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SRA Educational Meeting, 7pm Tuesday, September 15, 2015. Maryland's Department of Natural Resources, 580 Taylor Ave., Tawes State Office Building, Annapolis, MD 21401. Ground Floor Conference Room. (map)
Power Boat Wakes – How Best To Deal With 'Em? presented by Mike McCormick, Professor Emeritus of Engineering at the US Naval Academy. His background includes hydromechanics, ocean wave mechanics, coastal engineering and computational fluid mechanics.
Power boat wakes are fun for kids swimming along the banks of the Severn Rive, and for jet ski guys and gals pretending they're James Bond. But they cause major shoreline erosion problems, destroying underwater grasses known as submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) aka seaweed. What are the most effective ways of dealing with powerboat wakes? Are there ways to contain and tame wakes so we can protect that SAV and the habitat they provide for aquatic life? What are the best ways to preserve and protect the banks of the Severn River from erosion? Mike's talk will address “hard” and “soft” techniques to tame the energy in power boat wakes. He'll explain the mechanics of sediment transport and whether living shorelines or armored walls of rip rap are the answer.
Oysters In The Severn: Are They Thriving, Surviving or Dying? Educational meeting was held 7 pm Tues July 21, Union Jack's restaurant, 2072 Somerville Rd, Annapolis. Are we on track to rebuild a healthy population of oysters in the Severn? Each year, volunteers from SRA plant thousands of young oysters on a sanctuary reef in the Severn River. The goal is to rebuild oyster habitat that clean our treasured river. How are the oysters doing? Are they healthy? Are they growing? Are they having an impact on filtering the Severn River? Speaking is Kennedy Paynter, PhD, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland's Center for Environmental Sciences, at oyster.umd.edu (more in our press release)
Great Estates on the Severn was held on Saturday June 20, 2015 and was a resounding success. This was
SRA's Tour/Fund-raiser at historic Belvoir Farms, lots of info by clicking on the link above.
Annapolis Forest Conservation Act: Who Will Stand Up To Protect Our Forests? was held June 25, 2015, at the Moyer Recreational Center in Annapolis. SRA and the Annapolis Neck Peninsula Federation joined to host a public discussion of proposals that would protect our environment and forested areas. The Annapolis City Council is working on epic new
legislation, a local implementation of the state Forest Conservation Act, to protect the environment during the development of residential and commercial properties. Alderman Jared Littmann and others
explained the proposals and to responded to questions.
SRA Annual Meeting was held 7 PM Tuesday June 16, 2015, our104th annual meeting for members and the public at Union Jack's restaurant.
Operation Clearwater 2015 provides regular monitoring of the microbial water quality at your waterfront recreational area, an excellent program for monitoring and improving water quality. Click here for further information about enrolling your community in this important program.
Past Educational and Other SRA Meetings
West Annapolis/Wardour celebration of Maryland Day, Saturday March 21, co-sponsored by SRA, celebrated native trees. An arborist discussed “Trees When to Remove Dying TREES and what TREES to plant in their place in Severn River Communities”. We also offered free seedlings, and $25 coupons for tree purchase at participating area nurseries, and displayed a working stormwater model to show how stormwater pollutes our watershed for students and their parents to actuate. Many other exhibits and events also occurred on Annapolis Street as part of the celebration.
SRA Educational Series, 7 PM Tuesday April 14, 2015, at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Philip Merrill Environmental Center, "Conowingo - What are the Options?" by guest speaker John Seebach, Vice President, Federal River Management, American Rivers. Just what can be done to contain a mountain of pollution in storage behind the Conowingo Dam? In its prime, the dam captured two-thirds of the pollution coming down the river and kept it out of the Chesapeake Bay, but it's now at full capacity. Exelon, wants to renew the license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to operate the power-generating station. Various remediation options will be discussed, together with the political winds that will influence the future.
SRA Educational Series, 7 PM Wednesday March 18, 2015, at Union Jacks Restaurant, 2072 Somerville Road Annapolis, "Home Septic Systems – Are They the Severn’s Biggest Polluter?" by guest speaker Richard Piluk, Senior Health Engineer from the Anne Arundel Health Department.
SRA Educational Series, was held 7 PM Tuesday, January 20, 2015, "Rising Tides Threaten Annapolis Area" at the Quaker Meeting House, 351 Dubois Rd., Annapolis, MD 21401. Annapolis is flooding more than it has in the past 300 years because of rising sea level caused by climate change. Scientific results detailed in a new report "Encroaching Tides" was discussed by Dr. Melanie Fitzpatrick, Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS lead scientist for the report.
SRA Educational Series, October, “Meet The Candidates Night”, was held on Friday October 17 at 7:00PM
Environment Night, A River Watch Forum. Should Anne Arundel County tackle stormwater pollution? Enforce Critical Areas rules? Repeal the rain tax? How will your money be spent on environmental issues? George Johnson (D) and Steve Schuh (R) debated how to address pollution threats to our rivers and creeks.
SRA Educational Series, September, "Restoring water quality in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, what is working and what still needs to be done" was held September 16, 2014. Click for presentation: (Power Point or PDF)
Is Your Favorite Tree a Savior or a Destroyer? On July 15, 2014 Master Arborist Tyler Balderson explained how to care for trees, where to plant them, and how to spot trouble when a good tree goes bad. Here's his Power Point slide presentation.
Power Point Slideshow, Dr. Donald Boesch Presentation on February 18, 2014
Rising Sea Levels – An Immediate Challenge To Annapolis
Jabez 3 Blowout Update. The headwaters of the Severn River are at the very top of the watershed. This region of the river is environmentally important because it is the place where our river starts, contains some of its most ecologically critical and biologically productive areas, and is also afflicted by large impervious areas of development: highways, roads, large commercial and industrial areas, and housing. Among the critical features of the headwaters region is Jabez Branch, Severn Run's largest tributary and unique as the only coastal plain stream in Maryland with a naturally reproducing population of brook trout.
SRA's board has made the improvement of Jabez Branch 3 its number one priority. Stormwater from I-97 and Route 32’s interchange’s floods the local watershed in rain, and we believe it is the largest source of sediment polluting the Severn River. (click for more info)
We had a great Annual Dinner & Oyster Celebration, June 18, 2014, Annapolis Maritime Museum, with a focus on the marvelous oyster and its active work to save the Severn River.
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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