water quality

It’s Giving Tuesday! Can You Help The Severn?

December 3, 2019

Today is Giving Tuesday, a global day of gratitude, a day to reflect, a day of giving and a day to offer a helping hand. And, it’s a day when you can double your support for the river you love! Thanks to a generous $10,000 grant from an anonymous donor, your donation to the Severn […]

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There’s Still Time To Protect Trees

October 10, 2019

If you love the quality of life in your community and value clean water in our rivers and creeks, please urge the Anne Arundel County Council to support bill 68-19 to modernize the Forest Conservation Act. Under current law, here’s what is legal (see picture at right). There is very little meaningful mitigation or reforestation […]

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How To Enjoy The Severn River … Standing Up!

September 16, 2019

You’ve seen them paddling down Ego Alley, hosting morning yoga sessions in St. Mary’s Cove, at sunrise and at yappy events. It’s the rise of the Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP). How did this cool trend get its start? Find out Tuesday, Sept. 17, during the next John Wright Speaker Series event sponsored by the Severn […]

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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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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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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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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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