Mission
Mission

To protect, preserve, restore and celebrate the South River

Shoreline
Shoreline

Protect. Preserve

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Wade-in

Restore. Celebrate

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There are four primary tributaries feeding Church Creek, one of the most highly degraded sub-watersheds on the South River.  One of them, the Wilelinor Stream Valley was restored in 2003 by Anne Arundel County and the Maryland State Highway Administration using sand seepage stream and wetland restoration techniques. The goal of this larger subwatershed restoration effort is to take the necessary steps to repair the other tributaries to Church Creek, using similar restoration methods as well as pond retrofits, upland bioretention practices, and living shoreline techniques to create a model sub-watershed restoration, and evaluate the impact of such cumulative work on the South River.

The Church Creek Headwaters Restoration Project is located just north of Route 665 (Aris T. Allen Boulevard) in Annapolis on a parcel that includes several acres of floodplain and steep slopes. The site represents the confluence of two major non-tidal tributaries to Church Creek, the most highly urbanized subwatershed of the South River. Currently, these tributaries are incised into a floodplain composed of over ten feet of aggraded legacy sediments that are exported to tidewater under storm flows through the rapidly eroding (widening) ditch channels. This project created several acres of stream and wetland habitat by raising the invert of the existing ditch channel in multiple locations and inundating or saturating the floodplain.

Anne Arundel County's Phase II WIP listed this site as moderately degraded and a high priority for restoration.  It is listed in our 2008 Watershed Restoration Plan as one of 30 high and medium priority restoration projects. 

2015 BUBBA First Place Award Winner for Best Habitat Creation

To see our Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteers capstone project analyzing the preliminary results of the project, view: Project Analysis.

                                                            

Church Creek Headwaters Before (left) & After (right)

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Photos of Church Creek Before and During Construction

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Photos of Church Creek After Construction

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Photos of the Fauna that Call Church Creek Home

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Meet our team

  • Meet our team set 1
    Jesse Iliff
    Jesse IliffSouth RIVERKEEPERJesse Iliff is an attorney who obtained his juris doctor with a certificate of concentration in environmental law from the University of Maryland, Carey School of Law... Read More
    Suzanne Martin
    Suzanne MartinDirector of DevelopmentSuzanne has 18 years experience in fundraising, primarily in the education and environmental arenas. She has worked at private independents schools, Johns Hopkins University, Wichita State University, the Jane Goodall Institute and most recently at The Key School in Annapolis. ... Read More
    Jennifer Carr
    Jennifer CarrCoordinator, Watershed RestorationJennifer graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Geography and a ... Read More
    nancy
    Nancy MerrillCoordinator, Volunteer and Outreach ProgramNancy Merrill is a recent transplant to the shores of the South River although she grew up as a river rat on the nearby Severn River ... Read More
  • Meet our team set 2
    DavidL
    David LanierRestoration TechnicianDavid Lanier is a recent graduate from Towson University, where he earned a degree in environmental studies with a focus on policy and management ... Read More
    SarahG
    Sarah GiordanoEnvironmental ScientistSarah Giordano signed on as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteer after graduating from Washington College ... Read More
    jackie
    Jackie FisherChesapeake Conservation CorpsJaclyn is the most recent Conservation Corps volunteer. She graduated from the University of Maryland with her M.S. in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology, .. ... Read More

News & Events

  • Watershed Watch Newsletter 07-01-2017

    Watershed Watch is the quarterly newsletter of the South River Federation. It features articles on...