Boeing Reef Build
On Saturday, July 30th we'll be building the 35th reef mound (the first constructed with stone) as part of Boeing's Month of Service.
Since 2013, the Oyster Reef Project, a partnership between SMRWA, Leonardtown Rotary Club, and St. Mary's College of Maryland, has restored nearly two acres of crucial habitat to the St. Mary's River oyster sanctuary. Within the five acre restoration site, 21 reef ball, 2 shell pile, and 13 concrete rubble mounds have been constructed, requiring 603 reef balls, 270 bushels of oyster shell, nearly 190 tons of concrete rubble.
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.
Oysters Filtering Water
An adult oyster can filter 55 gallons of water each day. Once oysters filtered the entire Chesapeake Bay every few days.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Watershed Implementation Plan:
A Characterization of
the St. Mary's River Watershed
Want to know more about current status of the Watershed? The first draft of the
Characterization document (part of the St. Mary's River Watershed Restoration Action Strategy) is now available online! This document presents a snapshot of the watershed in terms of its environmental issues, natural resources, and human development, needs, and impacts.
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.