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On Tuesday, January 17th, it was announced that the Crystal Spring Development is changing its plans. The new proposal focuses solely on the retirement community, dropping the mixed-use commercial elements that faced staunch opposition.

As the winter settles within the South River watershed, you may expect to witness a quieting of the natural world. The buzz of cicadas and medley of songs by nesting birds subside for the season. However, many animals are still active and bustling about. You won’t have to travel far to hear the high-pitched chip of the cardinal or the kew of the dark-eyed junco in your neighborhood or along wooded trails.

On December 3rd, volunteers from the Naval Academy and Annapolis Rowing Club joined South River Federation to plant 121 Bald Cyprus and Atlantic Cedars and free even more trees from vines at Flat Creek. Despite the chilly weather and extremely muddy conditions, both groups worked fast to plant the new trees and free trees planted in previous years that have since been taken over by climbing hemp vine and other weedy vegetation. Thanks to their help, a large step has now been taken to reforest the Flat Creek wetland.

This week, over 100 bushels of oyster spat on shell were dropped into the South River together with our partner, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. After the day was over, the hard working mix of volunteers and staff looked like they were straight off the set of "Dirty Jobs: Oyster Edition." On the left, the Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteers for each organization stand after loading over 200 bags of oysters into a truck headed for the South River, completely covered in mud and smiles. 

 The Federation kicked off December with an exciting and unusual activity: submarining! 

Thanks to Chesapeake Submarines, South Riverkeeper Jesse Iliff had the opportinity to view the Glebe Bay Sanctuary from beneath the surface in a little yellow submarine. Unfortunately, rain the previous day made it difficult to see the oyster sanctuary with full clarity, however Jesse reports that from what he could see they are looking good! Thanks again to Chesapeake Submarines! We hope to dive down again soon! 

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