Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER® (GRK) is a grassroots, advocacy based membership organization charged with protecting, conserving and restoring the Gunpowder River and its Watershed. GRK works to strengthen ties within the communities that benefit from this vital water resource by engaging in outreach activities, which have an inherent stewardship message that transcends economic, social and educational boundaries.
Theaux Le Gardeur, the RIVERKEEPER® and Executive Director of GRK, is a native of Covington, Louisiana and owns Backwater Angler, a full service fly shop and guide service located in Monkton, Maryland. He graduated from the University of South Alabama and completed a BS in Marine Science at Dauphin Island Sea Lab. He is a Maryland State sports License Agent, a Nature Tourism Partner with Maryland's Department of Natural Resources and has been a member of a steering committee that focused on user group conflicts and issues within Gunpowder State Park.
He is interested in promoting stewardship of natural resources, protecting the Gunpowder River Watershed and creating awareness of invasive species statewide. Theaux has testified before the Maryland State House of Representatives and the Maryland Sport Fish Advisory Committee on various resource based issues. He is a member of the Maryland State Water Quality Advisory Committee.
Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER® takes a proactive role in safeguarding the river from threats to the health and stability of the watershed by conducting scientific monitoring to ensure that it is being properly regulated and protected by the county, state and federal entities charged with enforcing Clean Water Act and other environmental regulations.
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Gunpowder Riverkeeper Projects
Gunpowder RIVERKEEPER® values the biological, recreational and economic aspects of the river. That's why GRK is committed to independent water quality testing for bacteria and other harmful pollutants in the watershed. GRK champions enforcement and compliance of environmental laws within the watershed to protect and conserve the river for all users.
GRK Project Areas Include:
- Monitoring Industrial Activities
- Stormwater Runoff Compliance
- Invasive Species Containment and Outreach
- Agricultural Runoff Compliance
- Environmental Monitoring and Mapping
- Lawn Fertilizer Nutrient Loading and Outreach
- Sewage Overflow Compliance
- Natural Gas Pipeline Development