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Raising Oysters Returns In Full Swing To The Severn!

A big thanks goes to our team of oyster growers throughout the Seven River who participate in the Marylanders Grow Oysters (MGO) program this year. Our volunteer oyster growers will be out there all winter raising our next crop of oysters under their piers. Then in June, they’ll plant their one-year old oysters on the Traces Hollow restoration […]

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Floating Classroom Looks Forward To 2022!

It was a great year for students this summer participating in our Floating Classroom program aboard our scientific research vessel, Sea Girl.  During the peak of the summer, our Habitat Instructor, Briana Nancy, sets sail nearly every week on our scientific research vessel, Sea Girl, to develop young scientists and encourage stewardship of our waterways. SRA’s […]

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Calling All Boaters! Paddlers, Fishermen, Crabbers!   

What is our scientist friend from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) doing? Taking pictures of Chessie the Sea Monster? No, it’s even more exciting … SERC Researcher Elizabeth is taking pictures of turbidity in the water! Huh? This summer, SRA was proud to help the folks at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) ground […]

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Back Creek Clarity Ends On Bright Clear Note

Rockin’ great news on Back Creek in Eastport – water clarity hits season high: 1.25 m. That’s WQ Crew member Karen (at right) recording the big clarity event with the Secchi Disc in Jones Cove on our last day of water quality monitoring for the 2021 season. SRA’s water quality monitoring program is a robust, […]

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Where Are Our Oysters And What Do They Look Like?

Thanks to a warm November, SRA’s Field Investigator, Jack Beckham, is preparing to start our next scientific adventure – using side-scan sonar to map oyster restoration reefs in the Severn River. Jack and his crew started mapping our existing oyster reefs – Traces Hollow, Manresa, Peach Orchard, Wade and Weems Upper – between the Rt. […]

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Rockfish Update … What’s The Latest?

Mark your calendar for tomorrow night, Tuesday, Oct. 19, for the return of the John Wright Speaker Series. This is a chance to meet fisherman, outdoor journalist and outfitter, Capt. Chris Dollar. Chris will be our special guest speaker during this virtual version of the John Wright Educational Speaker Series. This will be a wonderful […]

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We Bid Fond Farewells … And Bright New Careers!

As another summer comes to an end, we shed a few tears and wish all the best to our departing staff, Field Investigator, Emi McGeady (center), and Water Quality Coordinator, Mackenzie Miller (left). Emi, with an environmental sciences degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, joined us as Field Investigator as part of […]

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The Floating Classroom Is Underway!

The fall is a great time for students to enjoy a scientific adventure on the Severn River to study oyster habitat and the connection to water quality. It’s time to schedule a Floating Classroom experience, a three-hour, hands-on introduction to water quality and habitat on the Severn River. This is a wonderful outdoor program to […]

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Annual Membership Meeting – September 30

You’re invited to the annual membership meeting of the Severn River Association on Thursday, September 30, from 7 pm to 8 pm. With the return of COVID concerns, we are planning to host a small live meeting. We will also feature a live video broadcast of the meeting so most members can participate from home. […]

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Build-A-Reef: 24 Million More Oysters In The Severn

Boy, do we have some really great oyster restoration news in the Severn River! Thanks to private donors who love oysters, Smyth Jewelers, the Severn River Association and the Oyster Recovery Partnership have just planted 24 million baby oysters and created a new oyster restoration reef in the Severn. The new bivalve arrivals are now […]

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Where Have All The Redheads Gone???

The famous SAV Navy is a group of dedicated volunteer scientists who survey, map and identify the types of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) in the Severn River each summer. Susan Benac and Jackie Agnew are working through their 3rd year monitoring SAV beds at the Narrows, where they sample underwater grasses at 31 locations! In […]

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Divers Find Proof of Natural Oyster Reproduction in Severn River!!!!

The Severn River Association has some really great news to report: our oysters are naturally reproducing in the Severn River! It doesn’t happen a lot, but it does happen. This is wonderful news because it means that one day, if we can maintain good water quality in the Severn River, we can recreate self-sustaining oyster […]

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