south river restoration

The Poplar Point community was developed in the 1990s, in accordance with stormwater regulations of the time. Those regulations required the stable conveyance - but not treatment, detention, or infiltration - of stormwater flows within the neighborhood. At the end of many of the community's cul de sacs, county drainage easements exist to provide this conveyance. Unfortunately, in many cases, hurricanes and other large storms have caused a gradual degradation of the stable conveyance, leading to the creation of gullies which provide poor habitat while transporting fine sediments into the tidal reach of Church Creek - fouling channels as well as mooring areas.

Church Creek Lane Restoration Project: Along Church Creek Lane, a 20 foot deep gully conveyed significant amounts of polluted stormwater runoff from Maryland Route 2 and parts of the neighborhood. The gully, which intersects 9 private properties, was once a functional ephemeral stream and forested wetland complex that provided high quality habitat for fish and wildlife species but had become degraded over the years. The Federation first discussed the restoration of this site with the community in 2008. In 2012, the Federation received a Watershed Assistance Grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust to design this project, and soon after, received an Implementation Grant from Maryland DNR to secure permits for the project and construct it. Construction began in March 2014 and was completed by June 2014 turning it back into a functional ephemeral stream and forested wetland complex.

Poplar Point Step Pools: In 2012, at the end of Poplar Point Road, the Federation worked with landowners and the community to install a series of check dams, geotextile base, and a cobble run to slow stormwater flows, aid infiltration, stabilize the eroding gully, and collect pollution from upslope. This critical stormwater retrofit has limited habitat benefit itself, but has succeeded in allowing tidal marsh conditions to improve downslope since its construction.

Church Creek Lane Bioretention: In 2015, Maryland DNR funded a 5,000 square foot bioretention project at the upstream limit of our Church Creek Lane Stream/Wetland project. This large residential bioretention project creates a striking landscape feature for the landowners and features large numbers of pollinator-friendly plants. The project, designed by SRF staff and constructed by Resource Restoration Group, LLC demonstrates SRF's priority to "connect" upland and wetland BMPs in high priority drainages.

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Featured Projects

  • Annapolis Harbour Center Stream and Wetland Restoration

    The Annapolis Harbour Center Stream and Wetland project improved habitat, increased floodplain connection, and prevents bed and bank erosion. This particular project focusesd on controlling flows and providing habitat at the bottom of existing outfalls, through the use of a step-pool storm...

  • Broad Creek - Health Department Gully Restoration Phase 1

    This restoration project restored stability and functions to a 950  linear feet ephemeral gully that flows to the East Branch of Broad Creek.  The channel was highly unstable, leading to excessive delivery of sediment downstream during even minor storm events. By stabilizing the gully and...

  • 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...

Current Projects

  • 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 With "Live Green, Eat Irish" as their motto, a roof covered in solar panels, and a small farm out back, the Killarney House Irish restaurant is committed to being environmentally responsible. In 2015, Killarney House owner Anthony Clarke reached out to...

  • Broad Creek - Health Department Gully Restoration Phase 2

    This restoration project will restore stability and functions to a 750  linear feet ephemeral gully that flows to the East Branch of Broad Creek. Like the nearby gully restored in May of 2018, this channel is highly unstable and leading to excessive delivery of sediment downstream during even minor...

  • CAT - South Rain Garden

    The Federation is constructing a stormwater bioretention cell on the campus of the Center of Applied Technology – South (CAT-South), a magnet program of Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) located in Edgewater, Maryland. This project will address flooding issues experienced outside one of...

  • Gravely - Kings Branch 'Grand Canyon' Restoration

    Flat Creek's "Gravely Grand Canyon" is one of the fastest eroding tributaries in the South River watershed, with over 11,000 linear feet of highly incised and unstable channels.

  • Holly Hill Harbor Restoration

    The project was identified by the West/Rhode Riverkeeper for retrofits due to the frequent high bacteria levels that were found in weekly bacteria samples conducted just outside of the property. These elevated levels highlighted the need to prevent polluted stormwater from entering the river.

  • 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)....