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Welcome to the MRA

The Magothy River Association (MRA) is dedicated to the preservation and improvement of the water quality, plants, and wildlife of the Magothy River and its watershed. Founded in 1946, the MRA is an all-volunteer group, incorporated as a non-profit 501 (c) (3) charitable organization representing over 300 individual members and 30 community associations within the Magothy River Watershed. The organization designs and executes projects that restore and protect the welfare of the river and its watershed.

Monthly Meetings

The MRA Executive Board meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7:30 pm. Please check our Facebook Page for up-to-date announcements and other timely information or contact Meetings are held via Zoom or at the Berrywood Community Clubhouse, 2nd Floor, at the intersection of Berrywood & Hartman Drives, Severna Park. Public welcome.

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Recent News & Events

Special Event

On Wednesday, March 20th the Magothy River Association hosted a very special event, allowing YOU to virtually tour the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) campus. Get an inside look at the important environmental research happening there!

Headquartered on the Chesapeake Bay, the nation’s largest estuary, SERC’s 2,650-acre campus spans forests, wetlands, marshes, and 15 miles of protected shoreline. The site serves as a natural laboratory for long-term and cutting-edge ecological research.

The MRA will play a role in one of those projects, Chesapeake Water Watch. Along with other local river organizations, MRA volunteers will collect water quality data. These measurements will be used by researchers to help “train” NASA satellites to accurately monitor the Bay.

State of the Magothy

Annually each Spring, the Magothy River Association delivers a “State of the Magothy” address.

Please save the date for April 5, 2024!

The event will be held at Anne Arundel Community College in the Health and Life Sciences Building. Please park in Lot D.  Doors will open at 6:30pm for viewing of displays and talks will begin at 7:00pm.  Main speakers this year are Dr. Sally Hornor, who will present the Magothy River Index, and Caitlin Sporik of Bayland Environmental Designers, who will speak on the multi-faceted restoration projects for Mill Creek. 

Please click here for campus map and parking information.

Directions to AACC East Campus

From Washington or Annapolis
Take Route 50 east to exit 27, Route 2 north (Governor Ritchie Highway) toward Baltimore. Stay on Route 2 for about three miles. Turn right on College Parkway. The first right turn is the campus entrance.

From Baltimore
From Interstate 695 take exit 2, Route 10 toward Severna Park. Stay on Route 10 until it ends at Route 2 (Governor Ritchie Highway). Follow Route 2 south about five miles. Turn left on College Parkway. The first right turn is the campus entrance.

For questions or more information, please contact

Oyster Restoration Program

The MRA was proud to partner with the Jolly Dolphin in the 4th annual Great Chesapeake Bay Virtual Schooner Race to raise money for our Oyster Restoration Program. We sailed over the finish line in second place, doubling our race goal! However, we still have a long way to go in order to fund restoration of all our reefs. Please consider donating to our Oyster Restoration Program today! Click on the donate button on our homepage. For more information on this project please contact Thank you for your support!

Latest MRA Living History Video

In December 2023, MRA volunteers released the latest living history video on “Goska’s Liquor store” which is located on historic RT 648. This is a wonderful 5 minute video describing some of the local history surrounding this store in Severna Park. Click here to watch.

You can find links to our other Living History videos under Projects>Living History. MRA volunteers are currently working on living history videos for Asbury church and Woods church.

Working together we can protect and preserve the Magothy for generations to enjoy.

Working to Preserve and Protect the Magothy River Watershed