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Old 08-05-2018, 02:52 PM
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I imagine it will be weeks until it clears. Maybe Labor Day? We just returned from Hatteras. You should see the Rapp at Fredericksburg. Usually it's clear and rocky at the I95 bridge. Way high and complete chocolate milk. The Potomac and Monocasy rivers as well. Bay is going to be a muddy mess for some time.
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Old 08-05-2018, 03:27 PM
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You might want to know where the Md drinking water comes from when the resoviers get low. I know I can't spell.
The idea that PA and NY should clean up their banks is totally logical. Blaming the dam and the owners is just idiotic.
So the basin behind the dam is not full of sediment?
Without the dam the amount of sediment coming from New York and PA is a smaller amount, even with the large rains we have had.
When a large amount of gates are opened at one time, the sediment kills oysters, clams and grasses.

The white clams were finally making a come back. I guess that will be put on hold for another 45 years, if ever.
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Old 08-05-2018, 03:40 PM
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Originally Posted by BMore Cruiser View Post
Is the abay getting much better, wondering when it will be safe to cross in the middle/upper bay? I boat out of the Patapsco.
The water is still muddy/murky looking, and the farther east you go, the worse it looks. Lots of widespread smaller debris today. Not near as bad as last week though. Today the murky water was wide spread. Yesterday it was better on the western side, and a distinct line with a color change, and debris along that line on the Eastern side. My boat is also on the Patapsco, on Bear Creek. As long as you keep a vigilant eye for the stuff, you should be ok.
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Old 08-05-2018, 04:07 PM
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Guys, with 4 to 5 inches of rain in York and Lancaster Counties in South Central Pa, Friday Nite and Saturday, more water is coming downstream. Safe Harbor Dam flow is more than double what it was 2 days ago. Lots of creeks overflowed their banks. More stuff is coming downstream but not as bad as last time.
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Old 08-05-2018, 05:53 PM
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A lot of muddy water still flowing into the Patapsco. Middle Branch area looked horrible today. You should still be vigilant on large floating debris in the area.
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Old 08-06-2018, 05:21 AM
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The first two shots were in the middle of the bay around the Brewerton Channel. The last was on the Eastern side above Rock Hall.
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Old 08-06-2018, 09:14 AM
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I posted on this topic but about the Delaware River. Ok, you guys have us beat.
The Delaware has those big trees floating down right now but they are about 200í apart not 2í apart. This looks like the aftermath of a tsunami. Hearing that you would even think about launching a boat for any other reason than to go rescue someone is nuts.
Id think your guaranteed to damage something.
Two years back on the Delaware while a little above idle speed (1,000 rpm) we bumped a submerged log floating just under the surface. Never saw it until after the strike when it came up for a brief moment to go back under waiting for its next victim. That cost me a repair bill for a spun prop.
I share this to encourage others not to risk their boat or safety when they see conditions like shown above.
Its not worth it.
I assume also that you guys will have to keep a sharp eye on the bay for some time to come with all that trash. Canít see it going away anytime soon.
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Old 08-06-2018, 06:22 PM
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I slip in the Magothy river

i did a little trip yesterday (Sunday) into the bay to see how things were looking

from the mouth of the Magothy (about 5 miles north of the bay bridge) to the center of the channel it looked mostly clear.

i think most of the flotsam has made its way further south.

still wouldnít advise any high speed running though...there are definitely still big chunks of floating debris but Iíd guess itís down to about 10% of what it was a week ago
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Old 08-07-2018, 05:24 PM
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Just got back in from Port Deposit area and the river is a bit muddy and cloudy but no large debris. Couple of guys fishing at the town launch had a nice rockfish and a ton of cats on their stringer. They also released a smaller rockfish.
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Old 08-08-2018, 02:45 PM
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This is one reason why I haven't been out. I'm letting some of this debris settle or wash up on shore somewhere before I put my transom in the water.
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well...debris not quite clear of mid-bay. a guy from my marina headed out of the Severn this afternoon bound for st. mikeís in a 52 riviera; he got across the channel to the eastern side heading toward bloody point, then BOOM. circles back around and realizes he ran though a huge mostly submerged debris field. finds a log thatís 3-4 foot in diameter with a huge gash in it.

came back to the dock under single power as there were severe vibrations while running the other engine. heís hoping itís only prop damage at this point.
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well...debris not quite clear of mid-bay. a guy from my marina headed out of the Severn this afternoon bound for st. mikeís in a 52 riviera; he got across the channel to the eastern side heading toward bloody point, then BOOM. circles back around and realizes he ran though a huge mostly submerged debris field. finds a log thatís 3-4 foot in diameter with a huge gash in it.

came back to the dock under single power as there were severe vibrations while running the other engine. heís hoping itís only prop damage at this point.
ouch. That sounds expensive. Sorry to hear your buddy thumped something. Iíd be hoping itís just the prop too as even a prop isnít gonna be cheap.
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Old 08-10-2018, 05:10 PM
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Ugh. We are hoping to go to Cambridge tomorrow for the crab fest.

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I reserved a slip at St Michaels this weekend myself... guess Iíll be taking it easy heading over
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Old 08-10-2018, 11:32 PM
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I reserved a slip at St Michaels this weekend myself... guess Iíll be taking it easy heading over
I crossed over from St Michaels to Annapolis Friday afternoon. There were some large logs and smaller branches in the middle of the bay in an area east of the Thomas Point lighthouse. Pretty easy to see - Bay was quite flat and visibility was perfect. I ran high 20s to about 30 and felt comfortable. Nothing at all in the east bay or Miles River. Only damage was a lost 12 inch by 18 inch District of Columbus flag on an 18 inch teak flagpole that flew out of a rod holder sometime on the trip back. On an unrelated note, there was a pod of several porpoises playing in the Miles River just past St Michaels at around 5 pm yesterday (Friday).
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Old 08-11-2018, 06:58 AM
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I was up in dc around that same time. Potomac up there looked very similar.
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If you are heading towards St. Michaels or elsewhere on or near Eastern Bay be careful. I had a sea trial yesterday and we ran from the Kent Narrows bridges to just below Parsons Island and there was a large number of really big logs and trees in the water. Not too much little stuff but probably 30 big pieces of debris with most of it just south of the channel into the narrows. I've been on the Eastern Bay at least once very couple of days since the storm and this is the most debris I've seen yet -- be careful.
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Old 08-11-2018, 04:54 PM
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Here is an idea of some of the larger debris that we saw at the bay bridge today. There were a hand full of these that we saw. Iíd say it was about 5í and maybe 10Ē in diameter. Not something to mess with thatís for sure.

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I went out of Sandy Point today and leaving the inlet was a zig zag deal. Lots of big logs still in the water. Be careful.
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Originally Posted by mdman352 View Post
I went out of Sandy Point today and leaving the inlet was a zig zag deal. Lots of big logs still in the water. Be careful.
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