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Membership Meeting- August 21st at 6:30 PM

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SRA's Birthday Bash on the Sassafras!

September 6th @ 6:30 PM

Duck Hollow, Georgetown, MD

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Water Chestnut Removal

Water Chestnuts are an invasive species in the Sassafras River Watershed. The plant is native to China and India. It burrows its seed into the soil and has a vine-like root up to its leaves on the surface of the water.

Every summer, SRA and MD DNR partner to remove this harmful invasive species from Dyer, Island, and Turners Creek on the Sassafras. Thanks to all who joined us this year in our effort! We had the lowest harvest in 45 years!


Budds Landing Ravine Restoration Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Wednesday, May 14th @10 AM

Thanks to all who joined us for the ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Budds Landing Ravine Restoration Project!

Budds Ribbon Cutting





SRA on YouTube

Check out two new videos of SRA on YouTube! The first video is a "how to build a rain barrel" instructional video produced at the SRA rain barrel workshop this past Fall. With the help of Eric Ayers and VPG Studios, Ag Outreach Coordinator Josh Thompson goes through the materials and steps required to build a rain barrel you can use at your home.

The second video once again stars Ag Outreach Coordinator Josh Thompson as he describes how the Department of Natural Resources Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund has funded SRA projects. Recorded by DNR, this video is worth checking out if you'd like to learn more about SRA projects and the funders who support  us. 


Hot off the press! Chesapeake Bay Crab Challenge children's book featuring the Sassafras RIVERKEEPER!

Stop by Sassafras River Association's office to pick up a copy of the newly published Chesapeake Bay Crab Challenge, an illustrated children's book featuring the Sassafras Riverkeeper! The $10 book describes a boy's journey searching for his lost pet crab throughout the Chesapeake Bay region, including Chesapeake Beach, Chestertown, Chesapeake City, and even on the Sassafras RIVERKEEPER boat on the Sassafras River.

Stop by the office 9am-5pm to get your copy! The SRA office is located at 7479 Augustine Herman Highway, Georgetown, MD

Cecil County Residents: Funding Now Available for Septic Upgrades

Septic Traditional septic systems do not remove nitrogen and deliver about 30 pounds of nitrogen per year to groundwater - new systems can cut nitrogen loads in half. Residents of Cecil County are currently eligible to receive funding for septic system upgrades to a nitrogen removing system. Anyone interested in upgrading their septic may be eligible to apply, and funding is available to those with failing systems both in and out of the critical area (land within 1,000 feet of tidal waters), as well non-failing systems within the critical area.

The Bay Restoration Fund provides money to counties to help Marylanders install nitrogen removing systems, and these funds are generated through local flush taxes. Without this funding, installation of a nitrogen removing system would typically cost a homeowner approximately $15,000. The Bay Restoration Fund is on going. Contact Cecil County's Department of Health to inquire about upgrading your septic system, and to apply for funding.

To view some frequently asked questions about the Bay Restoration Fund and septic upgrades, click here.

To print an application form, click here.

Cecil County: Frederick von Staden, Acting Director of Environmental Health 410-996-5160 or

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