SRA Board Meeting Minutes
SRA Board of Directors Meeting, April 20, 2010
Today there is an article in Evening Capital about the SW Action Fund. This evening SRA will highlight Stormwater Solutions in your Neighborhood
Saefern’s Stormwater Restoration Project
Bill Fritz, Stewardship Chair Project Manager Fwfritz1705@comcast.net 410-849-3255
Project Design and Construction
How can someone who knows next to nothing and produce a rain garden? In 2005, Bill Fritz was asked to be the Safearn’s stewardship committee chair – membership of 1. Stewardship can have many definitions -- he looked it up as it related to environment. He also wanted to incorporate a scientific aspect to this. He has always been actively engaged in habitat restoration. He has been surrounded by mentors since he moved to Epping Forest next to Keith Underwood. He saw Keith’s transformation from gardener, to bog man to having a business.
Saefern had many potential projects -- such as the Clements creek shoreline. Started with stormwater – how to educate the community -- needed something central. The Saefern Marina had a pool above it – lots of people come thru there. This common area takes water from top of hill and piped it to asphalt then directly to Clements Creek. Very little filtering and infiltration was going on. Tested for Bacteria both from this runoff and a background sample was from another side that is naturally vegetated. There was a 5X difference. The first thing addressed was the septic tank from pool.
Bill began educating the community by publishing about stormwater in the Scuttlebutt – Community Newsletter. Then entered the “Grant odyssey” – becoming familiar with NFWF and CBT small watershed grants – both require 50% matching funds. This can be in-kind volunteer labor. They received a CBT with the stipulation of also getting a grant from NFWF. NFWF – budget process – did not allow awarding. All applications were funneled thru the SR Keeper as the grantee. Resubmitted NFWF the next year – denied again. Sara Cadres applied for the third grant with CBT under their large grants - repackaged it. This grant was awarded for 62K if Saefern contributed 10K. Fundraising – keeping community on the same page.
Prior to this stormwater fix -- Clements got dredged twice and was still in need for repair.
Right after instillation a rain events with a solid gentle rain occurred for weeks straight. No water was leaving the site. Hurricane Bill then arrived with downpours. This project, designed and constructed by Keith Underwood, Underwood & Associates, outperformed the other background site of natural vegetation. Saefern was unable to collect runoff to test whether their were improvement in bacterial counts. This was the ultimate testament that this system works. This showcase project allowed many to come through and observe. AACo Parks and Public Works used this design for Carriage Hills. County is revamping the stormwater management practices written in 2006. It is being revised for 2010. Developers are buying into it too.
Conclusion—anyone can do this. Kept trying by turning grants in – grant resubmitting paid off. Keep community appraised, essential to have their support. Saefern had the structure in the community to funnel money for capital improvements. Design build is good for small projects.
Summary of SRA Lobbying Efforts
Stormwater bill: AA Co delegates – Betsy spoke on behalf of SRA in support of the Bay restoration fund. Bob testified on behalf of SRC.
Kurt Riegel reported that the nominating committee met via teleconference and has the following nominees for office.
For known vacancies among At-large Directors, will propose Denny White, Ken Hatch, Lisa Bender, and Lynne Rockenbauch. One or two Directors are considering not continuing. Should other directors consider not continuing, the nominating committee will take steps to propose candidates.
Oyster Committee – June 5th Planting
Despite watermen objections, DNR is proposing to manage oyster harvesting throughout the Bay, and the Severn has been designated as a sanctuary for shellfish.
SRA is planning our first oyster planting on The Severn River with as many oysters we can get from residents that raised them. This will occur on June 5 from 2-3:30. Corp of Engineers designated below the Naval Severn River Bridge as the SRA oyster sanctuary. DNR will mark the exact part on the reef to be planted with oysters. SRA may have an underwater continuous water monitoring device from Naval Academy to monitor water quality on the sanctuary.
100th SRA Anniversary
The 100th Anniversary Party Date has been set for April 29, 2011 Betsy motioned to make this the official. Motion was seconded. Motion Carries
Howard Ernst and Charlotte are working on video interviews.
Annual meeting is scheduled for Tuesday June 15, 6:00, St Margaret’s Episcopal Church Hall. The speaker is Chuck Fox to speak on Improving Pollution Control. Charlotte Lubbert needs volunteers on May 3 to stuff envelops at Free State Press.
Priest Point for Sale
Kurt Riegel reported that Priest Point’s 18 acres has been formally offered for sale by developer for $1.6 Million. Many feel it would be marvelous to devote this to a public purpose. County and the land conservation organizations are working to find a way to make it useful to public. Discussions are planned with landowner. Project open space – keep fingers crossed.
Monitoring Rezoning Applications
Don Morris Jones informed us that Earl Bradley summarization of rezoning will be completed this week. County webpage should reflect all zoning changes next week.
Next month’s meeting will discuss Clean Marina and Clean Boating. SRA will identify the marinas within river.
(Revised June 2010)