Mission

The Arundel Rivers Federation uses science, restoration and community action to make the South, West and Rhode Rivers cleaner and healthier. We envision clean, fishable, swimmable waterways for our local communities.

The Federation is dedicated to protecting, preserving, restoring and enhancing the waters of the South River, Rhode River, West River, Herring Bay, and is a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, Inc.  The objectives of the Federation are to:

a) Reduce and prevent nutrients and other pollutants from entering its jurisdictional waters;

b) Be the authoritative source for scientific information and innovative solutions for its jurisdictional waters;

c) Advocate for new policies and ensure enforcement of existing laws to protect its jurisdictional waters;

d) Engage, educate and empower partners throughout Anne Arundel County and the Chesapeake Bay; and

e) Build the organizational and financial capacity to sustain the Federation’s work.

A Very Special Place

We are devoted to protecting and restoring a very special place – the South, West and Rhode Rivers of Anne Arundel County. We use a science-driven, community-based approach to improve the water quality of our rivers – and we’re not afraid to get our boots muddy.

We pursue thoughtful restoration strategies to make our rivers and creeks safe for swimming and boating and to protect natural resources like fish, oysters and crabs. Our stream, wetland and shoreline projects create wildlife habitat, reduce flooding and help stop stormwater pollution.

Our two Waterkeepers – the South Riverkeeper and the West/Rhode Riverkeeper – act as the eyes, ears and voices for their respective rivers as well as Herring Bay. Our organization is wholly focused on achieving our vision of clean, healthy, sustaining waterways for our local communities.

Arundel Rivers Federation was created on January 2, 2019 and is the result of the consolidation of South River Federation and West/Rhode Riverkeeper, Inc.