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Killarney House Stream Restoration Project

Killarney House & Neighbors Community stormwater project, located in the Beards Creek subwatershed of the South River, will address polluted stormwater runoff traveling across five commercial and residential properties. The Federation will create forested wetlands, build bioretention swales, and plant reforestation buffer to help filter the stormwater. This project will assist in the conversion of stormwater to groundwater, reducing the erosive energy of the runoff as well as filtering out excess nutrients and sediment.

The objective of this project is to treat polluted stormwater runoff traveling across five commercial and residential properties in Davidsonville, MD. Currently, stormwater enters the five acre property behind Killarney House Irish Restaurant from surrounding upland areas. Runoff collected by and from this property flows across the commercial property, travels across Maryland Route 214 and then through three private properties before entering Marriots Branch of Beards Creek. In 2015, the owners of Killarney House contacted the South River Federation wanting to address stormwater issues on both their commercial property and their new parcel where they are willing to dedicate a significant space on their recently purchased property to treating stormwater. Three downhill neighbors are also participating in this project, for which the Federation received a Chesapeake Bay Trust Watershed Assistance Grant in November 2015.Underwood & Associates has been retained for the design and construction is planned for 2016.

Together, these projects will serve an important community-scale stormwater demonstration role. Like many existing small businesses, Killarney House must rely entirely on stormwater retrofits to minimize its pollution impacts to the South River.

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Meet our team

  • Meet our team set 1
    Liz BuxtonExecutive DirectorA native of Tidewater, Virginia, Liz has more than 15 years experience leading conservation non-profit organizations and government agencies... Read More
    Jennifer Carr
    Jennifer CarrCoordinator, Watershed RestorationJennifer graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Geography and a ... Read More
    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
  • Meet our team set 2
    Nancy Merrill SullivanCoordinator, Volunteer and Outreach ProgramNancy Merrill Sullivan 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
    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
    Francesca KingProgram AssistantFrancesca joined the federation in October 2017. She has previously worked in campaigns and environmental education... Read More
    Sarah GiordanoEnvironmental ScientisttSarah Giordano signed on as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteer after graduating from Washington College ... 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...