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New AA County Recycling Guidelines

Anne Arundel County has published new guidelines on acceptable materials for recycling.  It now includes almost everything - milk cartons, plastic forks and spoons, plastic toys, aluminum foil, etc.  It appears you should now be able to recycle almost everything.  Check out the flyer for the details!

Check out the new recycling guidelines!




County Council Rejects School Trade-off

Anne Arundel County leaders have chosen to face what could be a $3 million religious discrimination lawsuit rather than let a south county church build a school near a nature preserve.

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State Goes High Tech to Protect Land

The state government has a new tool in tracking preserved land and is letting the rest of us in on it.

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County Hikes Impact Fees

The County Council passed a historic hike in impact fees last night, ending 10 months of debate on whether to make developers pay a larger share for the expansion of schools, roads and public safety buildings.

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Past SACReD President Is New Leader for South River Federation

Just five months after taking the reins at the South River Federation, Matt Berres is stepping down as executive director of the conservation group. Taking his place will be Erik Michelson, a three-year member of the organization's board of directors.  Erik also was a past President of SACReD, having recently stepped down.

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County Pulls Critical Area Bill

A busload of protesting residents and a handful of state legislators last night successfully persuaded the county administration to withdraw a bill that would have instituted stricter penalties for building illegally in the sensitive areas of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Tougher Shoreline Penalties Proposed

Anne Arundel County is moving to crack down on property owners who build on sensitive waterfront land without permission.

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Snyder Development To Unveil More Deep Cove Development

Attempted Consolidation of Scattered Lots Morphs
Circumvent the Subdivision Process
Witness another attempt to develop the Headwaters of Deep Cove Creek
Your invited to the Premier Presentation
Shady Side Elementary School
Wednesday July 9th
6:00 pm 




South Riverkeeper Hoisting Anchor

Drew Koslow, who served as the South Riverkeeper for the last four of those years, will leave on July 1, the South River Federation announced in a letter via its Web site and e-mails to members last week.

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Richard Lee is Cruisin' on the West River

For the first time since the famed ferry boat Emma Giles last plied local waters 70 years ago, a ferry boat is setting sail on the West and Rhode rivers and environs.

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New West/Rhode Riverkeeper Named

Biologist Chris Trumbauer, known for his conservation efforts with the South River Federation, is moving farther south to take the wheel as the West/Rhode Riverkeeper.

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Chesapeake Bay Week on MPT

Maryland Public Television is offering a series of environmental programs this week as part of its fourth-annual Chesapeake Bay Week.  The programs are a mix of new shows and repeats of popular bay shows.  

The new shows include "Eatin' Crabs Chesapeake Style," a 30-minute journey through the world of blue crabs, with stops from Ocean City to Oakland in Western Maryland. It airs Monday at 9 p.m.  Viewers also can get a glimpse inside the adventures of the young crew that sailed and rowed the bay last summer in a replica of the shallop used by explorer Capt. John Smith. "On the Trail of Captain John Smith: Rediscovering the Chesapeake Bay" airs next Friday at 9 p.m.  Repeat programs include two shows that focus heavily on Anne Arundel County: "Weary Shoreline," a look at Critical Area laws, at 9 p.m. on Thursday and "Hidden Rivers," which explores stormwater and airs at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.  The week ends on April 27 with a volunteer-a-thon at 6 p.m. During the two-hour live special, folks can call in to be matched with local nonprofit organizations.

For a complete listing of Chesapeake Bay Week programming, visit




Benefit Dance & Pot Luck Dinner Tonight

Please join us tonight for a Contra/Square Dance and Potluck Dinner to benefit the West River Improvement Association.

SATURDAY, March 15th, 2008
Galesville Memorial Hall
952 Galesville Rd
Galesville, MD
Caller: Janine Smith
Band:  Leah Weiss (fiddle), Gary Wright (guitar) & Friends
Pot Luck Dinner:  5:30 pm  
Dance:  7:00pm  10:00pm  (no experience necessary)
$10.00 adults
$5.00 children 10-18yrs  under 10 free
DIRECTIONS FROM ANNAPOLIS: Route 2 south, left on Route 214 (Central Avenue) in Edgewater,
After South River High school right on 468 (Muddy Creek Road), a few miles later left at the 1st
stop light Galesville Memorial Hall is on the left by the fire station




Bob Costa Schedules Town Meeting in Deale

Delegate Bob Costa, R-33B, will host a town meeting at the Deale Library on March 11th, 2008, starting at 7 pm to address citizens issues and concerns.

Read the Press Release




County Settles Lawsuit with Herrington Harbour

County officials yesterday settled a year-old lawsuit with Herrington Harbour Marina South.  In March of last year, the county charged Herrington Harbour and its president, Steuart Chaney, with a variety of code violations on bulkheads, piers, sheds, septic, wells and a building used to house workers.

Read The Capital Article




State OKs $5.8M for Wayson's Corner Property

The Board of Public Works this morning unanimously approved $5.8 million in Open Space funds for the county to purchase the site of a proposed Target store and shopping center in Waysons Corner.

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SACReD Featured in MPT's "Weary Shoreline" Program

"Weary Shoreline: The Chesapeake's Death by a Thousand Cuts": This Maryland Public Television-produced documentary special explores how shoreline construction is contributing to the bay's demise.  MPT examines how failure to enforce one of the state's most important environmental laws is a significant factor in the decline of the Chesapeake Bay's health.  Featured will be our issues with the "Run Turtle Run" proposed development, and our campaign to get our local Severn Bank, the self-declared "Green Bank", out of the business of funding improper development in the important Critical Areas.  Our River Keeper, Bob Gallagher,  as well as Jim Foster and Mike Shay from SACReD,  will be included in this show.  Forward the show times and Info to your interested friends.

"Weary Shoreline" airs Wednesday, February 27, 2008, at 9 pm on Maryland Public Television.




Little Light Shed on School Project in Lothian

South county residents last week learned little more about a deal made in November between the county government and the church that wants to build a school in Lothian.

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Deale grocery plan gets support

Rarely do you hear a developer introduce a leader of an environmental group during a public meeting for his upcoming project, but that's what happened Monday night at a hearing on a planned grocery store in south county.

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Ground Water Forum February 29, 2008

Chesapeake Environmental Protection Association (CEPA) Presents a:

 Ground Water Forum

 What is in your drinking water?

Will your supply be adequate?

Attend a Forum on Groundwater

Friday, February 29, 2008, 7 PM

South River H.S. Auditorium, Edgewater.

Sponsored by CEPA

 South County ground water supplies are in long-term decline.  Recharge areas to the North and West are being paved over.  Contamination from heavy metals in Gambrills and arsenic in Mayo threaten drinking water safety.  Get the latest information and ask questions.

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Robert Summers, Deputy Secretary, Maryland Dept of the Environment.  Also speaking, Robert Shedlock, Associate District Chief & Supervisory Hydrologist, US Geodetic Survey.

For more information contact:

Rich Romer 410-257-6947, cell 410-610-8666,




Reilly's Landowner Relief Bill Faces Changes

South county residents who feared a proposed law would usher growth into rural corners of Anne Arundel are resting a little easier this week.  But not too easy, they say.

"It (takes) a constant vigilance on the part of south county to keep it rural," said Churchton resident Mike Shay, founder of the South Arundel Citizens for Responsible Development, or SACReD.

Read The Capital Article




Benefit Dance & Pot Luck Dinner for WRYR Returns!

Please join us for a Contra/Square Dance and Potluck Dinner to benefit WRYR.

Galesville Memorial Hall
Caller: Janine Smith
Band:  Leah Weiss (fiddle), Gary Wright (guitar), Al Tharp (banjo), Jenn Reichwein (bass)
Pot Luck Dinner:  5:30 pm  (plates, utensils, cups napkins will be provided)
Dance:  7:00pm  10:00pm  (no experience necessary)
$10.00 adults
$5.00 children 10-18yrs  under 10 free
DIRECTIONS FROM ANNAPOLIS: Route 2 south, left on Route 214 (Central Avenue) in Edgewater,
After South River High school right on 468 (Muddy Creek Road), a few miles later left at the 1st
stop light Galesville Memorial Hall is on the left by the fire station

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 sustainable Southern Anne Arundel County,
Maryland community through research, education, and action.

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