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ANNAPOLIS, Maryland (May 22, 2018) – Annapolis Harbour Center (, Annapolis’ lifestyle fashion, dining and entertainment port of call, hosted TurtleFest this past Saturday, May 19.

The event was in partnership with South River Federation, a local environmental non-profit whose mission is to protect, restore, preserve, and celebrate the South River Watershed. The event was the culmination of an environmental cleanup program in which the Federation restored almost 2,000 linear feet of stream running behind the Harbour Center that had been identified as the most degraded stream segment in the South River Watershed, and featured a ribbon cutting ceremony.

In addition to the stream restoration, in August of 2017, the Watershed Protection & Restoration Program started construction to retrofit the stormwater pond at Annapolis Harbour Center. In conjunction with this cleanup effort, The Terrapin Institute, assisted by the South River Federation caught, measured, marked, and moved the turtles to a temporary home so they are out of harm's way for the duration of construction.

The program was made possible by Lerner Enterprises, the owner of Annapolis Harbor Center; Chesapeake Bay Trust, a regional nonprofit grant-making organization dedicated to improving the watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay; Maryland Department of Natural Resources, a state government agency whose mission is securing a sustainable future by preserving, protecting, restoring, and enhancing the State’s natural resources; and the Watershed Protection and Restoration Program of Anne Arundel County, whose goal is to install projects that meet the pollution reducing goals of the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, as well as ensure that the county’s stormwater management infrastructure meets federal environmental standards.  

Lerner Enterprises was thrilled to partner with local non-profits and government agencies to restore and improve the community’s natural resources and wildlife. With only a few months in to the restoration program, preliminary data looks very promising. Summer bacteria levels in the stream (measured weekly) have dropped over 77% and there is a 1,350% increase in the fish population!

Attendees to the event enjoyed a ribbon cutting ceremony, release of the turtles back into Church Creek, turtle talks, nature tours, art activities, face painting, balloon animals and a moon bounce.

For photos of the event, visit Lerner's Facebook page. To see a video, visit Lerner's YouTube page.


About Annapolis Harbour Center

Annapolis Harbour Center (, Annapolis’s lifestyle fashion, dining and entertainment port of call, is a 292,000 lifestyle retail center located in Annapolis, Maryland.  The Center contains a fashionable collection of retailers, restaurants and services to appeal the very affluent residents that live and shop within greater Annapolis.  Retailers include Barnes & Noble, Bow Tie Cinemas, Chico’s, DSW, The Fresh Market, Jos. A. Bank Clothiers, LOFT, Nordstrom Rack, Old Navy, TGI Fridays, The PA Dutch Farmers Market, Pure Barre, Soma Intimates, Ulta Beauty among many others.   For leasing information at Annapolis Harbour Center, contact Gregory C. Hull, Senior Retail Leasing Manager for Lerner.


About Lerner

Founded by Theodore N. Lerner in 1952, Lerner Enterprises is a respected leader in Washington, D.C. area real estate development, investment and management.  Headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, Lerner is one of the largest and most diversified private real estate developers in the region, with expertise in all phases of commercial real estate – including planning, development, construction, leasing, asset management and property management. Lerner has developed and managed more than 20 million square feet of commercial, retail, hospitality and residential real estate, with a retail portfolio comprised of a wide range of landmark developments throughout the Washington metropolitan area, including Dulles Town Center, Annapolis Harbour Center, Dulles 28 Centre and The Spectrum at Reston Town Center, among many others.

The company is also a pioneer in sustainable development, with a noteworthy LEED® Certified portfolio that includes Washington Square (LEED® Silver Certification), 20 M Street (LEED® Gold Certification), 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard (Lerner’s Corporate Headquarters and the first LEED® Platinum office building in the Mid-Atlantic Region), and 1775 Tysons Boulevard (the first office building designed to achieve LEED® Platinum Certification in the Tysons market).

For more information, visit or follow Lerner on Twitter @LernerDC.


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Lisa B. Wood | 301.692.2396|
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