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Local elected officials; Mr. Eric Schwaab-Deputy Secretary of DNR, Jeff Ghrist-Caroline County Commissioner, Addie Eckardt-District 37B Delegate, Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio-District 37B Delegate, and Mr. Howard Freedlander-Deputy Treasurer for External Affairs, State Treasurer's Office, joined Trib Team members for the 2009 Choptank Watershed Wade In. This year's Wade In was held at San Domingo Park in St Michaels on Saturday, June 13. More than 20 people participated in the Wade In while others watched from the shore. The official depth this year was 24 inches. This was the first year the Wade In was held at this location. Everyone is hopful that future years will bring improvements in water quality and water clarity.
The Wade In was held in conjunction with Environmental Concern's Open House and Native Plant Sale. Bill Wolinski (Talbot County) and Gene Slear (Environmental Concern) announced an expanded program to grow oysters in La Trappe and San Domingo Creeks. The program will provide wire cages with oyster spat (young oysters) to pier owners in these creeks. When the young oysters are grown they will be relocated to sanctuaries nearby. Oysters are filter feeders and it is hoped that expanding oyster populations will result in clearer water.