Chesapeake Rivers Association, Inc. (Annapolis, MD)


  • Name:Fred Kelly
  • Title:President

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Chesapeake Rivers Association, Inc.
  • Address:329 Riverview Trail
    Annapolis, MD 21401
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:4108498540

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  • Mission:
  • Chesapeake Rivers Association, Inc. is a 501 (c)3 and sponsor of the Severn Riverkeeper Program (SRK), a community-based non profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the Severn Rver, the "Capital" River of the State of Maryland. our mission is to restore it as a healthy, swimmable, fishable body of water for our families and children. It is home to both the City of Annapolis, the Capital of the State of Maryland and the United States Naval Academy. Our objective is to improve water quality by reducing the levels of nutrients, sediments, sewage and toxic chemicals, so that the Severn may be removed from the EPA list of "impaired" waterways. The SRK's strategic Plan asserts "if we can save the creeks, we can save the river". It has targeted its restorations efforts initially mid-river to create a "critical mass" of measurable improvement in water quality in areas damaged by development. "One Creek at a Time" -- we can make a difference.

  • History:
  • The Chesapeake Bay is North America’s largest and most biologically diverse estuary with over 3600 species of fish, plants and animals. President Obama issued an Executive Order in May 2009 proclaiming it a national treasure, ordering immediate action to preserve this important resource. This reflects an unprecedented commitment led by the federal government. The historic “Pollution Diet” has been finalized, and the EPA has pledged to hold states accountable for the Bay’s cleanup.

    In response, the Severn Riverkeeper Program (SRK) has launched its initiative to save the Severn “One Creek at a Time”. The Capital River of the State of Maryland will serve as a prototype for the entire Chesapeake watershed.

    Untreated runoff from expanded impervious surfaces is the fastest growing source of pollution, and unless stopped, we cannot hope to revive our own river or the Chesapeake Bay itself. Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance Systems (RSC), developed by local ecosystem restoration specialists, are an emerging and promising integrative approach to manage runoff, reduce surface water pollution, and restore headwater streams. The SRK’s “One Creek at a Time” Initiative will use this technique to improve water quality.

    The SRK is a staffed professional community based organization. Fred Kelly founded the SRK in 2002, and heads the staff. He has over 35 years of experience as an environmental attorney and serves as the Severn Riverkeeper. Part of the national Waterkeeper Alliance, the SRK is also a founding partner of the Chesapeake Riverkeeper Network. We pride ourselves on being an action, goal-oriented organization and have set in place a coordinated Work Plan with qualified staff and professional work products. With a dedicated board and resulted oriented mindset, we have accomplished much in the way of protection for the Severn.

    The Riverkeeper programs are by mandate, active grassroots organizations dedicated to habitat preservation and restoration. We are not only a watchdog group, which monitors adverse effects of development on our watershed, but we also actively restore lost habitat through installation of sand seepage wetlands and indigenous plants and advocate for stormwater and environmental technology which will improve the quality of water in not only the Severn River, but the Chesapeake Bay, as well.

    We are just beginning to stop stormwater pollution in the Severn. In Clements Creek, the Riverkeeper Program has installed the latest technology, a Regenerative Stormwater Conveyance System (RSC). It infiltrates over 90% of the rainwater that falls on the site, dramatically reducing runoff. We obtained funding, designed and built two parts of a three-part restoration of over $1.5 million in the sub watershed. The third piece is currently in design and permitting and has been partially funded.

    In a neighboring creek we are planning a systemic restoration of its prime tributary – Cabin Branch - and have invested a substantial effort in producing a Watershed Assessment and Action Plan. We have successfully funded and are completing design for the recommended $850,000 headwater restoration and anticipate beginning the project in 2012.

    The SRK has completed a milestone six years of Water Quality Monitoring, which has successfully documented previously unknown dead zones in the Severn and established base line information on dissolved oxygen. We produce a yearly report to the Governor and EPA that has been a wake-up call to all of us who care about our Capital River. In addition, we have funded and managed monitoring and scientific assessment by the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) of prototype RSC to determine performance of these emerging technologies in removing sediment and nutrient from the non-tidal waterways feeding the Severn.

    These restoration efforts demonstrate how a well-managed non-profit can leverage resources to make a difference in restoring the Severn.

  • Year established:2002
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:6
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:3


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:01-0729385

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:010729385
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% FRED KELLY
  • Organization Address:1713 S HARBOR LN
  • Organization City:ANNAPOLIS
  • Organization State:MD
  • Organization Zip:21401-6534
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 2002
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:C32
  • Asset Amount:$258,629
  • Asset Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • Income Amount:$361,104
  • Income Code:4 ($100,000 - $499,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$352,253
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 2:57:55 am

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