An early spring! Where was the winter? Take a look – trees are budding and blooming as well as daffodils, crocus (already gone), tulips, and sweet smelling hyacinth. No dreary winter, snow or dark ages this year. And with all the new plant life, let's think about the NEW aquatic life in the Magothy River watershed.
Last week the Magothy had its annual yellow perch spawn at Lake Waterford. The event was captured by an interesting photo posted on our facebook (page see “Jewels of the Magothy.”) [https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=452832484977&set=a.452831444977.68242.22985569977&type=1&theater ]. In the past, almost historically, every creek had yellow perch spawn but now because of loss of habitat it appears only around Lake Waterford.
Despite the Magothy River's health report of a D-, and the dreary, doom filled grumblings and gossip, that the river is dead, the Magothy IS teeming with life. I think somebody forgot to tell the yellow perch that the Magothy is dead and they are not suppose to be reproducing here. Ha! Mother nature has a different plan. Let's just remember this past winter!
What does it say, really? It screams HOPE! A dead river, a river with failing health every year, a river with a D- health report, still provides enough of something to be enticing to yellow perch. This is a positive sign that there is still hope for turning around the Magothy. This will take time.
Time to heal a very stressed river. Remember – D-. The Magothy is losing habitat all the time due to sediment run off and erosion, and aquatic life are stressed and struggling due to poor water quality. Let's work together to help improve the Magothy in every sense.
Do as much as you can to make a difference – limit fertilizer on the grass, recycle, grow oysters under your pier, grow submerged aquatic grasses (SAV) and plant them in the river, improve your septic system, put up silt fences if doing construction, limit how much area is disturbed during construction, plant a tree, plant a lot of trees, don't cut down living trees(!) and don't throw trash of any kind into the river.
What else can we do? What are you doing? Do you have any other suggestions?
Have a sensational St Patty's Day and think GREEN! Green trees to Green Beer! A toast: Sláinte mhaith for the Magothy!
Happy Spring! Enjoy the River – see you out there!