News Along the Severn

May 2024

Some of the 85 attendees at the 2024 Annual Member Meeting

This newsletter is made possible in part thanks to the generous support of Diamond Sponsor Annapolis Cars

Restoration Manager's Corner

Connect: As you may have heard, the Severn River Action Plan (SRAP) is shaping up and SRA and our partners Center for Watershed Protection (CWP) have identified Weems Creek as the #1 priority area for restoration. Recently, we held a well-attended Weems Creek Restoration Community Meeting to discuss next steps. SRA and CWP heard concerns from residents of the subwatershed who provided us with input that will be used to prioritize the restoration projects that have been identified thus far. The SRAP is funded by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation*.

Restore: Other quick updates on SRA’s current projects include:

  • We received all permits for a living shoreline and stormwater management project in the Wardour Community!
  • Design is complete for the Georgetown East micro-bioretention project! 
  • We were awarded $75K from NFWF to begin design of stormwater management and stream restoration along Providence Cove tributary!
  • We are fundraising to plant about 10 million oysters in the Severn next month during GreenGive 2024, June 4-5!
  • Our Marylanders Grow Oysters will be planting their oysters on a restoration reef soon as well! 

Protect: As Restoration Manager, one question I am frequently asked is “What can I do on my property to help the Severn River?” While the answer is unique to each property, there are a couple broad ideas that could apply to many: 

  1. Consider putting in a rain garden or conservation landscaping with native plants that attract pollinators. This helps water seep into the ground and filters nutrients rather than letting them flow into the Severn. Not sure where to start? Reach out to me with questions!
  2. Reduce or eliminate the use of fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides by you and/or your lawn/garden care service. Fertilizer that runs off into stormwater drains ultimately winds up in the Severn and contributes to dead zones. Herbicides and pesticides similarly wind up in the Bay to the detriment of wildlife.
  3. Continue cleaning up pet waste right away. Biological waste, including from our furry family members, contains a heavy dose of nitrogen and bacteria and if left unattended can wash into the Severn and contribute to the dead zones we observe in our weekly water quality monitoring.

Thanks for all you do for the Severn!

Ben Fertig, Ph.D.

Restoration Manager

* The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the U.S. Government or the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and its funding sources. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the U.S. Government, or the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation or its funding sources.

John Wright Speaker Series

Date: May 20th 7-8:30pm

Location: Online Only

Speaker: Professor Doug Tallamy

Nature's Best Hope

Presentation Summary: Recent headlines about global insect declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on Planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Choosing the right plants for our landscapes will not only address the biodiversity crisis but help fight our climate crisis as well. Tallamy will discuss simple steps that each of us can, and must, take to reverse declining biodiversity, why we must change our adversarial relationship with nature to a collaborative one, and why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.

Speaker Bio: Doug Tallamy is the T. A. Baker Professor of Agriculture in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, where he has authored 112 research publications and has taught insect related courses for 43 years. Chief among his research goals is to better understand the many ways insects interact with plants and how such interactions determine the diversity of animal communities. His books include Bringing Nature Home, The Living Landscape, co-authored with Rick Darke, Nature's Best Hope, a New York Times Best Seller, and The Nature of Oaks, winner of the American Horticultural Society’s 2022 book award.  In 2021 he co-founded Homegrown National Park with Michelle Alfandari ( His awards include recognition from The Garden Writer’s Association, Audubon, The National Wildlife Federation, Allegheny College, Ecoforesters, The Garden Club of America, The Herb Society, and The American Horticultural Association.

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2023 Annual Report

Have you read our 2023 Annual Report? It contains a summary of last year's accomplishments, a financial snapshot, a donor list, and more.

Only have a few minutes? Watch our video summary from SRA Executive Director Jesse Iliff.

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GreenGive 2024

June 4-5th - Save the date!

The GreenGive is a collaborative, online fundraising campaign designed to raise money, increase visibility and expand residents’ and businesses’ engagement with Anne Arundel County environmental organizations, issues, projects and actions. Early giving begins May 20th.

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Volunteer Opportunities

Phragmites Removal at Arlington Echo

Come help cut down and treat a phragmites patch as we work to erradicate this invasive species.

10-12pm on these dates:

June 3, July 22, Aug 19, Sep 16

975 Indian Landing Rd, Millersville, MD 21108

Water Quality Monitoring

Help SRA conduct our weekly data gathering on the Severn River to monitor the health of the river. Volunteers go out on a boat to measure oxygen, pH, salinity, temperature, and clarity.

Weekly tours April-October Training is "on-the-job"

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In case you missed it...

Boat Shrink Wrap Recycling

Anyone still needing to commission their boat is encouraged to recycle their shrink wrap instead of throwing it into the trash. Maryland has just expanded their shrink wrap recycling program to AACO. Read program specifics below.

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