Severn River WQ Data Tracks Dead Zones, Great Clarity

January 15, 2021

On top of all the trials we’ve experienced on land during 2020, the Severn River suffered through its own health crisis. It was a year that saw extensive algae blooms and persistent dead zones that plagued the river through spring and summer and even into the late October. And now, all of the water quality […]

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Your Gift Is About The Future … Of The River You Love

December 4, 2020

Dear Lover of The Severn River, Imagine, if you will, 4 middle school kids, decked out in life jackets, masks, and waiting at the dock to be picked up by Sea Girl, a 20 ft. skiff. It’s their first time out on the water … ever! They are out on the river as part of […]

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2020 – The 5th Anniversary Of 14-Mile Severn River Swim 

November 23, 2020

— by Havana Mullaly, SRA Reporter Growing up in Severna Park, Jim Shepard was often found swimming in the Severn River. At a young age Jim was fascinated by swimming and was a part of the Severn River Swim Club during the 70’s. Back then, our treasured Severn River was in sad, sad shape. Despite […]

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Paddling The Chesapeake

November 23, 2020

Would you like to learn all about the first-ever paddle down the entire length of the Chesapeake Bay? Then mark your calendars for Tuesday, Dec. 15, at 7 pm, for the return of the John Wright Speaker Series! After taking a long break due to Covid-19 restrictions, our monthly educational series returns in a virtual […]

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Special Report – Oysters At Traces Hollow Doing Well

November 23, 2020

Great news for our oyster restoration program! Our oysters that live on four restoration reefs in the Severn River are enjoying good water quality (WQ) conditions in the area between the Rt. 50 and USNA Bridges. A special report produced by SRA Field Investigator Emi McGeady focuses particularly on the Traces Hollow reef that is […]

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What To Do About Phragmites

November 23, 2020

— by Joan Treichel, SRA Science Reporter These willowy reeds with their wheat-colored plumes bending in the wind are an enticing view in the wetlands of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. But don’t let the reeds, officially called Phragmites australis, bewitch you! While the species is native to North America, a European variety of the […]

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SRA’s Floating Classroom Returns In Spring!

November 23, 2020

As winter sets in and river-based events go into hibernation, it’s a great time to plan for your adventure on SRA’s Floating Classroom next spring and summer. This is a hands-on, environmental, educational and scientific adventure where “class” is held aboard our 20-ft. Maritime skiff, Sea Girl, on the Severn River. Students learn how oxygen […]

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What The Heck ???

October 17, 2020

It’s been a tough month for the Bear Branch and its neighboring communities: algae blooms, mud floods and now this … see pic at right. The latest insult to the creek was this large UFO – unidentified floating object – making it’s way downstream to the Severn River between the Pointfield Landing and Ben Oaks […]

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Welcome To SRA’s New Science And Development Staff

October 16, 2020

Please give a very warm welcome to Emi McGeady, who has joined the SRA staff as our Field Investigator and to Suzanne Martin, who is now leading our fundraising program as our new Development Director. Emi is a 2020-2021 Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC) member who joins the SRA staff thanks to a grant from the […]

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Algae Bloom Returns To Upper River

October 14, 2020

Terrible news to report for the upper Severn River yesterday – the giant algae bloom is back. The river from Severn Run headwaters and outside Bear Branch at Ben Oaks is infested with the algae that creates the Mahogany Blooms. Our Water Quality Monitoring teams have tracked the emergence of this bloom on their weekly […]

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2020 – A Good Year For Oysters In The Severn!

October 14, 2020

ANNAPOLIS (October 10, 2020) — Despite the trials and challenges we all have faced on land from the Covid-19 pandemic, this was a good year for oysters in the Severn River, and now, conditions are greatly improving for them going into fall and winter. Just released water quality monitoring data, collected by the Severn River […]

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Still Time To Sign Up For SRA’s Floating Classroom

October 13, 2020

The fall weather is a wonderful time to take advantage of SRA’s new Floating Classroom for students of all ages. This is a hands-on, environmental, educational and scientific adventure on the Severn River. SRA’s Floating Classroom is where “class” is held aboard our 20-ft. Maritime Skiff, Sea Girl. During a two- to three-hour tour, students […]

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