This years kayak raffle has begun! 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.
2015 River Cleanup
The St. Mary's River Watershed Association hosted its 7th Annual St. Mary's River Cleanup on April 11th. With the help of 38 volunteers over 2400 lbs. of trash and recyclables, 17 tires, and over 200 cigarette butts were collected from tributaries of the St. Mary's River.
Hermanville Road Cleanup along the Eastern Branch, including
members of the Cornerstone Presbyterian Church cub pack #2819.
Geoff Westbrook bringing tires ashore in the upper St. Mary's River.
Paddling Cleanup on the St. Mary's River water trail.
Boeing Awards $25,000
The Boeing Company awarded a $25,000 grant to St. Mary's River Watershed Association, enabling the Association to carry on oyster restoration and storm water mitigation projects within the watershed.
A major focus of Boeing support is to engage diverse communities of youths and youth groups in hands-on experiences and structured education about our environment.
Read more . . .
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
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.
Sunday, June 7th from 1pm to 4 pm
at the State House - Historic St. Mary's City
Join us for the fifth anniversary celebration of the St. Mary's River and our campaign for clean water. This event will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres and libations from local vendors.
Tickets are $70 per person and can be purchased in advance by check or via PayPal. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the St. Mary's River. For more information call us at (301)904-2387.
Saved for Now
HB 0638 that would have re-designated the waters of the upper St. Mary's River as open harvest areas for power dredging HAS BEEN STOPPED thanks to your support, emails, and phone calls. Thank you for coming to the defense of the St. Mary's River!
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Water Clarity Increasing
In St. Mary's River
October 22, 2014 - Horseshoe Bend.—Many of you have commented that the river is finally clearing up again. Today we could see down to the bottom in eight feet of water! This is good news. The bad news is that this past summer had significant algae growth clouding the waters and causing intermittent low-oxygen episodes. These conditions are very hard on underwater sea grasses and many of our beds have died back. Underwater grasses are keystone species; they clear the waters of sediments, provide oxygen and reduce carbon dioxide, and they provide safe habitat for crabs and small fish.
October 29, 2014. Today, the water clarity was the deepest I have seen - 121 inches, over 10 feet.
St. Mary's environmental group wins another federal grant - seeks homeowners to install rain gardens
NOVEMBER 4, 2014-St. Mary's River is one of more than thirty waterways in the region that will benefit in the current round of grants under the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund. Administered through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the $34,840 Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grant will provide funding for installation of more than a dozen small storm water mitigation projects, such as rain gardens, that will move St. Mary's county forward in meeting the goals of the local watershed implementation plan (WIP). Read more . . .
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.