Since 1998 the Maryland Department of Natural Resources has been conducting submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) restoration in lakes, rivers and Chesapeake Bay itself. To leverage State resources biologists have obtained annual grants and used a variety of techniques. One thing all the work has in common is using schools, volunteers, or both to do far more than the state could do alone. A brief history of SAV will be discussed as well as a review of successful and unsuccessful work spanning over two decades. Opportunities to participate in this important work will be available this summer and fall for those interested. Chesapeake Conservation Corps member, Jonas Lee, is enhancing DNR’s SAV restoration efforts by growing wild celery in multiple water bodies using seeds collected from the Sassafras River. Attendees will also have an interactive introduction to DNR’s online SAV identification guide.
Mike Naylor is a Program Manager with the DNR’s Tidewater Ecosystem Assessment. Mike has worked as a Senior Policy Advisor and formerly led Maryland's Shellfish Program. Mike helped create DNR’s SAV identification website and co-authored an SAV identification field guide.
Amy Hamilton is a Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) Biologist with DNR. She monitors and researches potentially harmful algae in Maryland’s coastal and fresh waters and is a member of the Maryland HAB Task Force. She has a background in toxin testing of water and shellfish samples and previously managed the Maine Marine Phytoplankton Monitoring Program, a citizen scientist operation.
Jonas Lee is a Chesapeake Conservation Corps member currently working with Mike Naylor. He is a 2020 graduate of University of Maryland College Park where he majored in Environmental Science and minored in Sustainability. He has also interned with the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection’s Maryland Biological Stream Survey program and the Howard County Office of Community Sustainability.