More than 150 local volunteer went to work with the Back River Restoration Committee (BRRC) on Saturday to participate in Project Clean Stream, an annual stream and shoreline cleanup sponsored by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.
The BRRC's efforts concentrated along the shoreline of Walnut Point and Cox Point Park. Since its founding two years ago, the BRRC has removed more than 300,000 pounds of trash from the Back River.
Among those participating in Saturday's cleanup efforts was Del. Mike Weir Jr. of the 6th legislative district, which includes Dundalk, Essex, Rosedale, Edgemere and Fort Howard.
"I went to Annapolis and tried to make Back River a scenic river," Weir said. "We couldn't get the state to come in with any money so we decided to put this group together and it has grown ever since.The cleaner the river, the better the fishing, crabbing and recreational opportunities. The waterfront really is an economic driver for the east side of the county with the restaurants, watermen and marinas."
Local crabbing legend and president of the Back River Restoration Committee Capt. Jerry Ziemski, a second generation watermen who crabbed the local waterways 32 years, was very proud of the group's efforts.
"If the residents keep this up you will see a big difference in the next few years. When I was into it there was a lot of money to be made," Ziemski said. "Then as the water got dirtier, the harvests got smaller. I just want to give something back. The cleaner the water the more crabs. During the late summer all the crabbers in the lower bay come up here to crab."
Here are some of images from Saturday's cleanup efforts.