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37th Annual Patuxent River Wade-In


37th Annual Patuxent River Wade-In
Credit: Congressman Steny Hoyer via Facebook

ST. LEONARD, Md. –On Sunday, June 9, 2024, the 37th Annual Patuxent River Wade-In took place to raise awareness about the health of the Patuxent River. This year’s official index was 25 inches.

The annual wade-in invites community members to walk into the Patuxent River and measure the “Sneaker Index.” The index was developed by the late Senator Bernie Fowler, who measured how many inches he could wade into the water and still see his white sneakers.

37th Annual Patuxent River Wade-In
Credit: Congressman Steny Hoyer via Facebook

The tradition has since been passed to his grandson Cody Fowler, who dons his Grandfather’s classic wade-in uniform: denim overalls, a straw hat, and the required white sneakers.

The goal for the index is approximately 57″, so there’s still some work to be done. However, the event isn’t as much about the index’s recording, but about bringing attention to the health of our environment, specifically the Patuxent River.

To learn more about Fowler and the origins of this tradition, click here.

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