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Boeing Awards $25,000

      The Boeing Company awarded a $25,000 grant to St. Mary's River Watershed Association, enabling the Association to carry on oyster restoration and storm water mitigation projects within the watershed.

      A major focus of Boeing support is to engage diverse communities of youths and youth groups in hands-on experiences and structured education about our environment.

      Read more . . .


Time-lapse:
Oysters Filtering Water

An adult oyster can filter 55 gallons of water each day. Once oysters filtered the entire Chesapeake Bay every few days.


St. Mary's environmental group wins another federal grant - seeks homeowners to install rain gardens

      NOVEMBER 4, 2014-St. Mary's River is one of more than thirty waterways in the region that will benefit in the current round of grants under the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund. Administered through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the $34,840 Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grant will provide funding for installation of more than a dozen small storm water mitigation projects, such as rain gardens, that will move St. Mary's county forward in meeting the goals of the local watershed implementation plan (WIP).   Read more . . .





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40-Page Guide Published


Available Free

The forty-page guide, From My Backyard to Our Bay, A St. Mary's County Resident's Guide to Improving Our Environment and Drinking Water, is available free at area businesses, or you can download it from our web site. The Greenery in Hollywood, Chicken Scratch in Park Hall, and Good Earth Natural Foods in Leonardtown have free copies. Support your local businesses and get your free copy.    Download compressed version [3.8 MB]

A download link to a high resolution PDF formatted version is available on our publications page.

 

Just Published!


      A good look at what we have accomplished this year.   Read more . . .

Recycling Concrete
to Create Habitat

      On Sunday, October 5, fifteen volunteers loaded 25 tons of concrete onto the barge, Whiskers (operated by Captain Craig Kelley), who motored it into placed where each piece made a huge splash as it settled down in Horseshoe Bend creating habitat for oysters and other marine animals.   Read more . . .



Water Clarity Increasing
In St. Mary's River

      October 22, 2014 - Horseshoe Bend.—Many of you have commented that the river is finally clearing up again. Today we could see down to the bottom in eight feet of water! This is good news. The bad news is that this past summer had significant algae growth clouding the waters and causing intermittent low-oxygen episodes. These conditions are very hard on underwater sea grasses and many of our beds have died back. Underwater grasses are keystone species; they clear the waters of sediments, provide oxygen and reduce carbon dioxide, and they provide safe habitat for crabs and small fish.

      October 29, 2014. Today, the water clarity was the deepest I have seen - 121 inches, over 10 feet.


Local Businesses Support
Oyster Reef Project

      Three local companies deserve your thanks and support. In 2013, Carruth & Son Inc, Colliflower & Peterson Inc, and Reliable Marine became working partners on our St. Mary's River Oyster Reef Project. Their enormous support was essential in bringing this project to fruition. We could not have done it without them.    Read more.

      Please show your appreciation by supporting these businesses.

      The St. Mary's River Oyster Reef is a partnership project of the local Rotary clubs and Rotary District 7620, St. Mary's College of Maryland, and the St. Mary's River Watershed Association.



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