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Algae Bloom Returns To Upper River

October 14, 2020

Terrible news to report for the upper Severn River yesterday – the giant algae bloom is back. The river from Severn Run headwaters and outside Bear Branch at Ben Oaks is infested with the algae that creates the Mahogany Blooms. Our Water Quality Monitoring teams have tracked the emergence of this bloom on their weekly […]

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Howling Hurricane Isaias Churns It’s Way Up The Severn!

August 7, 2020

Hurricane Isaias rolled up the Severn River on Aug. 3, bringing torrential downpours and high winds that did more than knock downed trees and create power outages on land. In the Severn, Isaias left quite a mess: – fish kills along our shorelines, – stinky blue-algae blooms, – sediment plumes, and – no swimming advisories. […]

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State Of The Severn: Mostly, A Good Year!

April 22, 2020

  ANNAPOLIS (April 21, 2020) — For the most part, 2019 was a good year for the Severn River, according to the latest State Of The Severn report released by the Severn River Association, the nation’s oldest river group. The best news was that it was a great year for swimming; the clarity of the […]

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A on a rainy day you can see … over a meter deep!

October 17, 2019

During Wednesday’s (Oct. 17, 2019) downpour, SRA’s intrepid water quality monitoring volunteers were out collecting data at 41 locations in the Severn River and they recorded some of the best we’ve seen all summer. Despite the rain, there was a remarkable amount of clarity in the water. The highest clarity was found at The Narrows […]

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Giant Dead Zone Invades The Severn River

September 12, 2019

ANNAPOLIS (Sept. 12, 2019) –  There’s some sad to report: despite some great clarity and a bountiful crop of forage fish and underwater grasses this year, there is an extensive dead zone in the Severn River this summer. A special report produced by the Severn River Association (SRA) uses data collected by the group’s water […]

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What Do Dead Zones Do? They Kill Fish & Crabs.

August 23, 2019

Here’s a sad story about why dead zones are a bad thing for the Severn River and the Chesapeake Bay. Our pal Ted found that 5 crabs and 5 Perch he was holding in a livebox overnight were dead the next morning (Aug. 21). Cause: Dead Zone in Little Round Bay. These fish and crabs […]

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Oysters Safe From Severn River ‘Dead Zone’

August 18, 2019

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’

August 2, 2019

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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SRA Volunteers Monitor Severn River Health

June 17, 2019

Annapolis – June 12, 2019: 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 […]

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