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South River Federation Leader Leaves for Larger Waters

Kate Fritz, Executive Director of the South River Federation,

Slated to Take Reins of Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay

Annapolis, MD, July 13, 2017– The Board of Director’s for the South River Federation announces the resignation of their current Executive Director, Kate Fritz, effective August 1, 2017. For the last three years, Kate has played a critical role in building the Federation into a regionally known powerhouse organization focused on ecological restoration, science, and advocacy. Her leadership was noticed by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, where she will become the next Executive Director. Kevin Green, former Board Chair, will take on the role as Interim Director until a new candidate is selected.

“We could not be more thankful for the continued growth and increased impact that Kate has helped create in the South River. Kate provided great leadership over the last three years, and we particularly appreciate her work in continuing to build partnerships, maintain a pipeline of high-impact restoration projects, increase scientific expertise, and raise awareness for the issues ailing the South River” said Tom Reinert, Chair of the Board of Directors. “We wish her the best of luck in her new position, and look forward to seeing her lead the way for even bigger successes for the Chesapeake Bay. The Federation is glad to have another ally supporting the work we do at a Chesapeake Bay wide scale.”

Since Kate joined the Federation in July 2014, she has helped achieve many things, including:

  • Constructed the last large-scale project in their Church Creek Initiative, strategically overseeing the investment of more than $6.5M over the last six years.
  • Launched the Crab Creek Initiative to begin targeted restoration work on this quickly degrading tributary in the South River.
  • Assisted in building a pipeline of projects, with over $3 million in restoration work to be completed in 2017 and 23 projects underway.
  • Increased resources provided for scientific monitoring of the South River, most recently receiving a $200,000 award over two years to monitor Church Creek restoration projects, in partnership with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Chesapeake Bay Trust, Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources, Maryland State Highway Administration, and Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection.
  • Engaged over 1,200 volunteers to plant trees, pick up trash, and help monitor the river in 2016 alone.
  • Increased the organization’s visibility and won 2016 and 2017 “Best Local Nonprofit” by What’sUp? Magazine.
  • Built a strong staff for restoration, advocacy, monitoring, and outreach

The vision of the South River Federation is to restore the South River, in one generation, to where it was two generations ago. The organization recently underwent an update to their strategic plan, recommitting resources and focus to utilizing sound science to inform priority locations for large-scale restoration. This work is in-line with Anne Arundel County pollution reduction goals, which seeks to meet state requirements for cleaning up local rivers and streams.

“Kate has been an avid and committed partner of the Federation since 2008, when I first met her as a volunteer River Watcher with the organization. From the time Kate joined the Federation as Executive Director, she’s continued to build the reputation and confidence that South River Federation is able to facilitate implementation of large-scale ecological restoration. Kate’s leadership has continued to keep the South River Federation engaged and focused on making real, local improvements in the South River,” said Erik Michelsen, current administrator of Anne Arundel County’s Watershed Protection and Restoration Program (WPRP) and also a former Executive Director of the South River Federation.

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