MRC State of the Rivers Party with Guest Speaker Wayne Gilchrest

Photo-of-Wayne-GilchrestMRC State of the Rivers Party with Guest Speaker Wayne Gilchrest

Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy (MRC) will host its annual State of the Rivers Party on Friday, April 11 at 5pm at the Talbot County Historical Society Auditorium, in Easton, Maryland. Former nine-term U.S. Congressman, the Honorable Wayne T. Gilchrest, will be the guest speaker. 

MRC will release the results of the 2013 State of the Rivers Report Card. These results assess water quality samples collected by MRC scientists and 50 Creekwatcher volunteers in sampling jurisdictions on the Choptank River, Miles River, Wye River, Tred Avon River, Tuckahoe River, Harris Creek, Broad Creek, Island Creek, La Trappe Creek, and Eastern Bay on the southern tip of Kent Island. The 2012 State of the Rivers reported an overall average score of C for that year. The 2013 results will reveal if that grade improved over the past year.

Wayne Gilchrest is a distinguished Marine Corps Vietnam War veteran who received the purple heart and bronze star during his service in that conflict. Following his service in the military, he graduated from Wesley College and taught high school before being elected to Congress. He served for 18 years as the US Representative from the Eastern Shore of Maryland, consistently advocating for our interests and our environment, and was chosen Legislator of the Year. Among Gilchrest’s many awards, in 2004 he received an Honorary Doctor of Public Service from Washington College, and in 2008 he received the John V. Kabler Award from the League of Conservation Voters. Gilchrest presently serves as the director of the Sassafras Environmental Education Center at Turner’s Creek, furthering his passion for environmental stewardship and education.

The State of the Rivers Party is free and open to the public. Learn more about the health of our rivers, while enjoying beer, wine, BBQ and an oyster bar. For more information, email or phone 443.385.0511.