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Sediment Threshold Is Being Set for the South River For the First Time

Make your voice heard! 

Maryland Department of the Environment is hosting an event next Wednesday to get public input on the creation of a threshold amount of sediment (Total Maximum Daily Load; TMDL) entering the South River. Sediment is the number one pollutant for the South River, both by volume and by impact. Help put the South River on a "dirt diet!"

On Tuesday, January 17th, it was announced that the Crystal Spring Development is changing its plans. The new proposal focuses solely on the retirement community, dropping the mixed-use commercial elements that faced staunch opposition.

This week, over 100 bushels of oyster spat on shell were dropped into the South River together with our partner, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. After the day was over, the hard working mix of volunteers and staff looked like they were straight off the set of "Dirty Jobs: Oyster Edition." On the left, the Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteers for each organization stand after loading over 200 bags of oysters into a truck headed for the South River, completely covered in mud and smiles. 

As the winter settles within the South River watershed, you may expect to witness a quieting of the natural world. The buzz of cicadas and medley of songs by nesting birds subside for the season. However, many animals are still active and bustling about. You won’t have to travel far to hear the high-pitched chip of the cardinal or the kew of the dark-eyed junco in your neighborhood or along wooded trails.

On December 3rd, volunteers from the Naval Academy and Annapolis Rowing Club joined South River Federation to plant 121 Bald Cyprus and Atlantic Cedars and free even more trees from vines at Flat Creek. Despite the chilly weather and extremely muddy conditions, both groups worked fast to plant the new trees and free trees planted in previous years that have since been taken over by climbing hemp vine and other weedy vegetation. Thanks to their help, a large step has now been taken to reforest the Flat Creek wetland.