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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. Upon discussing it with County personnel, I learned that it is very rare for the County to issue a civil fine for incidents causing environmental damage.  Effectively, as long as a violator acknowledges that they have caused damage and informs the County that they will try to prevent it from happening again, there is no consequence for polluting County waterways.

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. This latest iteration of the development proposes to clear 39.5 acres of forest, retain 51 acres, reforest 16.45 acres, and convey “75+ acres” into conservation easements. The former developer from Connecticut, Hillspoint LLC, has abandoned the project. See Annapolis Capital Article here.

On August 11, 2017, the City completed its review of the plans, located on the City’s e-Trakit database as SE2017-004, and concluded that the plans were incomplete. In its comments, the City noted 25 outstanding issues to resolve. Notable comments include: the requirement that the proposed conservation easements be supported with easement documents expressing specific restrictions on the use of the property; the forest conservation plan does not delineate the 100 ft buffer to non-tidal wetlands or the intermittent stream on the property; “In addition to variances for clearing priority forest and significant & specimen trees, the applicant is required to, show how techniques for forest retention have been exhausted and demonstrate why priority forests and priority areas… cannot be left in an undisturbed condition”; and the traffic statement must address the entire proposed subdivision. The City’s final comment was “Overall the applications are inconsistent, incomplete, lack analysis and detail. Further, the plans are difficult to read and understand.”


oyster reefball spatted

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. As part of this Chesapeake Bay Trust program, each corps member needs to complete a capstone project. Because of Jaclyn’s experience and interest in oyster restoration, she chose to help us figure out the logistics behind incorporating oyster reef balls into a living shoreline that is being installed at Turnbull Estates in Glebe Bay. It might sound simple to add some oysters to a shoreline project, but the logistics are many and varied. The Federation very much appreciates the amount of time and energy Jaclyn invested in helping us figure out the different potential approaches.

by: Jaclyn Fisher

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.

We headed down south late Sunday afternoon, stopping to camp in North Carolina, before continuing to the “East Coast Eclipse Capital” early Monday morning.

After 8 total hours of driving, we hunkered down lakeside at Sesquicentennial State Park alongside thousands of other eager viewers, waiting for the spectacle to begin.

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. Kevin has been an active South River Federation volunteer since 2005 and is committed to a grassroots approach to improving water quality by engaging and encouraging community participation in watershed restoration. 

He has been a sitting board member since 2009, and chaired the board for 2014 and 2015. He also sits on the Board of Annapolis Green. His volunteer activities include the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Oyster Recovery Center, the Marylanders Grow Oyster program and he’s a certified Anne Arundel County Master Watershed Steward. He is an active Marylanders Grow Oysters participant maintaining almost 40 cages of oysters each year.

Kevin was raised in Maryland and has lived in Annapolis since 2003.  He is retired from the National Archives and Records Administration where he served as an Information Technology Manager responsible for the information systems that deliver public access to the official text of Federal Laws, Presidential Documents and Administrative Regulations. 

Kevin and his wife Stacey live in Hillsmere Shores, where he is a former Board of Directors member and is currently the chair of community’s environmental committee. He has been actively involved in the creation of several significant stormwater projects for the community.