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Oct 24

Fall Water Quality Monitoring

Posted by diana in Warehouse Creek , Selby Bay , Riverkeeper , Pollution , Pocahontas Creek , Limehouse Cove , Harness Creek , Glebe Creek , Gingerville Creek , Flat Creek , Duvall Creek , Crab Creek , Church Creek , Broad Creek , Beards Creek , Almshouse Creek , Aberdeen Creek

Today was a beautiful day performing water quality monitoring!! The fall leaves are at their peak, the water clarity and dissolved oxygen has improved. I will get the data out to you all soon!! Sincerely, Captn. Diana Muller, South RIVERKEEPER
May 29

What is that green foamy bubbly stuff growing around the edges of South River??

Posted by diana in Warehouse Creek , Tarnans Branch , Selby Bay , Pollution , Pocahontas Creek , Limehouse Cove , Harness Creek , Glebe Creek , Gingerville Creek , Flat Creek , Duvall Creek , Crab Creek , Church Creek , Broad Creek , Brewer Creek , Beards Creek , Almshouse Creek , Aberdeen Creek

> This morning I received a call from a concered citizen regarding an algae bloom on the South River. I performed a field assessment, took samples and pictures, then provided them to my collegues at Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Thanks to their help (Cathy and Walter) Walter was able to identify the algae as Cladophora, a filamentous green algae. This algae is a nuisance algae and is not toxic to humans, like some species of blu-green algae. When this algae starts to decay on the beaches, it will produce a sewage smell, that maybe disconcerning to people living nearby. If anyone sees an algae bloom, please do not hesitate to call. Thanks, Diana, South RIVERKEEPER
May 01

Six-Spotted Tiger Beetle: Our Native Garden Helper with the Big Mouth

Posted by Kirk in West River , North River , Glebe Creek , Flat Creek , Fauna , Crab Creek

Photo: Ted Macrae, Beetles in the Bush

Several times in the last month, I’ve seen a scary looking little fella in the woods around the watershed.   A big, shiny green beetle, he seemed very at home on the ground, and so initially I thought he was some sort of carrion beetle I hadn’t seen before.  I’d seen this type of beetle around water in the same places I’ve seen carrion beetles, and so it seemed like a reasonable guess after the first time I saw him (he was in my sight for about 10 seconds). Getting an idea of its identity was a challenge each time - the big bug just wouldn't stop moving. 

But after a little digging (the metaphorical kind), I figured out that what I had seen was actually a tiger beetle, a distant cousin of the carrion beetle (and not looking at all like our most common carrion beetle species).  Tiger beetles are a big family of aggressive, predatory beetles who tend to live near water.  In Maryland, we have several species of native tiger beetles, ranging from the dubiously rare Puritan Tiger Beetle to a variety of very common and nearly identical brownish-green species of Tiger Beetles with white or cream spots.

Also relatively common, though, is the 6-Spotted Tiger Beetle, who makes a home in several of the South River watershed's smaller creeks and wetlands.  The 6-spotted Tiger Beetle is a beautiful metallic green and spends equal time walking and flying.   These beetles live in seemingly odd places - floodplains where bare sand is piled up, muddy creek banks, and other areas with loose soil and sparse vegetation (but surrounded by dense vegetation), usually near water.

Photo: University of Kentucky

According to the Penn State University Extension Service, predatory beetles like the 6-Spotted Tiger feed on a wide variety of pesty bugs, from crickets to fleas and grasshoppers to gnats.  Large tiger beetles even feed on spiders.  If that diet doesn't sound like a good enough reason to keep tiger beetles around, their ideal habitat makes it easy - tiger beetles prefer areas with variable plant life, a little loose soil and little to no human disturbance.  For this reason, they are commonly found on the edge of residential yards and farm fields.

The next time you see a green flash zipping around your ankles - don't worry - the tiger beetle is on patrol! 

Apr 24

What is that Foam on the South River about today (April 24 2012)?

Posted by diana in Warehouse Creek , Selby Bay , Riverkeeper , Harness Creek , Glebe Creek , Gingerville Creek , Duvall Creek , Crab Creek , Church Creek , Broad Creek , Beards Creek , Almshouse Creek , Aberdeen Creek

Exciting Physical Phenomenon today on the South River, MD. So what are the Foamy Streaks and large Foam – Frothy balls on the South River? Did you notice that the bubbles are aligned in streaks and not just all over the River? Today is an exciting day! Today with the 30 knot a wind coming out of the Northwest a physical phenomenon has been set-up. This is called the Langmuir Circulation. It was discovered in 1930 by Nobel Laureate- Dr. Irving Langmuir during a cross-Atlantic voyage where he saw Sargassum weed floating in linear patterns on the ocean. He wanted to know why they were in this pattern, so as a scientist he conducted experiments in Lake George, NY to explain this formation. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irvine_Langmuir) What Langmuir discovered was as the wind blows across the surface of the water convection cells begin to form as the shearing forces of the wind push the surface water. The surface water is pushed in a perpendicular fashion to create a circulation pattern below the water. These cells begin to rotate as tubes of water for the length of the River just below the surface and pointed in the direction of the wind. The tubes rotate in opposite directions to the concurrent tube next to it. This can be stated in different terms when wind pushes a piece of water from point A to point B, more water rushes to fill in point A. This causes what in know as an upwelling. At point B, where there is more water than before a downwelling forms. This upwelling and downwelling effect, which happens over and over and the winds blows on the South River creates these spiraling tubes of water. The slide show is visual verification of this physical phenomenon that is happening today (April 24, 2012)
Jan 10

What Do I Spy on the South River?

Posted by Jennifer in Glebe Creek , Gingerville Creek , Flat Creek , Fauna , Duvall Creek , Beards Creek


After a year of coping with the effects of three major rain storms, we were thrilled to end 2011 with the otter-ly fantastic news of a return of one of the River’s top predators. Even more exciting than sharing the news, was the response we got from our members! Coming with four reports, Gingerville Creek takes the lead in sightings followed closely by Beards Creek with three. Other sightings were reported in Duvall, near the mouth of the River past Cherrytree Cove, Glebe Bay, Harness Creek, Granville Creek, Flat Creek, and Boyd’s Cove. Below are excerpts from the many stories we received:

-Perhaps the most memorable experience came from a member that was fortunate enough to see an entire family of otters! “I have kayaked on the South River for 6 years and have seen river otters each and every one of those years...in fact, 4 years ago my friend and I were in the headwaters of Beard's Creek and not only did a large male otter swim across the front of our kayaks with a smaller (I assume the female) behind him and they were both hissing at us and not long afterwards, three small younguns swam between our kayaks, it seemed that they were either swimming extraordinarily close behind each other or swimming sort of piggyback and kept looking up at us and chirping...they were close enough that I could have reached down and picked one up. It was one of those special moments that I will never forget.”

– Sandy, Beards Creek -A longtime South River resident and avid fisherman finally got an up-close look at an otter just recently! “I have seen them numerous times over the last few years, but always from a distance. Every morning I run my dog to the river and back. Three days ago, I was down on the neighborhood pier, and out of the skim ice popped this guys head. It is the first time I have seen them up close, and they are a really unique and cool thing to see on our river.” – Nick, Davidsonville

-“I thought it was a seal the way it was swimming and playing until I got a closer look. I couldn't believe my eyes. Hope to see them again!” – Carol, Granville Creek - “It has been spotted a couple of times in the past few weeks as well as last year. We think it may "hide" at my waters edge. It seems to disappear into the underground tunnels.” – Theresa, Harness Creek

-It’s great to know they have been in some areas for so long! “We've had them in Boyd's Cove for years - didn't know it was a big deal!” – Marj, Boyds Cove

-Looks like the otters even appreciate the beauty of Quiet Waters Park! “I have seen otters in Loden Pond, near the South River Overlook at Quiet Waters Park, and in the pond between the Ice Rink and Lighthizer Gazebo” – Michael, Harness Creek

-He may not have seen an otter, but beaver sightings are just as great! While kayaking in Gingerville Creek, one member “discovered a beaver dam in the marsh at the head of the creek. It created a small, tranquil pond filled with ducks.” – Dwight, Gingerville Creek

The South River Federation would like to thank each and every person that took the time to report their sightings. If you see an otter or beaver, please do let us know! We did receive a concern over protecting koi ponds so that issue as well as more information about otters will be addressed in Part 3 of the series. But for now, we hope you enjoyed the stories from our watershed!

Photo Credits: Nick Serio, John Koontz, John Summers, and Erik Michelsen

Oct 07

South Riverkeeper Diana takes flight over South River Watershed

Posted by diana in Riverkeeper , Pollution , Living Shoreline , Limehouse Cove , Harness Creek , Glebe Creek , Gingerville Creek , Flora , Flat Creek , Fauna , Duvall Creek , Development , Crab Creek , Clean Up , Church Creek , Broad Creek , Brewer Creek , Bell Branch , Beards Creek , Bacon Ridge Branch , Almshouse Creek , Aberdeen Creek

This morning (Oct 7, 2011) I took my first flight in a small aircraft in 32 years. I rode with my collegue and board member Lynn Buehl over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to the Bay Bridge Aiport and the whole drive I was fraught with excitment and trepedation. I always have been nervous about heights and have always been a nervous flyer. Lynn and I meet our pilot that flew down from New Jersey to take us on our adventure over the South River Watershed. Pilot Mr. Mike McNamara is one of many volunteer pilots for a non-profit group called LightHawk. This is a great organization set-up to provide flights to other non-profits or academics for research and advocay. I submitted a proposal to search for SAV, clean-water plumes, and 5 legacy landfills. As I first got in the plane, my thought was "oh my goodness, I am not going to make it". But, as we tore down the runway toward the Chesapeake Bay and delicately lifted off into the air and over the Bay Bridge- I became totally filled with excitement and started taking pictures. Being in a small plane over the Chesapeake Bay and the South River is indescribably amazing. I was horrified at the amounts of debris still in the Bay. Then, as we approach the South River- both Lynn and I became very distressed at how our beatiful South River looked. Sediment plumes and oil plumes everywhere- brown water all over. Then as week approached South River Farm Park, where Pam Wood of the Capitol and I kayaked looking for our Submerged Aquatic Vegetation- the planes wings tipped and there is was. Our SAV survived Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee!! What a blessing that our grasses survived such storms!! I am showing 300 pictures, and although I am not a professional photographer, I hope you enjoy them.----Diana, South Riverkeeper
Aug 22

August 17 2011 Eyes Under the River

Posted by diana in Selby Bay , Riverkeeper , Pollution , Pocahontas Creek , Harness Creek , Glebe Creek , Gingerville Creek , Duvall Creek , Crab Creek , Church Creek , Broad Creek , Brewer Creek , Beards Creek , Almshouse Creek , Aberdeen Creek

Apr 18

Snapshots of the 2011 South River Snapshot

Posted by Jennifer in Selby Bay , Pocahontas Creek , North River , Limehouse Cove , Harness Creek , Glebe Creek , Gingerville Creek , Flat Creek , Duvall Creek , Church Creek , Broad Creek , Beards Creek , Almshouse Creek , Aberdeen Creek

From the mouth of the South River all the way to Bacon Ridge Branch, over 40 South River Federation volunteers participated in the 7th Annual South River Snapshot.  Volunteers spread out across the entire South River watershed on the morning of Saturday, April 9th and conducted water quality tests to assess the River’s health.   Although the data represents just a “snapshot” in time, collecting the data from over 40 sites around the River simultaneously, and doing it at about the same time each year, gives a good general barometer of the relative health of our streams and creeks.  While most of the sites had safe or normal bacteria levels, a few sites did have high levels.  You can see the bacteria results on Diana’s blog. 
Patch.com wrote a nice article on the Snapshot!  Click here to read it.

Apr 12

Bacteria Data from Saturday April 9, 2011 Snapshot is ready

Posted by diana in Tarnans Branch , Selby Bay , Riverkeeper , Pollution , Pocahontas Creek , Limehouse Cove , Harness Creek , Glebe Creek , Gingerville Creek , Flat Creek , Federation Event , Duvall Creek , Crab Creek , Church Creek , Broad Creek , Brewer Creek , Bell Branch , Beards Creek , Bacon Ridge Branch , Almshouse Creek , Aberdeen Creek

The Enterococci data is now ready from this last Saturday's South River Federation's 7th Annual Snapshot.

On Friday the short rain event was only 0.38 inches of rain, but even with that small amount there were some spikes of bacteria in our watershed.  For a single sampling event the criteria is 104 cfu/100ml (colony forming units/100milliliters).  Therefore in the map above, anything in orange or red is higher than the State of Maryland's limit.

Thanks to our great volunteers I am now going back through the past 7 years of data and preparing a 'trend" analysis to find why our hot spot are HOT.  One stations is HIL 1, this is located in the Hillsmere community and is consistently high every year- now that we have the data to prove that there is a problem (thanks to our volunteers)- We can see what we can do to fix the issues.---Diana

Apr 01

Rt 214 and Muddy Creek Road widening

Posted by diana in Glebe Creek , Development

Starting next week  Rt 2 and Muddy Creek Rd will begin more of its widening process.  I have been in close contact with Inspections and Permits on this process and will be watching for any sediment violations into Glebe Creek.  For those of us that live on the Mayo Peninsula this will be incovienent, so schedule your time accordingly.
Please be away of flaggers and short time closures- Between the hours of 9am and 3pm there may be possible lane closures.  This next week the utility companies are moving the lines away from the road.

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