What is a watershed? A watershed is the area of land where all of the water that is under it or drains off of it goes into the same place. Our watershed is the Chesapeake. We share this watershed with 5 other states: NY, WV, VA, DE, & PA. The Chesapeake is where our water comes from.
Roxanne Maffitt is a great teacher. Every semester, she organizes a trip with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. A few days ago, we set sail aboard the Snow Goose onto the Chesapeake Bay to learn more about it’s history and current bay preservation efforts.
That day it was 35 degrees out. On the water, it was 20 degrees. Mind you, we were freezing! But we got to learn about how 99% of the oyster population had died out due to pollution. In the 1800s, oysters in the bay were seen as nuisances, as the abundance was treacherous for boats to pass by them, risking damage.
According to Jocelyn of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the number of blue crabs are increasing, with the state government’s moratorium on harvesting the females. Apparently, each female lays hundreds of eggs which would increase the population.
We enjoyed the trip, complete with a packed lunch care of Prof. Maffitt.
Seen below are pictures of the class, fishing (where we only caught a solitary blue crab and some trash), and oyster digging.