south river restoration

DWS progress

Formerly the site of an algae-filled farm pond with barren banks where any vegetative growth was either quickly trampled or consumed by the rehabilitating animals in the area, we now have a beautiful wetland system.   The goal of this project was to enhance the Sanctuary property as well as create a series of post-treatment wetlands to reduce densities of coliform bacteria leaving the site before the water arrives at Beard’s Creek.  This site was the #1 priority for restoration in the 2007 tributary study for Beard's Creek. 

The project slows the movement of storm flows through the pond (and restores baseflow) by setting a series of grade controls through its length. The soils around the pond are re-hydrated by raising the height of its outfall and creating a series of terraced wetlands that will trap sediment and process nutrients before water leaves the property. These terraced wetlands are fenced off from the rest of the enclosure to allow vegetative growth and to minimize the fouling of water quality by wildlife.

With the landowner’s permission, what was a source of pollution to the river has now been converted into a beautiful, functional best management practice that contributes cool, cleaner baseflow to Beard’s Creek.

2014 BUBBA First Place Best Habitat Creation Award Winner

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Featured Projects

  • Annapolis Harbour Center Stream and Wetland Restoration

    The Annapolis Harbour Center Stream and Wetland project will improve habitat, increase floodplain connection, and prevent bed and bank erosion. This particular project focuses on controlling flows and providing habitat at the bottom of existing outfalls, through the use of a step-pool storm...

  • Church Creek Headwaters Restoration

    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...

  • Preserve at Broad Creek Pond and Outfall Restoration

    This project is located in the Broad Creek watershed, one of the most impaired subwatersheds of the South River.  The Preserve at Broad Creek Restoration Project corrected a failing stormwater pond and its resulting unstable outfall into an ephemeral reach of a tributary of Broad Creek known as...

Current Projects

  • Annapolis Harbour Center Pond Retrofit

    Anne Arundel County, with support from the South River Federation, is retrofitting the large stormwater pond at Annapolis Harbour Center to increase its capacity for treating stormwater runoff.  This new project will tie directly into the Federation's Annapolis Harbour Center Stream and Wetlands...

  • Bacon Ridge Natural Area

    Background: The Bacon Ridge Natural Area (BRNA) is a County owned Natural Area in Crownsville, MD. The area consists of over 700 acres of forests, streams, and wetlands, including portions of the Crownsville State Hospital property. The Federation strongly advocated for the permanent protection of new...

  • Beards Creek: Killarney House & Neighbors Community BMPs

    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...

  • Broad Creek Headwaters Phase II - Dept. of Health Gully, Heritage Complex Gully, & East Branch Restoration

    This restoration project will restore stability and functions to a 1000 linear foot ephemeral stormwater driven gully and a parallel 1300 linear foot ephemeral gully that flow to the East Branch of Broad Creek.

  • Bywater Stream and Wetland Restoration

    The Bywater Branch Restoration Project is located in Annapolis next to the community of Kingsport. The roughly 2,000 linear foot site is in the headwaters of Church Creek, one of the most highly urbanized sub watersheds on the South River. The project site is currently composed of multiple...

  • Edgewater Beach Septic Upgrades & Stormwater Retrofits

    The Edgewater Beach Septic and Stormwater Retrofit project is a multi-phase effort to work with a decades-old, waterfront community on the South River. We seek to comprehensively upgrade its infrastructure to help reduce negative impacts to health and water quality, improve property values, and...

  • Living Shoreline Projects

    The South River Federation has worked with a number of communities on the River to replace bulkhead and revetment with natural “living shoreline” projects. These projects rely less on structural materials, such as rock and lumber, for stabilization, and instead work with the wave energy on the...

  • Turnbull Estates BMP & Living Shoreline Project

    South River Federation (SRF), in partnership Turnbull Estates community, Edgewater, MD, is seeking to couple a community bioretention project with an innovative living shoreline restoration approach, utilizing the native oyster Crassostrea virginica along with conventional methods (segmented sills)....

  • Warehouse Creek Stream and Wetland Restoration

    Coming Soon