Spa Creek Watershed ~ Past, Present, and Future!

Spa Creek Watershed 

What’s Been Done, What’s Happening Now, and What will be done to the Historic Spa Creek Watershed

     In 2004, the Spa Creek Conservancy (SCC) was founded with a vision to restore the historic Spa Creek Watershed, and to once again make the creek swimmable and fishable for all. Kevin Haigis of Capital SUP, Marisa Sames of the Chesapeake Bay Savers, Mark Budniewski, Marianna Rizzo, and Donna Jefferson of Jefferson Communications became heavily involved with the SCC, and head started water quality testing of Spa Creek. Testing sites include Capital SUP, located in the South Annapolis Yacht Centre, Ego Ally near the Fleet Reserve, Hawkins Cove adjacent to Truxton Park, the Chesapeake Children’s Museum, and the headwaters of Spa Creek at South Cherry Grove.

paddlefest-party  On September 17, the inaugural Spa Creek Clean Water PaddleFest took place raising over $25,000 that will enable the SCC to continue with water quality monitoring and community outreach. The event united 150+ paddlers! Ranging from row boats, kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddleboards, the participants were educated on past, current, and future projects of the SCC!

     A Silent Auction with many donated items and an EcoFest took place at the event. Exhibits were set up from the organizations Annapolis Maritime Museum, Chesapeake Childrens Museum, and the Chesapeake Bay Savers, who showed how oysters can filter and clean up our waterways. A Scales & Tales exhibit with critters of the Chesapeake from the Department of Natural Resources, and education from the Watershed Stewards Academy of Anne Arundel County, on how rain barrels and rain gardens can help reduce storm water runoff.

     The city of Annapolis has a population of 38,720, but on any given day more than 75,000 people travel through its various business districts. A majority of those residents have no idea the impact that they can have on the watershed, and the future of Spa Creek! Close to 4 MILLION in grants have been awarded to the SCC; therefore, volunteers will be needed in the upcoming months to help with projects around the creek including seasonal water sampling, rain garden planting and maintenance, and grant completion.

Two Dates to Mark on Your Calendars paddlefest-speach

Planting Day’s

Saturday, September 24 2016 ~ 10:00am-12:30pm

Saturday, October 1 2016 ~ 9:30am-12:30pm

Future and past projects by the SCC can be viewed at the below link

SCC Projects

A special thank you to all that came out to the Spa Creek Clean Water PaddleFest, and to the many sponsors and volunteers that made this event a success! 

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