Arundel Rivers Blog Archive

We will be transferring our historic blog posts over the next few months. Thanks for your patience.

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

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

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

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

Update: The Bill was vetoed by the County Executive.

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!

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

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!

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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. …

What Does the Glebe Bay Reef Look Like?

Enquiring minds want to know. Yet, the question isn’t easy to answer. We have done bottom samples along the reef and can tell that the top layer has live oysters and seems healthy. Still, it is hard to understand how the reef is growing and how tall the oyster part of the reef has grown. …

Liz Buxton Takes the Helm At South River Federation

November 30, 2017 The Board of Directors of the South River Federation is pleased to announce that Elizabeth (Liz) Buxton has been named its new Executive Director. …

Francesca King joins the South River Federation

Francesca King is the newest addition to the South River Federation. As our new Office Administrator and Program Assistant, she is excited to bring her passion and skills to the Federation.

Fall Community Meeting Notes

On Tuesday, October 17th the Federation hosted its Annual Fall Community Meeting at the Historic London Town and Gardens. Riverkeeper Jesse Iliff presented on how the Monitoring, Advocacy and Restoration programs have worked together to help the Church Creek Initiative come full circle, as it closes with its last major Stream Restorations at Bywater and Allen Apartments. …

Oyster Restoration A-Z

Everyone loves to see oyster restoration in the South River, millions of spat on shell being poured into the river is a beloved sight — but where does this process start? …

Anne Arundel County Environmental Enforcement Report

In late June, I started an investigation of Anne Arundel County’s enforcement of its environmental code. I was motivated to do so after reporting a large sediment release from a construction project along Rt.2. …

SOUTH RIVER FEDERATION SELECTED FOR RED THINKING’S 5th ANNUAL BRAND JAM

September 20, 2017, Fairfax Virginia. South River Federation is excited to announce it has been selected as an exemplary non-profit and will receive free marketing and promotional support from the award-winning marketing and design firm, Red Thinking.

Federation Opposes Latest Crystal Springs Plan

On July 25, 2017, National Lutheran Communities and Services submitted Special Exception plans to the City of Annapolis to construct a continuing care retirement community, called the Village at Providence Point (FKA Crystal Spring) along Forest Drive. …

Federation Field Report: Solar Eclipse

This past weekend, Sarah and I were the Federation’s “eyes on the sky” for the 2017 Solar Eclipse, making the long trek down to Columbia, South Carolina to view the eclipse in its totality. …

Incorporating Oyster Reef Balls into a Living Shoreline

A Chesapeake Conservation Corps Capstone Project … Jaclyn Fisher, spent the last year volunteering 40 hours a week with the South River Federation as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps member. …

Gravely Community Stream Restoration Project

Flat Creek’s “Gravely Grand Canyon” is one of the fastest eroding tributary systems in the South River, with over 11,000 linear feet of ephemeral and intermittent channels as deep as 20 feet across many properties. …

Kevin Green Steps In As Interim Executive Director

In August of 2017, Kevin Green stepped in to lead the Federation as interim executive director, after Kate Fritz, left the Federation to head the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. …

Gwenn Azama, Federation Board Member, Passes Away

South River Federation is saddened to report the loss of one of its greatest supporters, Gwenn Azama in late July. …

English Invasion

Take a walk in your community, go hiking in a County park, or even look in your own back yard- you’ll probably see a mass of vines climbing the trunks and branches of trees or blanketing the ground. You are likely looking at one or two widespread invasive species that are bad news for our forests. …

Over $1 Million Announced to Support Stream Restoration and Stormwater Management Research

(Annapolis, MD) July 25, 2017 – The Chesapeake Bay Trust, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA), Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (Montgomery DEP), and with input from the Maryland Department of the Environment, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and other agency and technical partners on the Restoration Research Advisory Committee, announce six recipients of the collaborative Restoration Research Award Program. …

Crab Creek Assessment 2nd Exploration

The South River Federation is excited to have started phase I of our newly launched Crab Creek Initiative and hope to complete a full assessment of the creek’s drainage area for sources of pollution in the near future. …

Kate Fritz Leaves South River for Larger Chesapeake Bay

Annapolis, MD, July 13, 2017– The Board of Director’s for the South River Federation announces the resignation of their current Executive Director, Kate Fritz, effective August 1, 2017.

Charting the Course for BMPs: A Church Creek Case Study

The South River Federation and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center are partnering to study a tributary of the South River that has been known previously as one of the most polluted creeks in the River’s watershed, Church Creek.

Annual Kayak Sojourn and Picnic

The Federation’s Annual Kayak Sojourn and Potluck Picnic was June 24th. Despite the forecast calling for storms, it was a beautiful day for a paddle and a picnic. …

Green Give Success!

What is the Green Give? The Green Give is a new, 24-hour online fundraising and engagement-building initiative for environmental non-profits in Anne Arundel County.

Keeping Crab Creek Trash-Free

There is a tremendous amount of trash washing down Crab Creek into the South River. …

What’s Up Salutes Lara Mulvaney

Congratulations to Our “Super-Volunteer” Lara Mulvaney who has volunteered for the South River Federation for years, was profiled in What’s Up Magazine this July! Way to go Lara  …

Crab Creek Initiative Kicks Off!

For the last seven years, the Federation has been focused restoring our most polluted waterway: Church Creek.  We are proud to say that approximately seven large-scale projects later, we are wrapping up our last major project with the Allen Apartments stream restoration this summer. …

Turtle Lift of 2017

The much beloved turtles at the Annapolis Harbour Center are about to get a better home! Anne Arundel County is replacing the current overflow style stormwater pond with a wetland stormwater pond filled with turtle perches for the turtles to bask on. …

2017 Legislative Wrap-up

The 2017 General Assembly Session wound up last week with a mixed bag of good news and bad news …

The Federation’s Comments on the Sediment TMDL

After discussion at the public meeting on February 1, 2017 and careful review of the TMDL for sediment in the South River, the South River Federation (SRF) submits the following comments: …

State of the South River 2016

The South River 2016 Report Card is out!  Generally, the River is holding the line and remaining resilient. The River’s overall grade improved, while the scores of key indicators like dissolved oxygen and water clarity decreased, the scores of many others including bacteria and nutrients improved. …

Raise Your Voice to Protect our Forests and Oysters!

Currently there are 3 pieces of legislation that would directly impact the South River: …

Restoration Director Kirk Mantay Takes New Job at GreenTrust

It will be hard for South River Federation to let go of Kirk Mantay. He has been the main pillar of our large-scale restoration projects over the last 5 years. …

Sediment Threshold Proposed for South River

Maryland Department of the Environment is hosting an event next Wednesday to get public input on the creation of a threshold amount of sediment (Total Maximum Daily Load; TMDL) entering the South River. …

Winter Wildlife

As the winter settles within the South River watershed, you may expect to witness a quieting of the natural world. …

Crystal Spring Development UPDATE

On Tuesday, January 17th, it was announced that the Crystal Spring Development is changing its plans. …

Dirty Jobs: Oyster Edition

This week, over 100 bushels of oyster spat on shell were dropped into the South River together with our partner, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. …

Navy Midshipmen and Annapolis Rowing Club Take on Flat Creek

On December 3rd, volunteers from the Naval Academy and Annapolis Rowing Club joined South River Federation to plant 121 Bald Cyprus and Atlantic Cedars and free even more trees from vines at Flat Creek. …

Riverkeeper Takes Yellow Submarine For a Ride on Glebe Bay

The Federation kicked off December with an exciting and unusual activity: submarining! Thanks to Chesapeake Submarines, South Riverkeeper Jesse Iliff had the opportinity to view the Glebe Bay Sanctuary from beneath the surface in a little yellow submarine. …

The Impossible Stream

Ten years ago, the Federation identified a small stream squeezed between Annapolis Harbour Center and Home Depot as the most degraded stream segment in the South River Watershed  …

Because They Inspired a Love of Nature…

On Giving Tuesday the following people donated to the South River Federation in honor of people who inspired their love of the River and nature …

Church Creek Restoration Ribbon Cutting

This November, the Federation celebrated the ribbon cutting of our Church Creek Headqater’s Restoration Project off Rt. 665 in Annapolis, MD…

Bald Eagles on the South River!

Another Indicator of a Healing South River! In 2016, the South River Federation was excited to discover a group of 25 Bald Eagles!…

Help Us Bring Oysters To The South River!

Do you love a clean and healthy South River? Advocate for oysters!    Show your support for oyster restoration in the South River! Millions of dollars of federal funding are on the line as the Oyster Advisory Commision and Department of Natural Resources decide two more targeted tributaries for oyster restoration. …

Scientific Monitoring of Church Creek HW Project

This large scale restoration project was constructed in 2014. It is located near the top of Church Creek, just before Church Creek tidal (off of Rt.665). …

MCC and READY Crew Plant Trees at Homeport Farm Park

On November 7th and 8th, participants in Maryland Conservation Corps and Howard County’s READY program joined South River Federation to plant trees and shrubs at the newly opened Homeport Farm Park …

County Enforcement Audit

Round Table Discussion at Fall Community Meeting 10/11/16 …

Impossible Stream Round Table Discussion

Ten years ago, the Federation identified a small stream squeezed between Annapolis Harbour Center and Home Depot as the most degraded stream segment in the South River Watershed. …

2016 Fall Community Meeting and Round Table Discussions “Advice for the River”

On Oct. 11th, approximately 50 people attended the Federation’s fall community meeting and participated in three round table discussions on Federation initiatives currently underway. …

Comments on Beverly Triton Beach Plan

Suggestions for Beverly Triton Park from the Public Water Access Committee …

Fact Sheet: Oyster management and the Hogan Administration

The Hogan Administration faces the tough challenge of managing oysters both for watermen and for the largest stakeholder in the state: Marylanders. …

PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO SRF BYLAWS

At the October 11 membership meeting, the membership will vote on comprehensive amendments to the South River Federation Bylaws. …

Federation Works to Preserve Priority Forest next to Quiet Waters Park

The South River Federation has signed on to a letter to Annapolis Mayor Pantelides objecting to the destruction of a priority forest next to Quiet Waters Park.  …

Students Help Restore the River

On May 14th, many young helpers from Davidsonville Elementary School’s green club braved the weather and joined South River Federation to plant herbaceous plants at the preserve at Broad Creek. …

Tracking environmental violations in Anne Arundel County

In late June, I started an investigation of Anne Arundel County’s enforcement of its environmental code. I was motivated to do so after reporting a large sediment release from a construction project along Rt.2. …

Federation Supports Commercial and Sanctuary Reefs on the South River

The South River holds the distinction of being the only tributary on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay which encompasses an existing oyster sanctuary area, private oyster aquaculture leaseholds, and public fishery areas …

Kingbirds Return to Federation Office

Recently, we had the treat of seeing the first significant bird use of our Oak Grove Forest Buffer project, which was planted in 2013 on an eroding slope covered in invasive vines. …