Save Our Streams is recruiting for cleanup of Magothy River

January 17, 1994|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,Staff Writer

A story in yesterday's Anne Arundel edition incorrectly reported the amount of the contract between Anne Arundel County and Maryland Save Our Streams. The correct amount is $46,500.

The Sun regrets the error.

Encouraged by its success recruiting volunteers from the Magothy area, a conservation group will try to get people to band together and focus their attention on cleaning up and preserving the Magothy River Watershed.

So far, Save Our Streams has about a dozen people interested in attending an organizational meeting tonight. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. at the College Parkway Baptist Church in Arnold.


Jonathan Pearson, community organizer with Save Our Streams, said he hopes the new effort will bring out people interested in watershed-related education, cleanups, tree plantings or other restoration activities.

The Magothy River suffers from many of the same urban sprawl stresses as other waterways in the county, including pollution and run off from homes, businesses and industry.

"The ultimate goal is that the people that attend this initial meeting, they will stay together to form either a committee that will continue to carry on stream-adoption activities or coordinate with an existing organization," Mr. Pearson said.

Among organizations that have taken an interest in environmental activities in the area are the Magothy River Association and the Greater Severna Park Council.

The push is part of Save Our Streams' $60,000 contract with Anne Arundel County government, most of which is directed at getting communities involved with stream protection.

The organization has had successes with similar efforts over the past three years. Its group in the Sawmill Creek Watershed has a core of dedicated volunteers who spend many a Saturday morning cleaning up debris from stream banks. In the Severn River Watershed, volunteers have been working in the Annapolis area.

Mr. Pearson said he hopes people who attend tonight's meeting will plan at least one short-term activity, such as a tree planting, as well as some long-range goals.

"I would like to see an inventory of all outfalls into the Magothy River. I don't think we know what all of the outfalls are -- primarily storm drains," said George McCready of Pasadena, who has volunteered in stream cleanups and the like.

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