On Saturday, November 9, 2019 NOAA, the State of Maryland, and Charles County are hosting a community celebration for the designation of Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary, established to protect the remains of more than 100 abandoned steamships and vessels built as part of America’s engagement in World War I. Mallows Bay, about 40 miles south of Washington, D.C., is the first national marine sanctuary designated since 2000.

The community celebration, which is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Mallows Bay Park, will provide the public an opportunity to learn more about Mallows Bay through educational displays, nature walks, and oral histories about the sanctuary’s maritime heritage. The event will also recognize the State of Maryland, Charles County, and dedicated partners for their tremendous support for the designation.

For event details, visit: https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/mallows-potomac/celebrate.html