SRA Board Meeting Minutes
SRA Board of Directors Meeting: July 21, 2009
Meeting Called to order 7:05 PM
Introductions of Directors
Approval of Executive Committee: Betsy Love, Don Morris-Jones, Steve Barry, Richard Falk, Sally Hornor, Pat Lynch (includes Bob Whitcomb, President). Members were approved unanimously.
Betsy Love reported on the idea of getting a newsletter out to publicize the agenda proposed for the coming year. It takes each of us to get involved to be able to clean up the river. Whether it’s building a rain garden, doing an oyster garden on your pier, etc. She also reported our decision to send out written thank yous for donations.
Bob Whitcomb reported a suggested theme of “Be a part of the solution … get involved and make a difference.”
Don Morris-Jones reported on being the co-grand marshal for the Severna Park 4th of July Parade – with the theme of “Red, White, Blue & Green.” DVD recorded of her (Keeley Linley’s) song about the Severn River.
Treasurer’s Report: Bob vom Saal reported that finances for the past few years were pretty similar. The Annual Meeting expenses include the printing costs involved for the 2009 meeting. The “automobile expense” is new for 2009, and is a reimbursement for travel expenses. “Consulting” was hiring Brad to find out who the new contacts were for our member community associations. The cost of tax preparation was the “Accounting” cost of $850.
Executive Committee Actions
Bay Friendly Neighborhood Program: Bill Tilghman has been coordinating, but has run out of steam on the project. It needs support and volunteers to make this idea go forward. Kurt Riegel says that the birthing was successful, but the child rearing has been difficult. If somebody would like to run with it, it could continue.
Dan Carren of Whitehall Creek would like some guidance on how to get started with oyster gardening.
Bob Whitcomb discussed the stormwater control project on Clements Creek. Stimulus funding will be put towards erosion problems in Carriage Hills. Sara Caldez is currently composing the RFP to get bids for this project to move forward.
Jake Jacobs: described buckets from South River Federation as oyster-rearing option.
2) Septic System Upgrades via Bay Restoration Funds: Where the “flush tax” money is going to upgrade septic systems in the Critical Area: a program that could do great things to reduce nitrogen in the river. The program needs publicity. Suggest a program on it, probably for September’s meeting. Ed Peters of the County Health Dept will be invited to speak.
3) Rainscaping (private gardens): Zora Lathan would like to speak on this topic in a future meeting. Perhaps November’s meeting.
4) Subwatershed Surveys: Mel Wilkens recommends to do this before writing grant applications. He would come speak about this subject. He has also worked on mitigating stormwater from large parking lots.
5) Churches and other large parking facilities as targets for diverting storm water
6) Community Rain Gardens
7) Clean Marina initiatives
8) Project Clean-Stream
9) Operation Clearwater
10) Mud-busters (West/Rhode Riverkeeper approach)
11) Living Shorelines
12) Land Trusts
Bob Whitcomb has researched where the pumpout stations are on the Severn. How to get this information out to the public.
Howard Ernst: suggested a candidate forum for the upcoming 2010 elections. GoogleMaps program for the pumpout stations, where the oyster cages are, where the beach testing is. 100th anniversary of SRA: discussing some kind of publication?
List of Attendees:
(Revised Nov 2009)