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Digest (Aug. 13): Maryland chapter earns Trout Unlimited's highest national honor

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The Maryland chapter of Trout Unlimited has won the national Trout Unlimited's highest honor — its Gold Trout Chapter Award — for 2017.

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MDTU president Norma Haynes will accept the award at the TU 2017 annual meeting Sept. 29 in Roanoke, Va.

Each year, to the delight of anglers, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources stocks 131 streams and ponds with trout raised in the state's four trout hatcheries in Garrett and Washington counties.

The award recognizes the chapter that took the most innovative and thoughtful approaches to building community and advancing the TU mission: to conserve, protect and restore North America's coldwater fisheries and their watersheds.

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The more than 400 nationwide chapters are judged on criteria relating to conservation, communication, member and community engagement, fundraising and chapter development.

The brook trout an environmentally sensitive fish that goes belly-up at the first sign of danger has made its survival a mission for Scott Scarfone, coordinator of the Upper Gunpowder Watershed Brook Trout Conservation Partnership. Three centuries of deforestation, poor agricultural practices and other man-made ills have warmed and muddied streams, reducing the fish's population by 90 percent along the Eastern Seaboard, its natural habitat, conservationists say.

"It is quite an honor for our chapter to receive this prestigious award" says MDTU President Norma Haynes, "It recognizes the dedicated service our board members and volunteers have provided to help improve our aquatic ecosystems and engage with the community."

The Maryland chapter's work includes initiation of a restoration of a section of the Jones Falls near Lake Roland, establishment of a long-term multipartner approach to preserving native brook trout habitat in the Upper Gunpowder Falls watershed, and launch of a series of volunteer stream cleanups, currently targeting sections of the Jones Falls.

Seventy city youths — most of them first-time anglers — gathered at Leakin Park in West Baltimore for City Catch 2015

Conservation projects are supported in part by fundraising events such as the "Restoration Run" 5k race held each fall.

MDTU also supports youth environmental education programs. Now active in over 90 Baltimore and Washington-area schools, MDTU continues to expand the Trout in the Classroom Program locally, helping students and raise and release their own trout to learn firsthand about fish biology and stream ecology. Seventeen schools in the Baltimore area are now supported directly by MDTU volunteers through this program.

With trout attracted to mayfly nymphs in May and June, anglers on the Gunpowder River in Maryland are taking advantage of their opportunities to catch an elusive species of freshwater fish.

Additionally, the chapter's annual City Catch event, in partnership with the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, hosts 75-100 Baltimore youth at Leakin Park to fish and learn principles of aquatic conservation. A similar event takes place annually on Stony Run.

Formed in 1971, the Maryland chapter and its programs are operated entirely by the 600-plus community volunteer members, primarily from Baltimore City and Baltimore and Harford counties.

The Washington Mystics want the sharpshooting guard to become more comfortable and aggressive.

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Walker-Kimbrough scores 13 in Mystics' win Saturday

Rookie guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough (Maryland) scored a season-high 13 points on 2-for-6 shooting from the field and 7-for-8 from the free-throw line on Saturday night to help the host Mystics earn a 100-80 victory over the Indiana Fever for Washington's fifth win in its past six games. Walker-Kimbrough announced her presence from the start. She stole the ball on Indiana's first possession and drew two fouls early in the first quarter to get Washington on a roll. "The coaches, the players in practice continue to give me confidence," Walker-Kimbrough said, "and that really goes a long way." Coach Mike Thibault has leaned on Walker-Kimbrough heavily in the past two games as he adjusts to a shorthanded roster, and she will continue to figure into the starting lineup with guard Tayler Hill, the team's second-leading scorer, out for the season with a torn ACL and leading scorer Elena Delle Donne (sprained ankle) not expected to return until an Aug. 25 game against the New York Liberty. "Especially with Tayler being out for the rest of the year, we need some guards to step up," Thibault said. "Most of it for Shatori right now is understanding that we need her, that you can't just be out there, or I can't play you. If you're just going to be out there occupying space, it doesn't do us any good. Now you have to impose your will in the game. I told her on Thursday that she's done being a rookie. We don't want the rookie Shatori. We want the one that wants to be a veteran." Onetime Terps guard Natasha Cloud played 17 minutes in her first game back since injuring her right plantar fascia Aug. 4.

— Ava Wallace, The Washington Post

Major League Soccer: D.C. United (5-15-4) lost, 1-0, to visiting Real Salt Lake (8-12-5) on Sunday in the completion of a match that was suspended Saturday night because of a fierce storm. United was shut out for the 14th time and had its winless streak swell to eight games in league play (nine in a row in all competitions). Former United forward Luis Silva scored in the 64th minute as Real (8-12-5) won at RFK for the first time after seven defeats and three draws.

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— Steven Goff, The Washington Post

National Women's Soccer League: Boston Breakers forward Adriana Leon scored in the 79th minute on a pass from forward Ifeoma Onumonuto to give the Boston Breakers (3-7-7) a 2-2 tie against the host Washington Spirit (4-9-4) on Saturday night. Cheyna Williams had given the Spirit, playing at home for the first time in more than a month, a 2-1 lead in the 64th minute with her third goal of the season.

Laurel Park: R. Larry Johnson's Maryland homebred It's the Journey made it three wins in a row off an ideal trip under jockey Alex Cintron in Sunday's featured 10th race. Third in the 2015 Maryland Juvenile Futurity in his second lifetime start, It's the Journey ($3.60) went off as the 4-5 favorite in the $45,000 second-level optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds and up, running 6 furlongs in 1 minute, 9.53 seconds over a fast main track. The 4-year-old Mineshaft gelding, trained by Mike Trombetta, settled in the middle of a tightly bunched six-horse field as Stolen Love led through an opening quarter-mile in 23.13 seconds. American Progress pressed the pace to his outside while jockey Alex Cintron kept It’s the Journey poised to strike while in the clear three wide. It's the Journey won by by 2 1/2 lengths. Negrito was 3 1/4 lengths ahead of Cozze Cat in third. In the co-feature, Equine Prep Management’s 3-year-old filly Saida extended her winning streak to three races with a front-running 51/4-length triumph in a $42,000 entry-level allowance for fillies and mares 3 and older. Ridden by Sheldon Russell for trainer Cal Lynch, Saida ($12) completed one mile in 1:37.24 to win for the first time on dirt after overnight rain moved the race to the main track. It was her fourth win in five starts, all over older horses, the previous three on turf.

Archbishop Curley slugger Marty Costes committed to play baseball at Maryland on Friday.

College summer baseball: Marty Costes (Maryland, Archbishop Curley) hit a sacrifice fly in the third inning for a 1-0 lead and made a diving catch in left field with the bases loaded to end the seventh as the Brewster Whitecaps beat the Bourne Braves, 2-0, to win the Cape Cod League championship series two games to one. Nick Dunn (Maryland) had a hit for Brewster.

— From Sun staff and news services

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