May 24, 2024

SlackWater: The Fight to Clean Up a River

SlackWater on Patuxent River

What began as a simple community effort in the late 1970s to protect the Patuxent River evolved into an epic, unprecedented five-year battle to force the Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Maryland to recognize and remedy the problems of the river.

CSM Participates in Day of Caring

Day of Caring

Employees from the College of Southern Maryland headed to Farming 4 Hunger in Benedict, MD, recently to take part in the annual United Way Day of Caring.

Hoyer Joins Bernie Fowler’s Wade-In

Hoyer at Bernie Fowler's Wade-In

Congressman Steny H. Hoyer delivered remarks at former Maryland senator Bernie Fowler’s annual wade-in at Jefferson Patterson Park in St. Leonard. Each year, Mr. Fowler holds the wade-in to assess how far he can wade into the Patuxent River until he can no longer see his white sneakers. The non-scientific measurement, which is known as the “Sneaker Index,” helps to raise awareness about the health of the river.

Hoyer Picnic Fills Barn

Hoyer picnic

Serenity Farm on the Patuxent hosts Steny Hoyer’s fourth annual Southern Maryland Family Picnic.

Hoyer Attends Bernie Fowler Wade-In

hoyer at fowler wade-in

Bernie Fowler held the first Patuxent River Wade-In in 1988. This year the index was measured at 44 inches.

Bohanan & Fowler Continue Bay Efforts

John Bohanan grew up on the St. Mary’s River, Bernie Fowler on the Patuxent, they continue to wade in and fight for the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

26th Annual Wade-In Shines Light on River’s Health


Congressman Steny Hoyer says improving the health of our waterways requires conscious effort by all.