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Yesterday was quite nice. Today will be partly sunny, with a high near 55 degrees. West wind 8 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 34.

Even with things warming up yestrday, the lake remains frozen in parts.  Here’s a nice photo submitted by Eric Williams of the frozen/slushy lake taken the other day.  Note:  Frozen lake water can be misleading and is always dangerous, especially as things start warming up.  Thanks for submitting the nice photo Eric.

lake ice 3-8-21 eric williams

Tracks in the Ice

As of yesterday, a total of 5,777 (19.9%) of Garrett County residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 3,337 (11.5%) have received their second dose. These numbers include residents who have been vaccinated at any location within Garrett County or elsewhere. The percent of Maryland residents who have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine is 16.9% and 9.3% for second doses. Definitely moving in the right direction…

State-wide, providers have now administered 1,584,753 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, and 93.6% of all first and second doses received from the federal government. Providers are virtually out of first doses while awaiting this week’s shipments from the federal government.

We heard from the DNR that 3,500 trout were stocked in Garrett County yesterday.  Youghiogheny River (Delayed Harvest): 1,000 rainbow trout; Youghiogheny River (Friendsville): 1,000 brown, golden, and rainbow trout; Youghiogheny River (Oakland): 1,500 brown, golden, and rainbow trout. Specific trout stocking details and locations can be found on DNR’s  trout stocking map.

In related news, I also heard that about 10,000 fresh water sharks (about 5′ long) were introduced into the lake yesterday.  The goal is to make things interesting come summer.  Actually, only kidding, just keeping you on your toes… No sharks.

If you have some strong Maryland Pride, or want to get some, while exploring some “best of” lists on the state, check out this site. Maryland is such a rich and diverse state and this site bring that out.

Just down the street: NOAA and partners working together on oyster restoration in the Chesapeake Bay are striving toward a challenging, but possible, goal. They plan to restore oyster reefs in 10 Chesapeake rivers by 2025. In 2020, the pandemic and protocols put in place to keep NOAA and partner scientists and experts safe as they worked threatened to delay progress. But despite some initial setbacks, the team conducted work when safe and possible. And that led to some big achievements!

And, speaking of NOAA, here’s some insight into resoration efforts and progress relative to habitat rejuvenation on the Great Lakes.  Working together we CAN turn things around.