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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. 

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.

On Giving Tuesday the following people donated to the South River Federation in honor of people who inspired their love of the River and nature.

 The Federation kicked off December with an exciting and unusual activity: submarining! 

Thanks to Chesapeake Submarines, South Riverkeeper Jesse Iliff had the opportinity to view the Glebe Bay Sanctuary from beneath the surface in a little yellow submarine. Unfortunately, rain the previous day made it difficult to see the oyster sanctuary with full clarity, however Jesse reports that from what he could see they are looking good! Thanks again to Chesapeake Submarines! We hope to dive down again soon! 

To view more photos of Jesse and the Yellow Submarine, view our Facebook page here

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Ten years ago, the Federation identified a small stream squeezed between Annapolis Harbour Center and Home Depot as the most degraded stream segment in the South River Watershed. Over 70% of its drainage area consisted of pavement or hard surface! Despite being told that it was “impossible” to restore the “dead stream” that leads into Church Creek (the most polluted creek on the river), the Federation believed that the polluted stormwater gushing from the stream had to be brought under control if we were to heal the river as a whole.