south river restoration
The Federation, in partnership with the Twin Harbors Community, is working to restore 780 linear feet of existing bulkhead and eroding shoreline with a living shoreline along Mill Creek of the Magothy River.  This shoreline project will complement the community‚Äôs nearby 187 linear foot shoreline installed two years ago and stretch across both community and private property.  Additionally, this project will include a 4,200 square foot bioretention facility located between the parking lot and shoreline to capture runoff, as well as 0.25 acres of voluntary reforestation.  This grant request does not include the reforestation portion of the project.
 
The historic shoreline suffered erosion from both wave and (Northern) wind energy and was eventually converted into bulkhead. Now that the bulkhead is beginning to fail in some areas, the community would like to install a natural living shoreline to stabilize the shoreline and absorb wave energy that is currently rebounding back out into the creek.  Runoff from the land, coupled with wave action from the creek, which can go up and over the bulkhead during storms, has caused washouts behind portions of the bulkhead.  This project will create a stable shoreline that will work to improve water quality, reduce erosion, and create habitat where there has not been any for decades.  Through a dense native planting and use of woody debris, the Federation will work to achieve new habitat zones to support a variety of Bay flora and fauna. 
 
The Federation looks forward to working with a community dedicated to meaningful restoration on community and private property.  The community has demonstrated their commitment to improving the health of both Mill and Diving Creeks.  They have now paid for two living shorelines to be designed, with one already installed.  The first was installed with a Chesapeake Bay Trust mini grant and volunteer labor from the community.   The Federation encourages communities to take on their own restoration projects and we believe the success of Twin Harbors could be used to inspire other local communities to do the same. 
 
A grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust's Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration program has been secured to construct the first 380 feet of shoreline.  Funding for the remaining shoreline is pending with Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
 

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