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Scenic Rivers Land Trust celebrates 25 years [Russett]

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Spring has finally sprung and Earth Day may be over but protecting our environment and preserving our land is an ongoing process. On Saturday, May 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Scenic Rivers Land Trust will be celebrating its 25th birthday with a garden party fundraiser at Hidden View Farm, located at 702 Defense Highway, in Crownsville. For detailed information, go to srlt.org.

For those not familiar with the Scenic Rivers Land Trust, here is a brief description. The Trust is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3), non-governmental organization, which protects the scenic and natural qualities of the Severn, South, West, Rhode and Patuxent rivers and the surrounding land areas in Anne Arundel County. The Trust has been preserving land in the county since 1988 and today holds conservation easements on 61 properties, totaling 2,700 acres.

As I mentioned in a previous column, on Saturday, May 3, Anne Arundel County's Shred-A-Rama VIII event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following locations: Western District, Ridgeway Elementary School located at 1440 Evergreen Road, in Severn, at the intersection of Telegraph Road (Route 170); Northern District, Brooklyn Park Middle School located at 200 Hammonds Lane, in Baltimore; Eastern District, Anne Arundel County Police Headquarters, back parking lot, located at 8495 Veterans Highway, in Millersville; and Southern District, South River High School, located at 200 Central Ave. East, in Edgewater. There is no charge for Anne Arundel County residents but a donation bucket will be available. Residents may bring up to four boxes or bags of documents for shredding.

Another exciting event will take place on Friday, May 30 sponsored by the Chesapeake Environmental Protection Association. CEPA will hold a forum entitled, "About the Future Supply of Drinking Water in Maryland," starting at 7 p.m. at the Calvary United Methodist Church at 301 Rowe Blvd., in Annapolis. The forum will have decision-makers and experts discussing various topics covering how to protect and manage groundwater resources in Maryland. CEPA's distinguished 2014 forum presenters include Saeid Kasraei, director of the Water Supply Program for the Maryland Department of the Environment; David Bolton, chief hydrologist for Maryland Geological Survey; and Al Tucker, President of the Chesapeake Environmental Protection Association. For more information, go to cepaonline,org or contact Al Tucker at altucker@cepaonline.org.

And last, but certainly not least, we are all familiar with the old adage, "One man's junk is another man's treasure." Russett Community Association's annual yard sale will be in full swing Saturday, May 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3500 Russett Common, in front of the Russett Community Center and KinderCare parking lots. Come one, come all to peruse and purchase those unique items you can't find elsewhere.

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