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Currently there are 3 pieces of legislation that would directly impact the South River:

FORESTS

House Bill 599: Requires that any forest cleared above one acre be replanted at a 1:1 ratio. Currently, developers are only required to replant ¼ acre for each acre cleared.

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? Forests provide innumerable benefits to water quality, air quality, and habitat in our State. This legislation will help ensure that those benefits do not continue to shrink along with Maryland’s dwindling forest cover. At least 14 to 22 acres of forest are cut down or lost each day in Maryland—equal to at least 10 football fields of trees. That’s 5,000 to 8,000 acres each year. Tell your elected officials  to vote FOR House Bill 599 and "conserve the forests that are a vital protection and filter for the South River."

It will be hard for South River Federation to let go of Kirk Mantay. He has been the main pillar of our large-scale restoration projects over the last 5 years. However, even we have to admit that he couldn't miss this opportunity to become the Director of Operations at a growing regional land trust, the GreenTrust Alliance, headquartered in Annapolis, where he can venture into the expanding world of market-based strategic land protection.

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.

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!"

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.