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Check out the most recent Sassafras Update here!



Happy Hour at the Kitty Knight House

Friday, May 15th from 5-8pm

Join us at the Kitty Knight House as we host Happy Hour from 5-8 pm. All profits benefit the Sassafras River Association



Heron Rookery Paddle

Saturday, May 9th

Herons nesting

A perfect paddling day! Sky was overcast, but the temperature was around 80. We went from Georgetown Yacht Basin beach to Hen Island, where there is a Great Blue Heron rookery.  Special thanks to SRA President, Ken and Sue Shumaker, and Dianne Duke for providing, setting up, and cleaning up a wonderful lunch on the banks of the beautiful and scenic Sassafras River. 

Here is a write up of the event and some pictures


The 2015 Sassafras River Report Card is here!

2015 Report Card

On Thursday, April 23, we had the unveiling of the 2015 Sassafras River Report Card. The RiverKeeper gave a presentation of the state of the river. We also had a presentation by Galena Councilman Bud Felty and McCrone engineer Ryan Rangle about the upcoming upgrades to the Galena Waste Water Treatment Plant.

State of the river presentation

Waste water upgrade presentation


2015 Report Card Unveiling 

Thursday, April 23 7 PM @The Granary

Join us for the unveiling of the 2015 Report Card and the Annual State of the River Address presented by our Riverkeeper. Also, Galena Councilman Bud Felty and McCrone engineer Ryan Rangel will speak about the upcoming upgrades to the Galena Waste Water Treatment Plant and how it will affect water quality in the Sassafras.
There is no charge for the event. SRA members, guests, and members of the general public are encouraged to attend.


Film: Single Stream Recycling

Friday, April 3rd at 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM.
As part of Earth Stewardship Days, SRA has sponsored a film at the Garfield Center for the Arts in Chestertown about Single Stream Recycling. View the link here.


Wind Turbines

The Sassafras River Association (SRA) is aware of the proposal to place industrial wind turbines in Kent Co, and we have received comments from members both in opposition to and in support of the proposal. However, SRA currently does not take a formal position since such a wind farm is unlikely to have any impact on the water quality of the Sassafras, and because the site is not in the Sassafras River watershed. Instead SRA provides the following information so that SRA members can make an informed decision.

The proposal from APEX Clean Energy

Report to Kent Co Commissioners on Alternative energy sources


In addition, both the Kent County News and the Chestertown Spy have had recent articles which are available online. SRA will continue to provide updates via the website.



Happy Hour at the Kitty Knight House

Friday, March 27th from 5-8pm

Join us at the Kitty Knight House as we host Happy Hour from 5-8 pm. All proceeds benefit the Sassafras River Association




General Membership Meeting

Wednesday, November 5th 7PM

"Eagles of the Sassafras River and a Look at Nesting Season"

Our fall membership meeting, featuring a presentation and book signing by Craig Koppie and Teena Gorrow, authors of the award-winning book, Inside a Bald Eagle's Nest.

More information on the book and authors

Inside a Bald Eagle's Nest is the winner of the 2014 Green Earth Book Award for Young Adult Non-Fiction. Read more here.

Thanks to all who attended, and thanks to Teena and Craig for joining us. We had a great time!


Fall Colors Paddle

Saturday, October 18th 10 AM-1 PM

Our annual Fall Colors Paddle explored Mill Creek and Georgetown by canoe and kayak. There's no better way to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage that our area has to offer than by boat!

Click here for some photos



SRA's Birthday Bash on the Sassafras!

September 6th @ 6:30 PM

Duck Hollow, Georgetown, MD

SRA 10 yr Logo


Here's a photo album of the event









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SRA on YouTube

Check out two new videos of SRA on YouTube! The first video is a "how to build a rain barrel" instructional video produced at the SRA rain barrel workshop this past Fall. With the help of Eric Ayers and VPG Studios, Ag Outreach Coordinator Josh Thompson goes through the materials and steps required to build a rain barrel you can use at your home.

The second video once again stars Ag Outreach Coordinator Josh Thompson as he describes how the Department of Natural Resources Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund has funded SRA projects. Recorded by DNR, this video is worth checking out if you'd like to learn more about SRA projects and the funders who support  us. 


Hot off the press! Chesapeake Bay Crab Challenge children's book featuring the Sassafras RIVERKEEPER!

Stop by Sassafras River Association's office to pick up a copy of the newly published Chesapeake Bay Crab Challenge, an illustrated children's book featuring the Sassafras Riverkeeper! The $10 book describes a boy's journey searching for his lost pet crab throughout the Chesapeake Bay region, including Chesapeake Beach, Chestertown, Chesapeake City, and even on the Sassafras RIVERKEEPER boat on the Sassafras River.

Stop by the office 9am-5pm to get your copy! The SRA office is located at 7479 Augustine Herman Highway, Georgetown, MD

Cecil County Residents: Funding Now Available for Septic Upgrades

Septic Traditional septic systems do not remove nitrogen and deliver about 30 pounds of nitrogen per year to groundwater - new systems can cut nitrogen loads in half. Residents of Cecil County are currently eligible to receive funding for septic system upgrades to a nitrogen removing system. Anyone interested in upgrading their septic may be eligible to apply, and funding is available to those with failing systems both in and out of the critical area (land within 1,000 feet of tidal waters), as well non-failing systems within the critical area.

The Bay Restoration Fund provides money to counties to help Marylanders install nitrogen removing systems, and these funds are generated through local flush taxes. Without this funding, installation of a nitrogen removing system would typically cost a homeowner approximately $15,000. The Bay Restoration Fund is on going. Contact Cecil County's Department of Health to inquire about upgrading your septic system, and to apply for funding.

To view some frequently asked questions about the Bay Restoration Fund and septic upgrades, click here.

To print an application form, click here.

Cecil County: Frederick von Staden, Acting Director of Environmental Health 410-996-5160 or

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