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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.

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.

South River Federation is saddened to report the loss of one of its greatest supporters, Gwenn Azama in late July. Born and raised in Hawaii, Gwenn grew up with an appreciation of the fragile ecology in which we live. When she and her husband Owen Cook moved to Annapolis in 1998, she became equally passionate about protecting the South River.

 

An extraordinarily creative soul, Gwenn graduated from Castle High School and left for New York to attend the Pratt Institute, School of Design to study fashion design. She later attended classes at UCLA, before receiving a B.S. in Fashion Design and Merchandising from the University of Hawaii and a M.S. in Technology Systems Management from the University of Southern California (USC). In March of 2004, Gwenn retired from Dell Inc. as a Global Account Executive for the Fortune 500 company. During her 25 year career within the computer industry, she held a variety of sales, marketing, and management roles that include Federal Government agencies located in Anne Arundel County. Gwenn also served as chairman of the Save Your Annapolis Neck Group and graduated from the Leadership Anne Arundel Flagship Program.

 

Gwenn served on the South River Federation board from 2006 to 2016, often as an officer, and was always willing to help out, whether at a planting, the annual auction or even on mundane tasks like stuffing envelopes. Gwenn, with her husband Owen, built the backbone of the Federation’s information technology system, allowing us to support our programs and communicate with our supporters.  Her warmth and kindness were part of everything Gwenn touched and accomplished. She will be sorely missed at South River Federation but leaves a remarkable legacy of passion and support. 

 

A Memorial Gathering will be held Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 1 pm to 3 pm at Hardesty Funeral Home (12 Ridgely Ave. Annapolis, MD 21401). The family has asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to South River Federation.

 

 

 

 

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Flat Creek’s “Gravely Grand Canyon” is one of the fastest eroding tributary systems in the South River, with over 11,000 linear feet of ephemeral and intermittent channels as deep as 20 feet across many properties.  The Gravely Community, located in Davidsonville, MD, owns the uppermost limits of this watershed, with sufficient property to abate at least four headcutting gullies at once, and set the stage for future habitat restoration projects downstream. The Federation received a Watershed Assistance Grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust in December of 2016 to cover design costs. This grant program is funded through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Chesapeake Bay Program.

Take a walk in your community, go hiking in a County park, or even look in your own back yard- you’ll probably see a mass of vines climbing the trunks and branches of trees or blanketing the ground. You are likely looking at one or two widespread invasive species that are bad news for our forests. One of the most commonly seen offenders in the South River watershed (or anywhere on the East Coast, really…) is English Ivy.

English Ivy, native to Europe and Asia and introduced in the 18th century as a hardy evergreen groundcover, is so ubiquitous in the US that most people probably don’t realize it’s invasive. It can be found everywhere you go- climbing buildings and houses in the city or your neighborhood, and swarming up the trunks of trees and blanketing the forest floor. As the vine spreads across the ground it quickly overwhelms native plants and shrubs, denying them moisture and sunlight. As it climb trees it sprouts branches and competes with it host for sunlight. Over time, the mass of vines becomes thicker and heavier, eventually reaching the point where the added mass can cause trees to become unstable and vulnerable to toppling over during high winds. After climbing high enough, the vine will begin to produce seeds which are consumed and spread by birds, allowing it to quickly spread over large areas.