Arundel Rivers Blog Archive (2018)

Summer Fish Survey Results Are In!

[2018-09-06] This Summer, David Lanier, our Restoration Project Manager, led our band of summer interns and assorted volunteers to survey the fish populations at our current or potential restoration sites. Fish surveying is hot, hard work, lugging heavy gear through tick-infested shrubs. Thank you to all who participated. …

BIG NEWS! Federation plans to join forces with West/Rhode Riverkeeper

[2018-11-19] UPDATE – Members of South River Federation unanimously approved the consolidation

[2018-10-16] For more than 10 years, South River Federation and West/Rhode Riverkeeper Inc. have been working hand and hand (and shovel to shovel) to protect water quality and restore streams and tributaries in our adjacent watersheds. Earlier this year, we formed a steering committee to explore how our two organizations could partner together to more effectively achieve our shared mission, strengthen our voice for clean water and have an increased impact on the region. …

Marylanders Grow Oysters 2017-18

[2018-08-06] See below for our list of Marylanders Grow Oysters Program Participants. We are grateful to our oyster gardeners for taking care of their baby oysters over the winter at their docks. That way, in the spring they will be large enough to thrive in the wild when moved to the South River Oyster Sanctuary Reef. …

Crab Creek Oil Spill Timeline of Events by Jesse Iliff, South Riverkeeper

[2018-02-04] On Thursday, Jan. 28th at approximately 5 p.m: The Federation learned from a concerned citizen of an oil spill into a stream that flows from under Spa Road into Crab Creek on the South River. I immediately visited the scene and spotted Maryland Department of Environment’s (MDE) Emergency Response Team at the site. …

Anne Arundel County passes Styrofoam Ban

 

[2018-06-25] Update: The Bill was vetoed by the County Executive.

[2018-06-19] Anne Arundel County passes Styrofoam Ban On June 18, 2018 the Anne Arundel County Council voted to ban the use of expanded polystyrene foam (aka Styrofoam) takeout containers. The South River Federation appeared twice before the council in support of the ban alongside other partners. We discussed our Crab Creek trash trap, and the thousands of pieces of Styrofoam we have pulled out of it in the year since it was built.

Oyster Restoration All About Oysters!

[2018-06-05] South River Federation recognizes that restoring the South River (and the Bay) is contingent on restoring the native Eastern oyster, Crassostrea virginica, a keystone species that provides critical ecological benefits to the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers and creeks!

My Internship Experience by Rob Pavlik

[2018-06-13] Having never worked at a nonprofit before I wasn’t sure what to expect when I got my internship at SRF; it seemed like an awesome opportunity to learn about restoration and monitoring. The scientist in me was excited to find out what kind of things I would be doing in the field, yet I was also keen on seeing how a nonprofit organization like SRF operates.

Research Stream Teams Needed!

[2018-05-11] Are you passionate about the environment? Do you want to uncover mysteries about the streams in the South River watershed? Be part of a rapid mobilization stream team! …

Brianna Cairco: Data Guru

[2018-05-10] Thank you Brianna Cairco for your work at the Federation, not only as a summer intern, but also helping us do a deep dive into the data for the annual South River report card. She produced dozens and dozens of graphs for us in response to our many questions on why a particular set of data seemed too high or too low. …

Mahogany Tide Found in the South River

[2018-05-01] Last Week, several Federation members reported reddish-brown water in Pocahontas Creek and Church Creek. Federation staff delivered samples from both creeks for analysis to the Maryland Department of Environment which determined the discoloration resulted from a “very large bloom of Prorocentrum minimum” (over 100,000 cells/mL). …

RAISE YOUR VOICE TO PROTECT OUR RIVER!

[2018-03-02] Call your elected officials to support the 5 pieces of legislation for 2018 that would directly impact the South River …

2017 Report Card Reveals Underwater Grass Mystery

[2018-04-11] Over the past ten years, the South River’s summer underwater grass beds have come and gone like that college friend who breezes through town once every few years and then you don’t hear from again until it suits their undisclosed schedule. …

Bob O’Dell Joins the Board

[2018-03-01] Over 40 years ago Bob was introduced to the Chesapeake Bay and has been passionate about its beauty and welfare ever since. …

The General Assembly session started

[2018-01-31] The General Assembly session started on January 10, and your South RIVERKEEPER® has already begun working on four important bills for this year. …

New Project to Manage Stormwater Behind Health Department

[2018-01-24] South River Federation is excited to start on our next major stormwater project that will help stop harmful sediment from reaching Broad Creek, our 2nd most polluted tributary on the South River. Currently, the streams at the base of the large hill that runs behind Anne Arundel Department of Health (off Truman Parkway) are eroding at an alarming pace. …