June 8, 2012
bernie fowler, Chesapeake Bay, Environment, patuxent river, sustainability, wade in
As a young man in the 1950s, Bernie Fowler stood chest-deep in the Patuxent and was able to see his feet on the river bottom while netting blue crabs.
Senator Fowler held the first Patuxent “wade-in” in 1988 to assess whether he could still see his white sneakers while wading into the river.
This became known as the “Sneaker Index.”
This is a conversation with Bernie where he tells of his love for this river and his desire to see it restored for future generations.
June 7, 2010
bernie fowler, patuxent river, tom wisner, wade in
The most famous feet in Maryland? … Well, truth be told, they still probably belong to Matt Stover, the former Ravens’ placekicker. But in the political arena, they undoubtedly belong to Bernie Fowler, the former state senator from Calvert County and guardian of the Patuxent River. In 1988, Fowler held his first “Wade In” at Broomes Island in the Patuxent to “measure” the health of the river by how far out he could walk while still seeing his feet, clad in white tennis shoes. He’d recalled as a young man being able to wade out to net blue crabs in the river and being able to look down about six feet. At the first Wade-In, he was only able to see down about 10 inches, but the event was an unqualified success. More