Every year, the retired state senator measures the river's health with his 'sneaker index'
Retired Maryland State Senator Bernie Fowler recalls life on the Patuxent River. Inspired by his childhood memories of clear water, he leads the annual Senator Bernie Fowler’s Patuxent River Wade In to measure how deep he can walk in the water before he can’t see his feet. His personal “sneaker index” is a unique way to gauge the health of the river and raise awareness for restoration efforts.
- Produced by Kaitlyn Dolan
- Special thanks to Bernie Fowler
Bay 101: Bay Grasses
What are underwater grasses, and how are they integral to the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem?
Bringing up baby oysters
The oyster hatchery at Horn Point laboratory churns out billions of the water-filtering shellfish
Signs of Resilience in the Chesapeake Bay
Explore progress in the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort