The Maryland Coastal Bays Program won Best in Show for its Under the Sea themed float in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ocean City on Saturday. The float was the first ever entrance in the parade from the Coastal Bays Program.
Assawoman-Isle of Wight-Sinepuxent-Newport-Chincoteague-St. Martin River Part of the National Estuary Program, the Coastal Bays Program is a partnership among the towns of Ocean City and Berlin, National Park Service, Worcester County, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Maryland Departments of Natural Resources, Agriculture, Environment, and Planning, which have come together to produce the first ever management plan for the coastal bays.
Maryland's coastal bays make up one of the richest, most diverse estuaries on the eastern seaboard. For more than a century, agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting, and more recently tourism, have sustained ways of life built on the land and water resources in this coastal community.