Volunteers Sought for St. Mary's
River Cleanup April 11
Enjoy a wonderful paddle while helping cleanup the St. Mary's River, Saturday, April 11, 9 a.m. to 12 noon during the 7th Annual St. Mary's River Cleanup hosted by the St. Mary's River Watershed Association. Volunteers will paddle up and down the St. Mary's River Water Trail from the end of Adkins Road. The public is invited to participate. Registration is required. Please call 301-737-2903 or email Bob Lewis@stmarysriver.org
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.
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Year In Review
A good look at what we have accomplished this year. Read more . . .
to Create Habitat
On Sunday, October 5, fifteen volunteers loaded 25 tons of concrete onto the barge, Whiskers (operated by Captain Craig Kelley), who motored it into placed where each piece made a huge splash as it settled down in Horseshoe Bend creating habitat for oysters and other marine animals. 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.
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!
TBD March through
Call for Volunteers
Bob will take small groups of volunteers into the field to collect benthic animals in partnership with the Maryland Stream Waders program. Hip boots or waders are required. Under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Email Bob to get on his schedule. Bob Lewis@stmarysriver.org For more information, check out Maryland Stream Waters for more information.
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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.