News Along the Severn

November 2023

River Otter swims on the Severn

River otter swims on the Severn

Executive Director's Corner

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. 

With Gratitude,

Jesse Iliff

Executive Director

[email protected]

Oyster Dive Report

Master Diver Cody suits up for the first research dive of 2023

SRA Operations and Communications Manager Sarah dives for oysters too!

Volunteer John Anderson learns the research dive protocol

Emi and Ben count the oyster samples to determine a survivability rate

SRA has been conducting annual scientific oyster diving operations to monitor the health of five restoration reefs in the Severn River between the Rt. 50 and US Naval Academy Bridges, since 2019. For 2023, survival rates for one-year-old oysters ranged from 75% to 86% in samples collected during scientific oyster dive operations last month.  

On a bright, calm, and sort-of warm morning in early October, divers Cody Lassiter, Sarah Winchester, and John Anderson sampled oysters on the restoration reefs known as Wade 2, outside of Weems Creek, and a section of Peach Orchard, in front of the Manresa assisted living facility. 

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Maryland Charity Campaign

Now - Dec 11, 2023

If you are a state employee select Severn River Association as your charity of choice!

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SRA In Action

Check out our new photo album of our

Water Quality Monitoring volunteers!

Volunteer Photo Album

New SRA Blogs

SRA's Program Officer, Tom Guay, has launched some new blogs to keep you up-to-date on the status of our water quality monitoring and Operation Osprey programs. Check them out on our website!

Water Quality
Operation Osprey

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