On June 12th hundreds of NOAA employees and partners participated in the 4th annual NOAA Restoration Day in two different states — one near the Patuxent River in Maryland and the other on the James River in Virginia. This event is growing every year as NOAA employees in Maryland and Virginia work to restore habitat at two important sites in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
NOAA Restoration Day is one of the largest voluntary federal employee sponsored environmental stewardship events in the Bay watershed. The Maryland event was held at the Jug Bay component of the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Maryland and the Virginia event took place at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Rice Center in Charles City, VA.
I was lucky enough to be able to help plan and organize this event with one of my coworkers. Although the logistics were tough with nearly 140 volunteers participating in the MD event, it was fantastic! I really loved being a part of this.
The only bad thing- I got a very random sunburn on the back of my knees! I guess I forgot to put sunscreen there…ugh. But other than that, an amazing day with NOAA employees helping to preserve a very special place.
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