These are some of the many community events that Assateague Coastal Trust hosts or participates in.
OPERATION MEDICINE DROP
Did you know that sewage treatment plants can not filter out all pharmaceuticals, and discharge hormones, antibiotics and other similar substances into our waterways?
Until recently, consumers have been told to flush unwanted drugs. With technological advances and research, low levels of drugs are being found in our surface waters. Recent research by the U.S. Geological Service now confirms that some drugs pass largely unaltered through our wastewater treatment plants and enter our Bays and other waters.
Recent research has also shown that continuous exposure to low levels of medications has altered the behavior and physiology of fish and aquatic life. Male fish and crabs are being found with eggs or female organs, most likely caused by long term exposure to hormones and other endocrine disruptors.
NATIVE PLANT FESTIVAL
Assateague Coastal Trust will offer a selection of native flowering perennials and heirloom tomatoes at its annual festival. This year the event will be held in ACT’s large back yard, steps from the corner of Old Ocean City Boulevard and North Main Street in Berlin.
The festival, which also features nature-inspired crafts, opens its doors at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 5th. “It is always a good idea, however, to place plant orders in advance,” said ACT President Tom Jones. “That guarantees that gardeners will get the best of the plants that come from our growers.”
Eleven of the 21 perennials available are new to the ACT festival, and all plants are chosen because of their drought resistance and their natural ability to adapt to local gardening conditions. Native plant gardens require less herbicide, less pesticide and less fertilizer than exotic varieties, which is good for the environment and encourages habitat creation for native wildlife.
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