It's almost Thanksgiving, and at SRA that means reflecting on the year that is coming to an end. In 2023 we expanded all of our programs to deepen our impact on the River. Our Floating Classroom program educated more students than ever about oysters, underwater grasses, and how the things we do on land affect the water. We hired Dr. Ben Fertig as our restoration manager, and he has worked with communities up and down the river to advance more restoration projects than ever before. We presented interesting and informative content for hundreds of people through our speaker series. We planted tens of millions of oysters with Oyster Recovery Partnership, and recruited dozens more oyster growers, bringing our total to 304 households in the river, tending nearly 2000 oyster cages.
For me personally, I am most proud of the staff at SRA who despite a hybrid office/virtual work environment, have really become a team, working together to complement each others' strengths and communicating fluidly to pursue the mission we all care so much about--delivering a thriving Severn River. Your team here at SRA is small but mighty, working cohesively and efficiently to connect with our residents, to restore our streams and stormwater systems, and protect our cherished Severn River. But while SRA has reached new heights of productivity in 2023, we have only done that by standing on your shoulders, our grassroots supporters who make all this work possible.
So this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for our incredible staff, our dedicated board, and YOU, for investing your time and treasure in the Severn River Association.