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The South River Federation and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center are partnering to study a tributary of the South River that has been known Church Creek 2previously as one of the most polluted creeks in the River’s watershed, Church Creek. Over the past six years, Church Creek has been the focus of numerous small and large-scale restoration projects. These projects, called Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMPs), are designed specifically to reduce the impact of runoff from highly developed areas like that of the Church Creek watershed. By dividing Church Creek’s main watershed into various sub-watersheds, and monitoring each individually for nutrients, sediment, and other basic hydrochemistry, we aim to determine the effectiveness of various types of BMPs. Our research will also take into account combinations of BMP influences existing in Church Creek to assess the effect of “layered” projects, a technique that is cutting edge in the realm of stream restoration.

The Federation's Annual Kayak Sojourn and Potluck Picnic was June 24th. Despite the forecast calling for storms, it was a beautiful day for a paddle and a picnic. Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator Nancy Merrill lead a flotilla of around 25 people out towards Selby Bay, along the shore, and into a cove, teaching the group about local wildlife such as the marsh periwinkle snail. This small snail has a thick, spiraling shell and lives in tidal marshes and wetlands throughout the Chesapeake, living on grasses such as neddlerush and smooth cordgrass. But what makes the snail unique is its vertical migration. At high tide the snail is typically found high up on the grass above the waterline. As the tide falls, the snails move down the grass and onto the muddy substrate below. Apparently if you take the snail across the country, it will continue to move with the tides of the Chesapeake!

 

 

 

Congratulations to Our "Super-Volunteer" Lara Mulvaney

Lara Mulvaney, who has volunteered for the South River Federation for years, was profiled in What's Up Magazine this July! Way to go Lara!

View Article: Salute to Lara Mulvaney

 

 

What is the Green Give?

The Green Give is a new, 24-hour online fundraising and engagement-building initiative for environmental non-profits in Anne Arundel County. This year, 11 different environmental organizations took part, all of which are listed below. The event ran from June 12th to the 13th, with a live kick-off celebration held at Historic London Town and Gardens. By working together, the Green Give fosters collaboration and helps organizations share resources and ideas, learn new approaches, engage others in their causes and coordinate actions across sectors to achieve high impact. The Green Give encourages everyone to become a force for the Greener Good!

 

Keeping Crab Creek Trash-Free

There is a tremendous amount of trash washing down Crab Creek into the South River. The Federation has been doing stream clean-ups on this stretch for years, but without access to the city-owned property where most of the trash originates, our clean-up efforts are a bandaid not a solution.

The Federation believes that the Mayor and the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis (HACA) does not understand the volume of trash flowing into Crab Creek and into the river, leading to a lack of action. Thus, on June 30, 2017 Federation staff and volunteers constructed a steel and plastic trash trap in a freshwater stream leading to Crab Creek near Wagon Trail Road in Annapolis. We are hoping by scientifically quantifying the volume of trash litter as well as providing startling visual documentation, it will aid in our efforts to advocate for more effective waste control and environmental protection.