Save The Date!
1:00 to 4:00 Sunday, June 5, 2016
State House Lawn Historic St. Mary's City
Advance Ticket Sales Discounted $10
(before April 30)
Featuring Faire from the River
Silent & Live Auction
Gretchen Richie Jazz Cabaret
Interpretive Sign for
Oyster Reef Project
A hearty thanks to the Chesapeake Bay Trust for funding the design and manufacture of this exciting sign, which was installed last week at the college waterfront. And hats off to Dan Branigan and the college staff who endured northwest winds and temperatures in the twenties to get the sign installed promptly. It is only through the generous support of our partners and members that exciting work like this continues throughout the year.
The signage project was organized and led by Allison Rugila, SMRWA program director. The design by Stephanie Sobchak Graphic Designs was based on Allison's content and utilizing several of the Association's photgraphs from actual projects and field trips at the reef.
40-Page Guide Published
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.
Save the Date!
Saturday, September 24, 2016
at Historic St. Mary's City
50-50 Rain Garden Funds
Still Available to Homeowners
There are numerous ways to positively impact our beloved river from collecting trash to arresting rainwater runoff before it reaches the river. A rain garden is the perfect opportunity to make a difference. This natural water filtration system is not only aesthetically appealing, but also a big help in reducing runoff by catching storm water from your roof and/or driveway and filtering it through plant use and organic materials. And best of all—we have grant funding to assit you in designing and building your dream rain garden!
You must be within our watershed to qualify for our 50/50 cost share program. If you are interested, are unsure about your location qualifications, or have questions concerning a rain garden, please contact us at Email: info[at]stmarysriver.org
Oysters Filtering Water
An adult oyster can filter 55 gallons of water each day. Once oysters filtered the entire Chesapeake Bay every few days.
303d Campaign to
Restore the St. Mary's River
The EPA has listed the St. Mary's River as an impaired tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. Simply stated, the river is polluted and it's getting worse, not better. Read More.
Join the new 303d Campaign and become a River Guardian or a River Steward.
Just updated: SMRWA recognizes donors to the 303d Campaign.
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