News

Oysters Safe From Severn River ‘Dead Zone’

Some great news for all who love oysters and support restoration of historic oyster reefs: Conditions are good for oyster restoration and, so far this year, safe from the river’s Dead Zone. They’re not perfect, but they’re a dang sight better than last year! And we have the data to tell the story thanks to […]

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SRA Volunteers Track Severn River’s ‘Dead Zone’

Despite some great news about the Severn River this year – great clairty, abundance of underwater grasses – there’s bad news as well: Round Bay is also home to a permanent dead zone of water — very low oxygen levels. To track this phenomenon, SRA launched a river-wide Water Quality (WQ) monitoring program this year. […]

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Can You Help Us Monitor The Severn River?  

Happy Summer Everyone! We are still recruiting volunteers to help out with our 2019 Water Quality monitoring campaign. It’s easy and it’s a fun way to enjoy the Severn River. And, I would like to thank all of our captains and crew members who have volunteered so far this summer to help out. Thanks to […]

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Why Did Our Yellow Perch Fishery Collapse?

Decades ago, yellow perch spawned successfully in upper portions of the Severn, including the fresh waters of Severn Run — so much so that the state of Maryland once boasted a very popular hatchery there. But since the 1980’s, yellow perch spawn rates in the Severn River (and other urban freshwater rivers, streams and creeks) […]

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Low Salinity Hampers Horn Pt. Spat Production

Two years of record breaking rains are taking their toll on oyster spat production at the Horn Point Hatchery in Cambridge. Click here to read the report in the Bay Journal. We do hope this is temporary, but it is part of a two-year trend that has seen a sharp drop in the salinity of […]

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How Do You Protect Land From Development?

How do you protect your property from development and preserve your way of life for the future? What are the tools available? In over 30 years of protecting land with conservation easements, there’s a record of success, but what’s in store for the future? You’re invited to hear from two land conservation experts this Tuesday […]

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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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