• We use science, restoration, and community action to make the
    South, West, and Rhode Rivers cleaner and healthier.

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    Our Rivers

    We are dedicated to protecting, restoring, and
    preserving the waters of the South, West, and Rhode Rivers.

    SOUTH RIVER
    WEST RIVER
    RHODE RIVER

    How We Fix Rivers

    • With Advocacy

      Our Riverkeeper advocates for new policies and ensures enforcement of existing laws to protect the waterways of Southern Anne Arundel County.

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    • Through Restoration

      The Federation has installed over 90 projects since its founding in 2001. They range from multi-million dollar stream restoration projects, living shorelines, wetland creation, stormwater bioretention, and rain gardens.

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    • Tracking River Health

      We monitor the health of our three rivers at 35 stations to target our restoration efforts; putting 80% of our resources into our most polluted creeks.

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    • Community Services

      We provide a free and convenient sewage pumpout boat for local boaters, preventing thousands of gallons of raw sewage from potentially being dumped overboard. We test bacteria levels at community water recreational areas, so residents know when it is safe to swim. We provide volunteer opportunities for children and adults to help plant trees, clean up streams, and restore our oyster population.

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    Recent
    News

    News, activities, and events.
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    • Tell the County: “Don’t Waive Forest Laws at Glebe Heights!”

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    • 2023 Arundel Rivers Annual Meeting

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    • 2023 Bacteria Testing Season Wrap-up

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    • Swim & Paddle the South River

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    • A message from our intern, Kate Moore

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    • Help Save the Forest at Glebe Heights

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    • Arundel Rivers’ Business Sponsorship Program

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    • A message from your Riverkeeper, Elle Bassett

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      Get Involved

      Arundel Rivers Federation is effective because of the people who live,
      work and play on the South, West and Rhode Rivers.

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