On November 25, 2015, two Girl Scout Cadettes from Troop 936, Ashley Whicher and Noel Pockey gave a presentation to Calvert County Natural Resources Division and Calvert Nature Society. Their proposal would help them earn their Girl Scout Silver. They wanted to install monofilament recycling containers at each of the five public fishing piers managed by the Natural Resources Division. The five piers would be King’s Landing, Flag Ponds, Hutchins Pond, Solomons Fishing Pier and Nan’s Cove.
Monofilament is fishing line and is not biodegradable, pollutes the water and is hazardous to wildlife, fish and sea life. Their solution is to give fishermen a place to dispose of their fishing lines, raising awareness of the dangers and recycling it into new products.
Their Silver Award Project is to raise the funds to build recycling containers, order informational signs and organize a volunteer event. They would then install them at the five locations.
The Girl Scouts met with the Calvert Board of County Commissioners, presenting their project and asking them to become a sponsor of their “Reel In and Recycle” program. There is no fiscal impact to the county, as staff currently patrols and monitors trash at these locations. The Department of Natural Resources would ensure that the monofilament would be shipped to the recycling facility in Spirit Lakes, Iowa.
Ashley and Noel attend Southern Middle School. The Calvert Nature Society has signed on as a sponsor. The Calvert Board of Commissioners signed on with their full support.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon