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Severn Sound Water Quality

The Severn Sound Environmental Association, monitors 11 stations throughout the Sound in an effort to detect long-term changes in water quality. SSEA continues to monitor water quality and work with municipal partners to ensure that the quality of Severn Sound is maintained. More Information...

About Source Water Protection

    You can learn more about Source Water Protection by downloading the following Fact Sheets from

  • Know Your Drinking Water 
  • Understanding the Source Protection Planning Process
  • Program Overview
  • About Assessment Reports
  • What are Threats
  • Calculating Threats
  • Water Budgets
  • Guide for Municipal Councils 

Foam on the Waters of Severn Sound

Foam on the open waters of Severn Sound or in local streams is caused by natural phenomena unless it has a perfume smell typical of many synthetic soaps and detergents. More Information...

Are Mayflies "Bugging" Your Waterfront?

The invasion of the burrowing mayflies - the long-tailed insects plaguing the waterfront homes and businesses of Severn Sound - is a sure sign of summer. More Information... 

Weird Water Critters - Water Brains

If you have been snorkelling around your shoreline, you may have noticed a strange mass attached to dock structures or fallen tree branches. That mass is actually a colony of moss animals. More Information...

Swimmer's Itch

Itchy skin? Been wading or swimming at the beach? You may be suffering from swimmer's itch, a basically harmless but irritating allergic reaction caused by tiny aquatic worms who have mistaken you for a duck. More Information...

Floating Pollen in Severn Sound

Every year, during May and June, the SSEA office receives inquiries about a yellow scum, floating in sheltered areas of Severn Sound and near by lakes. More Information...