Sassafras River Association Celebrates 10 Years

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The Sassafras River Association is pleased to announce its 10th anniversary this year.

Since 2004, SRA has been working towards a clean, healthy Sassafras River that is swimmable, fishable, and boatable. In the past 10 years, the board, staff, and volunteers who support SRA have achieved many victories, including defeating the Rubble Dump in Kent County, developing a water-quality monitoring program that tests over 20 sites in the watershed, and growing from a volunteer–run organization to a staff of four!

Since the completion of the EPA-approved Sassafras Watershed Action Plan in 2009, SRA has focused its efforts on restoration projects which target highly polluted areas, outreach to homeowners, farmers and boaters, and advocacy on behalf of the river.

This year, SRA will break ground on a treatment wetland, a stream restoration project, and a major ravine restoration project which will address stormwater runoff from the HWY 301 weigh station in the headwaters of the Sassafras. These projects will significantly reduce nutrient and sediment runoff into the Sassafras.

To celebrate this huge milestone, Sassafras River Association is having a Birthday Bash on the Sassafras on September 6th! The event will honor SRA’s founding board members, without whom none of this could have been accomplished. Please join us at the beautiful Duck Hollow overlooking the Sassafras River for a night of celebration!

The evening will feature live music provided by Bon Fuego, Chesapeake Bay themed “Tapas” catered by Occasions, a Raw Bar, local wine and beer tastings served at our Sassafras Sampling Station, and a Live Auction. Tickets for the event are $80 per person and can be purchased on the SRA website (www.sassafrasriver.org), by phone (410-275-1400), by mail (PO Box 333, Georgetown, MD 21930), or at the office during regular office hours.

“We are so excited to honor our founding board members and celebrate all the hard work that has been done in the past 10 years to preserve the Sassafras as a river we will be proud to pass on to next generation.”- Sophie Foscue, River Outreach Coordinator

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