Maryland Proposes St. Mary's River
for Major Oyster Restoration Project
Breton Bay Proposed for
Federal Partnership Oyster Restoration
In a press release on Friday, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Mark Belton announced a comprehensive plan on oyster restoration. He also announced as a part of this plan the recommendation to put forth the upper St. Mary's River and Breton Bay as Maryland's fourth and fifth tributaries to satisfy the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement, which has the goal of restoring oysters in ten tributaries by 2025—five in Maryland and five in Virginia. Read more.
Watershed Implementation Plan:
A Characterization of
the St. Mary's River Watershed
Want to know more about current status of the Watershed? The first draft of the
Characterization document (part of the St. Mary's River Watershed Restoration Action Strategy) is now available online! This document presents a snapshot of the watershed in terms of its environmental issues, natural resources, and human development, needs, and impacts.
303d Campaign to
Restore the St. Mary's River
The EPA has listed the St. Mary's River as an impaired tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. Simply stated, the river is polluted and it's getting worse, not better. Read More.
Join the new 303d Campaign and become a River Guardian or a River Steward.
Oysters Filtering Water
An adult oyster can filter 55 gallons of water each day. Once oysters filtered the entire Chesapeake Bay every few days.
Clean Water Act Turns 45
Today, October 18, marks the 45th anniversary of President Richard Nixon signing into law the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972—known more by it's common name, the Clean Water Act.
Republican President Ronald Reagan embraced the Clean Water Act and set the tone for the Chesapeake Bay Program—a six states and the District pact to clean up our Chesapeake Bay (1983).
“Preservation of our environment is not a liberal or conservative challenge, its common sense. Though this is a time of budget constraints, I have requested for EPA one of the largest percentage budget increases of any agency. We will begin the long, necessary effort to clean up a productive recreational area and a special national resource—the Chesapeake Bay.”
—President Ronald Reagan
River Friendly Program
Behavior Change Pledge Form
We are entering our twelfth year protecting and restoring the St. Mary's River. Over this time, we have learned, in part, is that YOU, our members and supporters, are passionate about our river and its health. We know that the St. Mary's is special and that the residents here and wide are dedicated to actions and lifestyles that are river friendly. Please help us document your commitment to a healthy St. Mary's River.
Please take five minutes out of your day to fill out a pledge form. Complete the form with a check mark by actions you plan to take and inital any tasks already accomplished. Your signed form can be scanned in and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or snail-mailed to the return address at the bottom of the pledge form.
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.
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