December 2, 2017 at 9 AM
Cut Bamboo at Lake Claire Beach
Thank you to all the volunteers that came to help !
What a crowd ! And yes, everybody should be proud of this enormous pile of bamboo stalks !
So, the plan changed a little, but the first step was to hopefully redirect water coming out of Fairwinds into a gully running under the bamboo, and not on the driveway to the parking lot. Mission accomplished. Let’s see if this helps.
There will be more work, but that is for later. The plan is to eventually eradicate all the bamboo, prevent it from returning from next door, establish step pools to stop the erosion, and plant shrubs and trees.
Lake Claire Phragmites
May 20, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Cut Phragmites
May 21, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Cut Phragmites
Meet by the Lake Claire Beach.
We will rent motorized brush cutters to make greater and easier progress. Come with rubber boots and yard gloves.
Little by little we are making progress. We have paid a professional to spray the area last fall, and we noticed that there was much less regrowth in the areas that had been cut in the spring. Looks like the dead Phragmites stalks when there are not cut intercept too much of the weed killer. So we will attempt to cut as much of an area as we can, to continue making inroads into these pesky Phragmites. We will pile up the cut stalks away from the houses, and will be allowed to burn the piles.
Come and help ! The more hands the better !
Project Clean Stream
On April 1, 2017 9 AM – 12 PM, we will participate in Project Clean Stream in Cape St Claire.
Plan to wear rubber boots, dirty jeans, and warm clothing to walk our streams and gullies, removing trash and invasive plants from several areas around the community. In the years that we have participated, we have removed old tires, bottles, cans, tarps, and more… Gloves and trash bags will be provided to gather our finds (!) and they will be removed by the County.
The more hands participate, the more trash we collect ! So please join us in this annual project to beautify the Cape and protect our environment !
Meeting at 9 AM on the small parking lot across Cape St Claire Road from Grauls.
For those that need GPS directions, 1343 Cape St. Claire Rd, Annapolis MD 21409
Lake Claire Restoration
This has been our first project, started under the “Friends of Lake Claire” name. The following actions have been on-going:
- Phragmites control. The species of Phragmites found around Lake Claire is originally from Europe, hence alien, and also invasive. It has been chocking Lake Claire for years. We have cut it, burned it, fed it to “Eco-goats”, and killed it with herbicide, and intend to continue. We are replacing the vegetation around the lake with native plants, hopefully flowering wetland plants, by spreading a special mix of seeds.seeds.
- Trash removal. We have removed trash from the shores of Lake Claire, as well as from feeder streams in the ravines leading to the lake.
- Erosion control. We have removed alien invasive plants, particularly vines, from the feeder streams into Lake Claire. We have planted native trees saplings and wetland plants to help control the flow of water in the streams during major rainfall events.
- Capers access. We have cut a path covered with mulch along one of the ravines leading to the lake. At this time, the path only goes part-way. The path is now surrounded with native plants, hopefully making it more inviting to walk, rest, or contemplate.
Little Magothy Beach Restoration
This project started Fall 2016. The first step has been to control the flow of water coming from the street onto the parking pad leading to the beach. This is being accomplished with the establishment of a rain garden; water was diverted from the street to a depression off the street, where various plants were planted to help water to percolate into the ground before reaching the parking pad.
More steps will be needed to reduce the amount of water arriving to the Little Magothy Beach.
More Projects in the planning
We have many projects that we are discussing, and starting to plan for. These include:
- Beach erosion at all beaches (discussed at the CSCIA quarterly meeting Summer 2016).
- Run-off at the Deep Creek boat ramp.
- Bamboo eradication along Fairwinds Marina.
- Run-off at Graul’s parking lot and ball field.
- Phragmites control at Little Magothy inlet.
- Erosion control at the Lake Claire Beach parking lot.
- and more…
All these will require upfront investments ! While we hope to obtain various grants to pay for the bulk of the work, the request for these grants often require site plans describing every aspect of the work to be accomplished. These plans require the participation of professionals, whom we will pay from the funds of the Cape Conservation Corps. This is one way you can help ! Our Harvest Bash fundraiser goes a long way (thank you to all who were there !). Your $20 annual membership donation (tax deductible) goes the rest of the way.
And these projects will also require time investment from volunteers. Many of these grants require community participation in manpower. The more of us showing up with shovels, and other implements, the better the community looks to the grant givers, and the more likely they will be willing to give us the next grant. So this is the other way you can help ! Whether or not you contribute with membership or Harvest Bash, give us you contact information (email is preferred) so we can let you know of the next work day.