Speaker Series

The John Wright Speaker Series is an adult environmental education program open to all who wish to expand their knowledge. Speakers present on a variety of topics from bees to beavers, oyster restoration to recycling, and everything between. For more information on John Wright, click HERE.

Land Preservation: How Does It Work?

Published: July 31, 2019

Conservation Easements: Scenic Rivers Land Trust Executive Director, Rick Leader, and Conservation Director, Sarah Knebel, explain how the land conservation process works and what that protection that actually brings to a property. Video: Brian Hissong

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The Demise Of Our Yellow Perch Fishery

Published: July 22, 2019

DNR’s Margaret McGinty explains how development has destroyed our once thriving habitat for Yellow Perch in the Severn River. Also, doctoral candidate Alex MacLeod explains his research into genetic changes deteriorating water quality induce on the Yellow Perch. Video: Brian Hissong

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New Protections For Natural Resources

Published: May 31, 2019

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman explains to how his administration will protect our county’s natural resources (forests, water quality, fisheries) from overly zealous development promoted by past administrations. SRA Board Member Bryan Gomes, introduces Mr. Pittman. Video: Brian Hissong

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The SAV Is Back! How’s It Doing?

Published: May 31, 2019

SRA’s Program Officer, Tom Guay, offers a history of underwater grasses over the past 30 years in the Severn River, from their total decline in the 1980s to their slow rebound from 1994 – 2019. Then, Brooke Landry, Chair of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s SAV Workgroup and Biologist with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, […]

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Tree Care In The Critical Area

Published: April 9, 2019

Tyler Balderson, arborist with Bartlet Tree Experts explains how to care for your trees, when to plant, when to trim and when to make sure you obtain a permit when working inside the critical area. Video: Brian Hissong

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Sen. Elfreth Helps Oysters, Trees

Published: April 9, 2019

Senator Sarah Elfreth (D. District 30) explains progress made to protect forests, oysters and other environmental bills adopted during the Legislative Session of 2019.

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Pittman Takes On Stormwater

Published: February 19, 2019

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman explains the new directions his administration will take towards dealing with development, stormwater runoff and enforcement issues. Video: Scott Hymes

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Runoff, Permits & Water Quality

Published: February 19, 2019

Jesse Iliff, South RIVERKEEPER with the Arundel Rivers Federation, details the history Anne Arundle County’s lackluster enforcement of stormwater control and other environmental permitting rules, and offers hope for changes coming in 2019. Video: Scott Hymes

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Best Pals: Oyster Reefs & Fishermen

Published: February 12, 2019

John Page Williams, senior naturalist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, explains why restoring oyster reefs is so important to rebuilding fisheries. JP also reveals where the best fishing spots are on the Severn River. Video Production: Brian Hissong

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State Of The Severn In 2018

Published: November 20, 2018

Dr. Andrew Muller, associate professor of oceanography at U.S. Naval Academy, and Capt. Diana Muller, with Maritimas, detail the health of the Severn River in 2018. The Mullers review and explain water quality monitoring data collected during one of the rainiest years on record. Data reveals low levels of dissolved oxygen and salinity during critical […]

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