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Big Turnout For Oyster Planting Day At MGO Reef!

We had a great start to this year’s oyster planting festivities on June 1 at the MGO reef at the foot of the Rt. 50 Bridge. After a long winter of raising their baby oysters in cages hung from piers all throughout the Severn River, our growers rallied on the 1st Saturday in June to […]

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SRA Volunteers Monitor Severn River Health

Great news: SRA’s volunteer are already hard at work monitoring oxygen and salinity levels in the Severn River and its creeks. The weekly tours on Wednesday and Thursday mornings track the growth of the river’s health, which sadly, does include permanent dead zone in the middle of Round Bay. At left, say hey to Evan […]

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Luce Creek Hammered By Silt Plume

This was the sad news our Water Quality Crew found inside Luce Creek last Thursday (June 12) morning — an ugly mud flood from the overnight downpour. Homeowners here are slowly watching their creek silt in. This is mostly likely due to development upstream along Ridgley and/or Bestgate Rd. There was also a report of […]

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Pittman Welcomes ‘No Net Gain’ Standard For Impervious Surfaces

The Severn River Association (SRA) and the Magothy River Association have submitted a joint policy letter to Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman, urging the county to adopt land use and environmental policies with a goal of no net increase in impervious surface within the Severn and Magothy watersheds. Dual Purpose Of No-Net-Gain Standard The […]

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Why Is The Yellow Perch In Decline?

Each year, in early March, the colorful Yellow Perch return to spawn in the Severn River headwaters like Bear Branch and Severn Run. However, they fail to produce mature offspring, possibly due to disruption in their reproductive system and habitat caused by poor water quality. They clearly are trying to survive. SRA has been tracking […]

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Divers Find Plenty Of Life On Budding Oyster Reefs

There is great news from the bottom of the Severn River! Your baby oysters are alive and well on the oyster reefs that are being restored between the Rt. 50 and USNA Bridges! The good news comes from scuba diver Audrey McDowell with the University of Maryland’s Paynter Lab. When we needed a volunteer to […]

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2019 Recruitment Underway For SAV ‘Navy’

The start of the 2019 search for underwater grasses, the fabled submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), officially shoved off, figuratively speaking, last month with the season’s first meeting of the famous SAV ‘Navy’ at Union Jack’s. The ‘Navy’ was formally launched two years ago when Brooke Landry with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources linked the […]

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Steuart Pittman Explains Course Corrections For County Waterways

Please join us Tuesday, May 21, for the Severn River Association’s annual meeting to meet old friends and take a peek at the programs your association is planning for the year ahead. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet some of SRA’s volunteers, board members, officers, oyster growers, enlistees in the famous SAV ‘Navy,’ members […]

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It’s Year #2 For Operation Build-A-Reef!

Based on last year’s huge success with Operation Build-A-Reef, we’re getting the gang back together for another big push to plant millions more oysters.As The Capital reported this week, the 47 million oysters spat-on-shell planted last year are doing great! Click here to read the report. This year, we’re reaching out to our Severn River […]

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4 More Events For Project Clean Stream Volunteers

There are still some great opportunities for volunteers to help out with this year’s Project Clean Stream events over the next two weekends. To the left, some of the crew who helped out on Saturday, April 6, sporting our new SRA cleanup T-shirts. We have three more events just ahead. There’s one April 13, two […]

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Dam Replacement Closes West Benfield Road — until March 2020!

by Larry Mathena and Lynne Rockenbauch Heads Up: Over the next year, the west end of Benfield Rd. in Severna Park/Millersville is going to be clogged up, literally. All the road work and congestion is due to a dam removal project on Bear Branch, meanders through the Shipley’s Choice, Crain West, Ben Oaks and Point […]

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It’s The Return Of The Yellow Perch — Again!

Great news! The noble, cold-water-loving Yellow Perch have returned yet again to the headwaters of the Severn River to spawn and start yet another generation. SRA’s intrepid Yellow Perch search team, SRA President Lynne Rockenbauch and her husband Craig, were back in the spawning grounds this year looking for proof that the fish have returned, […]

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