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SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, September 26, 2015
at Historic St. Mary's City
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Kayak Raffle

      This years kayak raffle is underway! The winner will receive a Potomac Sport Trailblazer 100 kayak with a paddle, PFD, and fishing outfit. Tickets cost $2 each, 6 for $10, or 13 for $20 and can be purchased by check or online. Drawing takes place September 26, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at RiverFest.

CPCS helps build Reef Balls


       On June 8th three sixth grade classes from the Chesapeake Public Charter School helped build three reef balls for the St. Mary's Oyster Reef Project.
       Students also gained insight into the ecology and history of oysters, water quality issues, habitat loss, and restoration in the Chesapeake Bay.

Summer Exhibiting

12th Annual Juneteenth Celebration
June 20th, John G. Lancaster Park

St. Mary's Crab Festival
June 13th, St. Mary's County Fairgrounds

Youth Fishing Rodeo - May 9th, St. Mary's River State Park
Green Arts Festival - May 2nd, Chesapeake Public Charter School
Earth Day - April 19th, Leonardtown Square

Time-lapse:
Oysters Filtering Water

An adult oyster can filter 55 gallons of water each day. Once oysters filtered the entire Chesapeake Bay every few days.


40-Page Guide Published


Available Free

The forty-page guide, From My Backyard to Our Bay, A St. Mary's County Resident's Guide to Improving Our Environment and Drinking Water, is available free at area businesses, or you can download it from our web site. The Greenery in Hollywood, Chicken Scratch in Park Hall, and Good Earth Natural Foods in Leonardtown have free copies. Support your local businesses and get your free copy.    Download compressed version [3.8 MB]

A download link to a high resolution PDF formatted version
is available on our publications page.



Thank you!

      The weather was spectacular last Sunday, June 7th for our 5th Annual A River Affair, held at the State House Lawn in Historic St. Mary's City. With your help we raised over $31,000 to be put towards the restoration and preservation of the St. Mary's River.
      Over 140 people were in attendance, showing their support and celebrating this year's River Champions, The Boeing Company and our very own Joe Anderson.

      A special thanks to our auction item donors and winners (too numerous to mention) who made this event a success. We couldn't have done it without you!

Envirothon State Finalist
Oyster Planting

       On Wednesday, June 17th ninety high school students, representing schools from each county in Maryland, participated in local oyster restoration efforts by planting over 300,000 oysters into the St. Mary's River oyster sanctuary. All of the oysters planted during this event were provided by the Marylanders Grow Oysters program (managed by MD DNR) and raised by local volunteers.

       As part of the Envirothon State competition, these students also spent time learning about oyster reef ecosystems, the health of the Bay, and current restoration strategies through a seining activity and educational talk


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Local Businesses Support
Oyster Reef Project

      Three local companies deserve your thanks and support. In 2013, Carruth & Son Inc, Colliflower & Peterson Inc, and Reliable Marine became working partners on our St. Mary's River Oyster Reef Project. Their enormous support was essential in bringing this project to fruition. We could not have done it without them.    Read more.

      Please show your appreciation by supporting these businesses.

      The St. Mary's River Oyster Reef is a partnership project of the local Rotary clubs and Rotary District 7620, St. Mary's College of Maryland, and the St. Mary's River Watershed Association.



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