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SRA Educational Meeting: Fishing and Exploring the Severn River by Kayak. Free and open to the public.
7 PM Tuesday, February 28, 2017, Union Jack's Pub, 2072 Somerville Rd, Annapolis, Maryland 21401. MAP

What better way to treasure the Severn River than to learn how to fish – and to do it by kayak! It's a great way to enjoy the gorgeous scenery along the Severn River and to appreciate golden opportunities to observe a wide variety of wildlife. And, there's public access, so everyone can enjoy the river!

Our guest speaker will be John Veil, an intrepid fisherman who braves local waters year round by kayak. John is also SRA's man on the water providing periodic fishing updates on SRA's Facebook page. Based on his 25 years of fishing the Severn River and other waterways, John will explain how everyone, from beginners and experts alike, can get out on the water and enjoy the outdoors – in any kind of weather and all year round.

And, he'll describe where he likes to fish, what types of fish can be caught and his many observations of the seasonal changes that occur in fish species. John will also set up an in-house kayak demonstration to explain how to choose a kayak, rig it for fishing, and select which types of fishing tackle to use. Many of these observations are detailed in a book John published last year, Fishing In The Comfort Zone.

John Veil has lived in Annapolis for 25 years. He serves on the Pro Staff team for Native Watercraft kayaks. He has worked in academia, as a state regulator, and as a national laboratory scientist. He is currently the president of a water and energy consulting practice -Veil Environmental, LLC.

Please update your membership for 2017 if you have not done so already.  Membership rates are $55 for associations, churches, clubs, and businesses and $35 for individuals. Click in the box above, or bring a check to our meeting, or send a check to Severn River Association, PO Box 146, Annapolis, MD 21404.If you have any questions, please contact 443.569.3556 (voicemail) or and we'll get back to you.

Past Educational and other SRA Meetings / Presentations.

SRA's invasive plant removal with the County Parks and Trails Department, May 10, 2016 on the B&A bike trail. Right to left are Alister Bell, Lynne Rockenbaugh, Lee Meadows, Patti Muir, ?, Bill Ball, Joyce Rosencranz and the ranger.

OPERATION CLEARWATER, 42nd Year, provides regular monitoring of the microbial water quality at your waterfront recreational area. We will monitor fecal enterococci again this year; these bacteria are indicators of contamination of water by fecal wastes of mammals and birds. For further information go to the Operation Clearwater link.


It’s time to consider joining or renewing your membership in the SRA.  We all “Treasure The Severn”, and your $35 ($55 for organizations) membership donation goes entirely toward making a meaningful impact toward a cleaner river - quantifying sources of pollution, educating residents of the watershed, attracting state, county, and NGO resources toward restoration efforts, providing technical and financial assistance to our active individual and community association members, and executing our hugely successful oyster restoration program.  

To review what SRA accomplished in 2016, please go to the President’s Letter.

For online membership or information on where to send your membership donation, go here.

If you need a tax receipt for your 2015 tax deductible donation, please reply directly to the SRA treasurer.

Rusty Gowland
Chair, SRA Membership Committee

On Sat. Dec. 5, 2015 a tree was planted and a dedication ceremony was held in the Magothy Greenway to honor Captain Walter "Jake" Jacobs, a longtime supporter and friend of the Severn River Association and many other watershed groups and causes. We all miss him.

Stormwater Action Fund, program update announced by SRA.

Oyster News, latest and back issues, plus complete details on how to volunteer.
SRA is a leading partner in the Marylanders Grow Oysters Program, sponsored by the MD Department of Natural Resources which distributes free cages and spat to four points in the watershed.  Please volunteer if you have access to a dock to hang cages from and time to care for the oysters from Sept-May.  The young oysters will be planted on the SRA Oyster Sanctuary reef near the Rt 50 bridge, where they will help cleanse the waters of the Severn.

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Severn River Association, PO Box 146, Annapolis, MD 21404
Telephone: 443.569.3556 (voicemail)
Our Mission Statement: The Severn River Association, a group of individuals and community organizations, advocates, educates, and acts to
protect and improve the health, ecological integrity, and quality of life for humans, flora and fauna living in the Severn River Watershed