully, assis-
tant professor of agroecology at
UMD’s Department of Plant Sci-
ence & Landscape Architecture.
To jump-start the project, the pair
applied for and received funding
through MADE CLEAR, which is
funded through the National Sci-
ence Foundation’s Climate Change
Education Project. Fox used her
portion ($5,000) to establish a per-
manent research station on a farm
on the lower Chester River, where
she and students installed eight
groundwater wells equipped with
Newsworthy Notes From You The Readers
WC Environmental Science Students
Embark on Collaborative Study
in its application to Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency’s Na-
tional Flood Insurance Program’s
Community Rating System and
public outreach on risk reduction
to flooding; Somerset County – To
conduct an assessment of drainage
ditches in two areas of Deal Island,
which will also identify mitigation
needed to alleviate localized flood-
ing; Talbot County – To develop
communication strategies around
flooding risk and impacts, what
community members should do
during a flood, and how flooding
impacts may change in the future;
Town of Berlin – To develop a
Resilience Element for the Com-
prehensive Plan, including pub-
lic engagement, and addressing
short and long term climate im-
pacts; Town of Charlestown – To
develop a system wide inventory
of the town’s stormwater drain-
age system with a prioritized list
of improvements. Evaluate the
town’s floodplain management
regulations; Town of Deale Beach
– Assistance to the Deale Beach
Citizens Association in the design
of a living shoreline and to address
storm impacts and wave energy;
Town of Hebron – To support the
development of a study and re-
sulting stormwater management
plan to mitigate flooding issues;
Town of Oxford – To design green
infrastructure practices that ad-
dress coastal storm impacts, tidal
flooding, and stormwater runoff
on public and private properties;
Worcester County – To design a
natural shoreline stabilization and
marsh restoration project along
Isle of Wight Bay to address re-
current community flooding and
sea level rise; Worcester County –
To develop a wetland restoration
and natural shoreline stabilization
project on Tizzard Island in Chin-
coteague Bay.
The Maryland Department of
Natural Resources recently an-
nounced $700,000 in Climate Resil-
ience Grants to help communities
prepare for and recover from cli-
mate-related impacts. The grants
are designed to help strengthen a
community’s ability to assess risk
through planning and construct
solutions to boost their capacity
to withstand flooding and other
weather-related events.
Maryland communities awarded
grant funding this year include:
Anne Arundel County – Fund-
ing for the West River United
Methodist Center to address ero-
sion, sea level rise and stormwa-
ter pollution by a living shore-
line and regenerative stormwater
conveyance systems in the West
River; Cecil County – To develop
a countywide green infrastructure
network and plan using state plan-
ning tools and public input; City of
Annapolis – Assistance to the city
in its application to the Federal
Emergency Management Agen-
cy’s National Flood Insurance Pro-
gram’s Community Rating System
and public outreach on risk reduc-
tion to flooding; City of Annapo-
lis – To assist St. Mary’s Catholic
Church in the development of a
living shoreline along Spa Creek
that works in tandem with on-site
stormwater practices to address
water quality and quantity; City
of Laurel – Assistance to the city
Climate Resilience Grants
Awarded to 14 Maryland Communities
Students fromWashington College and the University of Maryland met
along the Chester River to study saltwater intrusion into groundwater.
$700,000 in grants have been provided to address
climate change, flooding, sea level rise.
Eric Stowe, and the social division
winners were Shawn Byrum and
Bernie Adkins.
Event sponsors were Angelica
Nurseries, Chestertown Builders,
Street Realtors, Francis J. Hickman
Mid-Shore Pro Bono hosted their
first “Toss for Justice” Cornhole
Saturday, June 16
at Wilmer
Park in Chestertown. 27 teams
participated in the event and more
than $7,000 was raised to support
Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s legal
assistance programs across. “It was
a beautiful day for Cornhole and
family fun,” said Sandy Brown,
Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive
Director. “Thank you to all of
our sponsors and participants
for attending and showing their
support for our work to provide
access to justice for the low-
income residents of the Shore.”
The winners of the competitive
division were Chad Stringer and
Mid-Shore Pro Bono Hosts
Successful Cornhole Tournament
Farm Management, The People’s
Bank/FAM&M Insurance, Quinn
Mortgages, Sandy Hale, Barbara
Jorgenson, Esq., Twigs and
Teacups, The BookPlate, Yerkes
Construction, Atlantic Broadband,
Duke Law LLC, Goss Associates,
Cassinelli Wineries, Shore United
Bank, Images, Inc., Steve Rideout,
Jan Eliassen, Christine Dufour,
Victor Sensenig, Kurt Landgraf,
Sagrada Familia de Jesus, Liminal
Solutions Psychotherapy and
Consulting, Ewing Dietz Fountain
and Kaludis, George Kennedy
and Spa Angels. The Maryland
Cornhole Organization was also
a key partner in the organization
and promotion of the event.
Live music was provided by Matt
King and the Unacceptables,
food was provided by The
Walker Family Food Truck, and
beverages were provided by
Don Tonio’s. The Orchard Point
Oyster Company was on on-site
providing their locally sourced
oysters to participants in the
event. Support from Shore Rentals,
Luisa’s Restaurant and Cross
Street Realtors made this event a
huge success.
Competitive Division Winners Chad Stringer and
Eric Stowe, with Ivette Salarich of Mid-Shore Pro
Bono and Event Sponsor, Stacy Kendall of Cross
Street Realtors.
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