Recent News

June 17, 2021

Thousands of Cicadas Wash Up

            Thousands of cicadas were washed up on the shore of Herring Bay Friday morning, part of a veiny-winged tide of bugs found on boat […]

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May 13, 2021

Annapolis Landing Stream Restoration

Annapolis Landing Project is Completed! Beards Creek is the 3rd most polluted creek on the South River. This stream restoration project, completed in May, 2021 is located in the community […]

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April 22, 2021

Herrington Harbor North Restoration

At Herrington Harbour North Marina, the Federation restored a rapidly eroding headcut in an area of the County that has seen little restoration work. With full landowner support in a […]

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April 20, 2021

Federation Honor’s Long-time Supporter with Boat Renaming

On April 10th, the Federation Board and staff was joined by a group of supporters at the Hillsmere Boat launch for a special occasion- the renaming of our West Rhode […]

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April 9, 2021

Data Deep Dive Presentation

If you missed our Data Deep Dive Presentation, click below to view it. Riverkeeper, Jesse Iliff, discusses the mysteries in our analysis of 2020 data.

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April 5, 2021

What is the Orange Stuff I See in Streams?

We get asked frequently what is the orange stuff people see in streams. It is not some toxic chemical or harmful algae. Rather it is a bacteria that fixes oxygen […]

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March 20, 2021

2020 State Of Our Rivers Report

Here is our 2020 State of Our Rivers Report Card! See the Arundel Rivers on the Half Shell video presentation including an overview of the report card data by Jesse […]

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March 12, 2021

Where Are They Now? Following the Lives of Chesapeake Conservation Corps Members

Episode 2: Katie Geiger Interviewed: March 4th, 2021 The Federation is proud to serve as an incubator for young professionals as they enter the environmental field. This blog is the […]

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March 1, 2021

Busy as Beavers at Annapolis Landing in Riva, Md

We’re busy as beavers at Annapolis Landing in Riva, MD installing innovative log-jams instead of the traditional rock step pools. This technique is cost efficient and very low-impact. Learn more.

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February 26, 2021

Winter Weather is No Match for Annapolis Landing Restoration

February has graced Annapolis with the full suite of winter weather: ice storms, snow, sleet, hail, and freezing rain alike. And as luck may have it, the snowiest winter we’ve […]

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November 16, 2020

Mild Weather but Persistent Dead Zones

We have finished the 2020 monitoring season for the South, West and Rhode Rivers. The season was characterized by relatively mild weather but those creeks with the most impervious surfaces […]

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November 10, 2020

Where Are They Now: Following the Lives of Chesapeake Conservation Corps Members

Episode 1: Caroline Rodriguez The Federation is proud to serve as an incubator for young professionals as they enter the environmental field. This blog is the first of a series […]

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October 9, 2020

Where Do the Ospreys Go?

Here one day, gone the next. Seemingly overnight, the ospreys that populate the Chesapeake Bay in abundance vanish without a trace. Gone is the classic ‘ee-ee-ee’ screech that echoes throughout […]

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October 5, 2020

Our Commitment to a Better World

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Justice The Arundel Rivers Federation is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice so that […]

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September 8, 2020

Help Our Rivers by Catching and Eating Invasive Fish

Invasive species, like Snakehead fish and Blue Catfish out-compete the native species of fish for food and habitat and damages the local food web. Help our rivers by catching and […]

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2020 Bacteria Sampling

The Federation is proud of the role it plays in keeping residents informed about when and where it is safe to swim. Weekly, all summer long, Marvin Solberg and Diane […]

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Help Our Rivers– Catch and Eat Invasive Fish

Invasive Fish Recipes Help native fish by catching and eating non-native invasive species such as Snakehead fish and Blue Catfish. Enjoy these two great recipes below. From: WUSA9! Author: Madeline Cuddihy […]

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August 31, 2020

Chloe Heads into the Field and onto the River

Chloe Obara’s First Week Hi, my name is Chloe! I just graduated from William & Mary this spring with a degree in geology and a minor in marine science. I […]

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July 9, 2020

Osprey Cam Update

The Osprey family is having a wonderful summer on the South River! Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum took turns building their nest. Osprey require the perfect spot to build a […]

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June 17, 2020

Federation Internship: Week #1

Hi, my name is Jon! I am an environmental science and technology major at University of Maryland, College Park. My internship with the Arundel Rivers Federation has only just begun […]

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April 27, 2020

Behind the Scenes of our Scorecard

By Sarah Giordano, Arundel Rivers Federation Around this time, each year, we share exciting news about the state of our rivers. Often, we present this in the form of a […]

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April 15, 2020

State of Our Rivers Report – 2019

The Federation is pleased to present you with our State of Our Rivers Report Card! Our South, West, and Rhode Riverkeeper, Jesse Iliff, presented the report card virtually. We will […]

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April 10, 2020

The Northern Snakehead: Coming to a Creek Near You?

By David Lanier, Arundel Rivers Federation Channa argus, commonly known as the Northern Snakehead, is an invasive fish that is native to parts of China, Korea, and Russia. They were first […]

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March 20, 2020

Coronavirus Update March 20th

Federation Coronavirus update: March, 20, 2020 We are hoping that all our members of our Federation Family stay healthy and safe. Please follow the guidelines laid out by Governor Hogan […]

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March 1, 2020

Glebe Bay Oyster Sanctuary Reef Population Survey

As a part of the Chesapeake Conservation Corps program through the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Shayna Keller developed an oyster population survey for the Glebe Bay Oyster Sanctuary Reef. The restoration […]

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Water Quality Measurements

The Federation prides itself on science-based restoration. To enhance our understanding of the river, the South, West, & Rhode RIVERKEEPER® collects a battery of water quality data from almost over […]

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February 18, 2020

Use Your Voice To Protect Our Rivers

In the 2020 legislative session, Arundel Rivers is working on 6 bills (so far!). Please help us pass these bills by contacting your local representative. To send a letter or […]

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January 13, 2020

Senator Van Hollen Wants EPA to Enforce Pollution Targets

Senator Van Hollen put out this statement in response to EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Director Dana Aunkst calling Bay pollution targets as “aspirational” and not “enforceable”. For Immediate Release January […]

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January 7, 2020

Not Just An “Aspiration”

Remember that huge algae bloom that ravaged Anne Arundel County rivers over the holiday break? On Friday afternoon, the head of EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, Dana Aunkst, gave us to […]

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January 3, 2020

Glebe Heights Public Meeting

On December 30, 2019, Jesse Iliff, South RiverKeeper, visited the Edgewater library for a public hearing on a proposed development along Glebe Heights Drive. Given the timing between holidays, I […]

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January 1, 2020

Charting the Course for BMPS: A Church Creek Case Study

The South River Federation and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center are partnering to study a tributary of the South River that has been known previously as one of the most […]

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November 22, 2019

Forest Conservation ACT PASSED!

Thank You County Council Members for Protecting Our Local Forests! Just over two months ago, the Federation jumped right into the thick of the fight for our County’s forests when […]

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November 5, 2019

River Reflections and Underwater Grasses

As we reflect on the past two monitoring seasons, we see a feast-or-famine paradigm unfolding in terms of rainfall and water quality. In 2018, we had record-setting rainfall that brought […]

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November 4, 2019

Our Fall 2019 Volunteers Really Rocked the Boat!

Enjoy a look at our fabulous fall volunteers. See “Volunteer” section for more information.

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October 7, 2019

Voters want Forest Bill

POLL SHOWS ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY VOTERS OVERWHELMINGLY SUPPORT PROPOSED FOREST CONSERVATION ACT ON EVE OF RALLY  Reveals Strong Support for Stronger Forest Conservation and Concern over Tree Loss Edgewater, Md. […]

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October 4, 2019

Stop the Bulldozers and Save the Trees Monday, Oct 7th at 6pm

  By every conceivable measure, Anne Arundel County leads Maryland in forest loss. And the numbers are staggering. “Since 2010, Anne Arundel County has lost 2,840 acres of forest to development.” Forests are […]

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September 23, 2019

Music of the Bay Overlooking the Bay

The Chesapeake Music Festival at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) this past Saturday was a huge success, bringing together dozens of artists from all around the Bay watershed to […]

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August 29, 2019

Denise Swol Named Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Arundel Rivers Federation is pleased to announce that Denise Swol, currently the Federation’s Director of Development, has been named its new Executive Director. “We […]

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August 12, 2019

Confirmed Algae Blooms in the South River!

Confirmed Algae Blooms in the South River! Results came back from two samples collected on Wednesday, August 7th, when our South Riverkeeper saw a water clarity of less than only […]

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July 31, 2019

Health Department Ribbon Cutting

Arundel Rivers Federation celebrated the completion of Phase 1 of our restoration project at Anne Arundel County Health Department with a ribbon cutting.  The Federation was joined by our partners […]

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July 10, 2019

Scuba Diving South River’s Oyster Sanctuary Reef

By Shayna Keller, Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer On June 26th, I went scuba diving with my dive buddies, Evan Claggett and Brad King, at the Glebe Bay Oyster Sanctuary Reef […]

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June 12, 2019

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

On May 9, the Arundel Rivers Federation celebrated the 15th Anniversary of the South River on the Half Shell with over 275  supporters.  We would like to again thank our […]

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May 23, 2019

South River High School Students Help Determine Optimal Oyster Numbers

The West Rhode Riverkeeper, Jeff Holland, has been working with Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and South River High School students to determine the optimal number of oyster shells that should […]

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March 8, 2019

We’re Hiring!

About the Position: Arundel Rivers Federation in Annapolis, MD seeks an energetic and visionary leader who is passionate about the mission of the organization.  Reporting to the Board of Directors, […]

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March 3, 2019

Learn About Water Quality Measurements!

The Federation prides itself on science-based restoration. To enhance our understanding of the river, the South, West, and Rhode Riverkeeper collects precise water quality data from almost over 50 different […]

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March 1, 2019

Why are Clarity and Dissolved Oxygen Important?

Water Quality Water Clarity is the measurement of how far sunlight can pass through the water column. Sunlight is one of the key elements needed for underwater grasses to grow. […]

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February 26, 2019

Federation Newsletters

Please see a list of archived newsletters below. 2021 April 2021 Newsletter March 2021 Newsletter February 2021 River Currents January 2021 River Currents 2020 New Year 2021 Federation Highlights October […]

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February 7, 2019

Bacteria Levels Decreasing At Church Creek Headwaters!

Church Creek in Annapolis, MD is the most polluted creek in the South River Watershed and has been a high priority restoration goal since the Federation’s first strategic restoration plan […]

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Advocating for Cleaner Waters

In the 2019 General Assembly, Arundel Rivers is advocating for legislation that will deliver clean water to the South, West, and Rhode Rivers and Herring Bay. Specifically, we are working […]

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Support Healthy Rivers by Listening to Eastport Oysters Boys!

The Eastport Oyster Boys will appear with West & Rhode Riverkeeper Jeff Holland at the Galesville Memorial Hall on March 2 from 8 to 11 p.m. in their fourth annual […]

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Kevin Green Named Interim Executive Director

We want to share with you some important news. Liz Buxton is no longer the Executive Director of Arundel Rivers Federation. Kevin Green, a board member since 2009, will serve […]

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November 27, 2018

A GIVING TUESDAY FILLED WITH GRATITUDE

Baba Dioum said, “In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we were taught.”   […]

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October 18, 2018

Two Leading Anne Arundel Watershed Organizations Plan to Join Forces

(Edgewater, MD) – South River Federation and West/Rhode Riverkeeper, Inc. plan to consolidate their two nonprofit organizations, pending approval from a membership vote later this month. The unified organization will […]

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July 20, 2018

County to Purchase Turtle Run Land

Anne Arundel County to purchase land saved from development by West & Rhode Riverkeeper, SACReD, CBF and Churchton Residents, all for passive recreational use! The advocacy efforts of West/Rhode Riverkeeper are […]

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February 26, 2018

State of Our Rivers Report – 2018

The Federation is pleased to present you with our 2018 State of Our Rivers Report Card!    

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July 27, 2017

WHAT’S THE SANCTUARY OYSTER REEF LOOK LIKE?

How is the Sanctuary Reef Doing? Enquiring minds want to know. Yet, the question isn’t easy to answer. We have done bottom samples along the reef and can tell that the […]

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February 26, 2017

State of Our Rivers Report – 2017

The Federation is pleased to present you with our 2017 State of Our Rivers Report Card!

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February 26, 2016

State of Our Rivers Report – 2016

The Federation is pleased to present you with our 2016 State of Our Rivers Report Card!

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February 24, 2016

The Story of Church Creek

Introduction Thank you for your interest in the South River and its watershed! In 2016, as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC) Volunteer, I had the opportunity to learn about the […]

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February 26, 2015

State of Our Rivers Report – 2015

The Federation is pleased to present you with our 2015 State of Our Rivers Report Card!

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February 26, 2014

State of Our Rivers Report – 2014

The Federation is pleased to present you with our 2014 State of Our Rivers Report Card

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January 1, 1970

River Data Wrap Up

We have finished the 2020 monitoring season for the South, West and Rhode Rivers. The season was characterized by relatively mild weather but those creeks with the most impervious surfaces […]

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Support Healthy Rivers by Listening to Eastport Oysters Boys!

The Eastport Oyster Boys will appear with West & Rhode Riverkeeper Jeff Holland at the Galesville Memorial Hall on March 2 from 8 to 11 p.m. in their fourth annual […]

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