Long time no blog right. I know I know, well we’re coming into the height of grant writing season and hunting season is right around the corner. If you listen closely you can already hear illegal gun blasts off in the distance which brings me to my point of not having many cleans as of late. I am trying to organize some larger events that can involve quite a few people and therefor we can be sure that we do not seem to look like a herd of deer in the least so bear with me. There was however a successful clean as of late by the Shenandoah River Outfitters. If you remember correctly we were to be on this clean but some last minute urgency came up and we were unable to attend. They however did have a good clean-up and were able to get 2,000 pounds of trash and 66 tires. Not bad for a days work. I figured I’d let everyone know of their success and inspire a few to go out and do their part by helping the Shenandoah River Watershed on her way back to health. We will be getting back to you shortly, hopefully with some good news about a large clean that we need many hands helping with. Hope everyone has a great day and remember to keep on supporting your local non-profits.
Ten Must-Knows (or what no one told us) about Paddling the Tidal Potomac
A Pure Potomac Presentation by:
Whit Overstreet, Potomac Riverkeeper & Joe Hage, Sycamore Island Paddle Club
When: 7-8:15PM, September 20, 2011
Where: REI Fairfax, VA
What happens when a carefully planned 85 mile paddle turns out to be 132 miles? When campsites on maps don’t really exist? When you wake up and your once dry tent is floating on water? When sudden storms, scorching heat and changing tides require the right gear, creative sources of drinking water and often more than one “Plan B”? Find out as Whit and Joe recount their 7-day trek down the Potomac to raise awareness for keeping pollution out of our river. This promises to be as entertaining as it is informative for anyone interested in paddling and/or understanding the river. See their route, watch some of their videos and read their blogs at our Island to Island Trek website and then join us Tuesday evening.
For Directions and to RSVP for this event please visit the REI Fairfax event website.
11950 Grand Commons Ave
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: (571) 522-6568
REI is a national outdoor retail co-op dedicated to inspiring, educating and outfitting its members and the community for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. We offer our own line of high-quality award-winning gear and apparel, in addition to products from the top brands for camping, climbing, cycling, fitness, hiking, paddling, snow sports and travel. We are passionate about the outdoors and committed to promoting environmental stewardship and increasing access to outdoor recreation through volunteerism, gear donations and financial contributions.
Pure Potomac is a program of Potmac Riverkeeper focused on informing and rallying the DC region to protect the Potomac River, the source of our drinking water. Learn more and get involved at Potomacriverkeeper.org/pure-potomac.
Just a reminder that we are going to be helping Shenandoah River Outfitters with their annual river clean this Sunday the 18th. I plan on meeting at Edinburg Motors at 8:00 A.M. So bring a canoe, a pair of gloves and a sense of adventure because the South Fork outta be a lot of fun with the recent rain we’ve had. I know it’s early folks, but this way we can get in a good float and still have a day left afterwards. Hope to see everyone there.
Lots of good news as of late. We are as always busy with the clean-up department, but I have also been working very hard lately on expanding the organization into some other areas of interest swell. I would like to introduce everyone to our new volunteer coordinator Jennifer Dalke. She will be the one you are going to want to contact with volunteer inquiries. Her contact info is email@example.com. Be sure to stop by our website and check out the new changes that have been made. Hopefully soon we will have some great new things in the works for you. We are also looking for a few more positions.
1. Volunteer Grant Researcher and/or Writer (ideally 5-10 hours a week, or the most someone could give with a one year commitment)
2. Volunteer Coordinator (ideally 5-10 hours a week, or the most someone could give with a one year commitment) I’ve agreed to volunteer in this capacity
3. Volunteer Blog Writer– write interesting stories for Earth Korps every other day or as often as possible
4. Volunteer Accountant– runs the books, must have at least one year professional accounting experience and commit one year or more.
5. Volunteer Event Planner: Organize and plan 3 annual large events including the annual music festival. This includes researching and securing venues and helping to find volunteers for construction and tear down of events.
6. Volunteer webmaster: continue to build and maintain Earth Korps website as needed by updating photos, information about the non-profit. Professional experience in web building needed along with a one or more year commitment
7. Volunteer Marketer: help develop media strategies to expand Earth Korps reach and get the word out about events, volunteer opportunities, etc (ideally 3-5 hours a week with a one year commitment)
8. Volunteer Program Manager/Developer: develop and execute new programs for the organization to maximize growth
If you are interested in becoming a part of what we do and would like to apply for one of these positions please contact Jennifer Dalke at the e-mail address listed above.
Thanks and we look forward to working with you
Guess what we did today. We cleaned the river, that’s right. Remember the spot we cleaned last week and I said there was a bunch of stuff still there; well we went back today and got 22 tires from the same spot and a bunch of other rubbish too. It’s amazing how litter collects in certain spots, and this is no trash dumping related incident. It’s actually where the stuff gets trapped in the current when tides are high and when the tide goes back down here we are with a nice little collection spot of trash. I like to think of it as natures way of giving us a hand in cleaning up our own trash. Nature puts it in piles and we come and pick it up. So here are our pictures from the adventures of today. Enjoy!
Also folks, A lot of people say to me ” hey let me know when you’re cleaning and I’ll come help.” Although it’s a nice gesture, I don’t really have time to call up a hundred people once a week when I clean. I wish I did, but simply don’t have that kind of time. so lets all work together on this and click the “like” button on Earth Korps’ page on Facebook that way when I schedule a clean up event you are the first to know and you can feel free to come and help on any of my adventures. After all, who doesn’t like having good company and good help. Thanks for the support folks and remember you can subscribe to our news feed if you like the stories you hear and it will automatically send them right to your inbox every time something is posted.
South Fork of the Shenandoah RIver
I know a lot of you have been waiting on that big canoe trip to come out and get your clean on. Well guess what, it’s finally here. We will be going out on Sept 18th to help our friends Shenandoah River Outfitters do a massive clean. Last year we were able to get 8,700 pounds of trash and 150 tires in one day. Don’t miss out. I will have an exact meeting time and place coming to you soon.