1. How did you hear about the Severn River Association?
I heard about SRA through my dad, Jeff Schomig, who has worked with them for many years. He also helped me create the Shoreline Census project which allows us to monitor the different species living on the shores of the Severn River with the help of volunteers from different waterfront communities.
2. When did you first start volunteering?
I started volunteering in the summer of 2020 with the water quality team. I went out on the SRA’s boat to different spots on the river where we dropped a probe in the water that can measure important parameters for keeping track of the health of our river. As I got more involved in the following years I learned how to calibrate the equipment used for measuring the quality and input the data into a computer for storage and analysis.
3. What do you like most about volunteering with SRA?
I enjoy being outside on the water with the water quality team. I feel good about helping the environment I grew up in. It also makes for good experience working in a team and being out on the river.
4. What would you say to potential volunteers?
I would say that even if you only have a little time to give it can make a big difference. I definitely recommend volunteering if you’re looking for a way to help the environment while gaining a lot of experience and knowledge in the process. It’s helpful and can be a lot of fun.
5. Any closing remarks?
I’m very grateful to be involved. I appreciate the efforts made by the SRA and the opportunity to help.