Public Outreach and Engagement
The success behind MCBP is the multitude of partners and their work to improve and preserve our precious bays through public outreach and engagement.
Some of the more current outreach and engagement programs include...
Bayfriendly Lawns - Is your lawn bay-friendly?Take the test. Bay friendly residents practice techniques that protect drinking water, reduce exposures to harsh chemicals, protect important habitats and ensure the long-term health of local bays, creeks and waterways. If you mail it back to us we will send you a bayfriendly certificate. Click here.
Speaking for the Bays...Would your community or civic group like to learn more about MCBP? Contact us and let us know of your interest. We can bring you up to speed on the progress of our management plan and how your group can become involved, or we can show you how rain gardens can help your community and help the Bays... or we can fill you in on citizen science projects and volunteers opportunities. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a speaker for your meeting.
Grow Berlin GreenGrow Berlin Green, a joint effort of MCBP, Assateague Coastal Trust and the Lower Shore Land Trust, is a campaign to educate the public and elected officials about the benefits of TDRs, green building, spray irrigation, and a walkable, bikeable community during the plan revision process. Click here to learn more.
Water Quality MonitoringWe are dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the resources of the Coastal Bays. To help achieve this goal, a volunteer water quality monitoring effort was initiated by the Citizens' Advisory Committee and MCBP staff in 1997.
The volunteer program has since been integrated into a larger MCBP monitoring program in which dedicated volunteers have participated in for over 10 years. Data collected by this program adds to existing monitoring efforts by providing general long-term data in areas which are not routinely monitored, providing more frequent sampling (two times per month) to provide greater insight on the extent and duration of algal blooms, and providing observational information on living resources (such as fish kills and crab jubilees, both of which are caused by low oxygen concentrations in the water). Click here for a water quality monitoring report.