|We are ending this busy year of 2023 with a round of thank you’s to those who make a difference in our beautiful Spa Creek.
Water Quality Testing
A huge thank you to Dr. Tammy Domanski and her AACC crew for spearheading and analyzing the weekly water testing in the Creek – for the 8th year. You can find the results here. – look for our State of the Creek in the Spring of 2024.
Thank you to Biohabitats and Vernon Hustead for their many, many hours given to the stormwater projects we will be installing in the neighborhoods of the Landings, North Green and Saltaire. They met with neighbors, walked the entire stream, listened to community feedback and problems and gave us beautiful concept designs to reduce flooding in the neighborhoods, reduce erosion of community property, and reduce the sediment into Truxtun Cove and Spa Creek.
|Bates Middle School Student Project
Thank you to Heather Carter, 6th grade Bates Middle School Science teacher extraordinaire, Katherine Hicks, Bates Principal and the other 6th grade teachers who enthusiastically signed on to our proposal to enlist the 6th grade students to study the urban heat island issue and create a public service campaign on the value of tree canopy. In May of 2024 look for boats filled with 6th grade students as they take a water tour of Spa Creek and study drone footage of the watershed to see firsthand the impact of tree cover on the health of our local waterways.
Thank you to the City of Annapolis for investing in our Creeks through its AACO Watershed Restoration Grant Program in partnership with the County and Chesapeake Bay Trust. This grant program is funding the projects we are pursuing in the Truxtun Cove communities, and Betsey McKeown and Jasmine Wilding are great ambassadors for the City in all of our restoration sites.
|Youth Environmental Summit
Another thank you to Tammy Domanski and AACC for planning and hosting our second Anne Arundel Youth Environmental Action Summit on February 10. Students concerned about environmental issues can learn how to turn their interests into action at the Anne Arundel Youth Environmental Action Summit from 8:45 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Anne Arundel Community College. The summit is free to High School and College students and will include lunch for all participants. Pre-register by February 1 at: https://www.aayeas.org/register
|Truxtun Park Beach Access
Thank you to the Eastport Civic Association and the Severn River Association for their partnership in our determined drive to get the beach and docks at Truxtun Park reopened to all of us. The area has been closed to the public for more than 2 years, and the City has promised that a marine electrical inspector will look for the electrical currents that caused the closure. Thank you to all interested parties who join us in pushing for this important public water access park to be open in 2024.
Thank you to those who commented on the Comprehensive Plan on behalf of our creek and watershed. According to the Plan’s current language, the former Public Works site on Spa Road will be minimally developed, and the stream buffer areas will remain as protected natural areas and open for public access.
Thank you to the volunteers who have spent countless hours picking up trash and pulling ivy from trees along Spa Creek. Sailors from the Naval Academy, the teams from Merrill Lynch and Crosby Marketing, and many families have worked together to improve the vast area around the creek.
Friends and Donors
Thank you to all our friends who keep their eyes on the Creek and let us know the good and the bad happenings, including sewage spills – we couldn’t do this without you.
And finally, a heartfelt thanks to the volunteer board members of the Conservancy. You are passionate advocates for the Creek; we are all the better for it.
Spa Creek Conservancy is a 100% volunteer organization. Your donations make it possible to accomplish the work and monitoring done on Spa Creek. Donate here.
|Friends and DonorsThank you to all our friends who keep their eyes on the Creek and let us know the good and the bad happenings, including sewage spills – we couldn’t do this without you.
And finally, my heartfelt thanks to the volunteer board members of the Conservancy. You are passionate advocates for the Creek; we are all the better for it.
Spa Creek Conservancy is a 100% volunteer organization. Your donations make it possible to accomplish the work and monitoring done on Spa Creek.