ANNAPOLIS (Sept. 12, 2019) -- We're sad to report, that despite some great clarity, a bountiful crop of forage fish and underwater grasses this year, there is an extensive dead zone in the Severn River.
A special report from the Annapolis-based Severn River Association (SRA) has used data collected by the group's water quality monitoring team to reveal the extent of the dead zone this summer.
Note: In Figure 1 above, the green area is the size of the dead zone in early June. The red outline is how big it had grown by late-August.
This vast stretch of water with very low-oxygen content stretches from just above the Rt. 50 Bridge all the way up the river, into the creeks, through Round Bay and up to The Narrows.
It's more than 5 square miles, which is roughly the size of Denton, Md.
SRA's Mid-Summer 2019 Report tracking the size of the dead zone is available here.
Founded in 1911, the Severn River Association (SRA) is the oldest river group in the nation. SRA is a membership organization working to preserve and protect the Severn River. Find out more at severnriver.org