Northern High School, a participant in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Bay School program, brought together 11 other area schools at this event, which focused on local water quality and habitat issues. Workshop topics included water testing, oysters, exotic species and hazardous waste. Student presenters demonstrated their understanding of watershed issues.
Chesapeake Bay Trust Board members Dr. Torrey Brown, former Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and Midgett S. Parker, Esq., of the law firm Linowes & Blocher, LLP, opened the proceedings with a check presentation to Northern High School teacher and event coordinator Joan Johnson. "Mrs. Johnson exemplifies the drive and dedication that makes for a great educator," said Brown, "and this event is exactly the type of activity the Trust likes to fund. Not only has she provided an environment in which her students share what they have learned with students from a number of schools, but she has also created a wonderful symbiotic partnership with Morgan State in the process."
Established by the General Assembly of Maryland in 1985, the Chesapeake Bay Trust is a private, nonprofit grantmaking foundation. Proceeds from private donations, the Line 37 Maryland Income Tax Checkoff, and the State of Maryland's "Treasure the Chesapeake" Blue Heron Commemorative License Plates allow the Trust to fund projects that, to date, have engaged over a quarter of a million schoolchildren in the Chesapeake Bay region.