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Are You Ready … To Show Your Love?  

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we want to invite you to join us in a celebration of love … your love of the Severn River. Wouldn’t it be fun to share an image or two that says why: You love the Severn River, and You love living along its shores? It’s SRA’s VALENTINE’S DAY PHOTO […]

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Severn River Oysters – Are Fertilizers A Threat?

— by Joan Treichel, SRA Science Reporter Oyster restoration in the Severn River is a major SRA program, enlisting some 400 volunteers each year. In 2018, volunteers and donors planted 47 million oysters. This past July, the number was 17 million. And more will be coming. But there is a threat to this master plan — […]

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SRA Introduces Creek-by-Creek Water Quality Reports

Creek-by-Creek watershed reports are now available for Back Creek, Whitehall/Ridout Creeks, Indian Landing Station and the MGO oyster reef at Traces Hollow. Just click below to download the reports.      Back Creek                                                                  […]

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Our Oysters Enjoy Good Water Quality

Some great news to end 2020 – our oysters were doing well in the Severn River. The dead zones of low-oxygen waters did not infringe on the five restoration reefs in the river between the Rt. 50 and U.S. Naval Academy Bridges. We are pleased to release a special report on oxygen and salinity levels […]

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Severn River WQ Data Tracks Dead Zones, Great Clarity

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

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 

— 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

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

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

— 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!

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 ???

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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