Volunteer Interview: Susan Nauman

Published: March 15, 2023

Susan is pictured here on a charter fishing
trip with her son and his girlfriend.

Even though Susan just started volunteering in 2022, she was in the top 5 for most hours donated!

1. How did you hear about the Severn River Association? 
I was aware of the Severn River Association’s activities that were featured in various publications such as the Evening Capital. Before I retired, I thought this would be a great place for me to volunteer so I could learn more about the health of the Severn River. When I was in college, I spent an entire January in central Florida monitoring water quality the old fashioned way with glass bottles and various chemicals. It’s much easier now with technology!

2. What do you like most about volunteering?
What I love the most about volunteering is being out on the Severn River early in the morning when it is usually very peaceful and the waters are calm. Normally there are no other boaters on the water. We always make a quick run to the monitoring site which is my favorite part of the trip.

3. What is your favorite story?
My favorite story was coming upon two men crabbing early the morning over one of the oyster reefs. They were running a trout line and had a full bushel of crabs. They were so excited to tell us about their catch and how they did it. I think being on the oyster reef built by SRA had a role in their success.  

4. What would you say to potential volunteers?
If you are interested in volunteering, give it a try. You will be helping monitor the environment and might even see some beautiful birds! No skills required other than a love of the river and some sunscreen. 

5. Anything else you’d like to add?
If you grew up on the Severn River, you might be in for a surprise when you visit the many coves and creeks that SRA is monitoring. I didn’t realize that Whitehall Bay is considered part of the Severn River! I had never been in the Cove of Cork even though I have been boating on the Severn since I was 13.