Chesapeake Yacht Club members are proud of the club’s long history of protecting the Chesapeake Bay.
The club is a certified Clean Marina by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and actively supports the WestRhode Riverkeeper. CYC hosts an advanced water quality monitoring station that provides real-time data for the Riverkeeper and the Maryland DNR.
The club recycles marine waste oil, marine batteries, and waste oil from the restaurant, and makes it easy for members to recycle bottles, cans, and paper.
With a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the WestRhode Riverkeeper installed a wetland garden on CYC’s campus to filter water from more than 2,400 square feet of impervious surfaces before it drains into the West River. The garden was installed by volunteers from both the Riverkeeper and CYC.
Many CYC members participate in the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s oyster gardening program, which is helping to clean the Bay’s water by rebuilding oyster reefs. Participants grow oysters from spat in cages that hang from the club’s docks. Once a year the young oysters are collected and added to growing reefs.