Severn River

Why Did Our Yellow Perch Fishery Collapse?

July 11, 2019

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

July 11, 2019

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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Big Turnout For Oyster Planting Day At MGO Reef!

June 17, 2019

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

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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Luce Creek Hammered By Silt Plume

June 17, 2019

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

June 11, 2019

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?

June 10, 2019

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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