Maryland Wade-Ins Evolve Into Popular Community Events - Southern Maryland Headline News

Maryland Wade-Ins Evolve Into Popular Community Events


MARYLAND - Since retired Maryland State Senator Bernie Fowler challenged Maryland’s Tributary Teams to conduct wade-ins in their watersheds back in 1997, the month of June has unofficially become the “Wade-In Month” across the State of Maryland. Many of the Tributary Teams have embraced the wade-in as their annual public education and outreach event and have strived to make it bigger and better each year. As a result, each watershed’s wade-in is evolving and establishing unique traditions while maintaining the core values of the “Sneaker Index.”

2007 Wade-In Schedule

5/12—Lower Potomac Tributary Team partnering with the Piney Point Lighthouse Festival at the Piney Point Lighthouse and Museum, Lighthouse Road, Piney Point. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Contact Mike Bilek at 410-260-8988 for more information.

5/20—Patapsco-Back Wade-In at Fort Smallwood Park, 9500 Fort Smallwood Road, Pasadena. 11a.m.- 2 p.m. Contact Carrie Decker at 410-260-8723 for more information.

6/2—Upper Eastern Shore Wade In Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center
P.O. Box 519, 600 Discovery Lane Grasonville, Maryland 21638; 10am to 3pm; 410-827-6694. Contact Carrie Decker at 410-260-8723 for more information.

6/3—Lower Potomac Tributary Team partnering with the Port Tobacco River Conservancy Wade-In at Chapel Point State Park, Chapel Point Road off Route 6 (near La Plata), Port Tobacco. Time TBA Contact Mike Bilek at 410-260-8988 for more information.

6/9—Upper Western Shore Wade-In at Anita Leight Estuary Otter Point Road, Abingdon. 2-5 p.m. Contact Carrie Decker at 410-260-8723 for more information.

6/10—Patuxent River-Bernie Fowler Wade-In, Brooms Island Time TBA Contact Claudia Donegan for more information at 410-260-8768

6/12—Lower Eastern Shore Tributary Team Wade-In at Cherry Beach Park on the Nanticoke River, Sharptown. Time TBA Contact Mike Bilek at 410-260-8988 for more information.

6/23—Choptank Wade-In, sponsored by the Oxford chapter of Boatbums International, to benefit MD Special Olympics, Oxford. Time TBA. Contact Mike Bilek at 410-260-8988 for more information.

6/23—Lower Western Shore - South River Federation’s Sojourn and Wade-In in Anne Arundel County, Edgewater Beach. Time TBA. Contact Claudia Donegan for more information at 410-260-8768

6/24—Lower Potomac Tributary Team’s Wade-In at the Mirant Mid-Atlantic Morgantown Power Plant (near the MD 301 Bridge) Morgantown, Charles County. 2-5 p.m. Contact Mike Bilek at 410-260-8988 for more information.

All events are free and open to the public.

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