south river restoration

Camp Woodlands is located along Broad Creek and is owned by the Girl Scouts Council of Maryland. Data collected by the South RIVERKEEPER demonstrates that Broad Creek is one of the two most highly impaired tributaries to the South River.

Camp Woodlands Top-of-Watershed Projects

Throughout 2012, 2013, and 2014, the South River Federation identified over a dozen top-of-watershed practices including bioretention, ditch plugs, rain gardens, sediment basins, and rain barrels to alleviate upland stormwater flows into Broad Creek. Partners including the Watershed Stewards Academy, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, and Annapolis Boys and Girls Club, who have completed five of these projects (as of June 2014) to address erosion and control stormwater at Camp Woodlands. A hybrid rain garden and bioretention area were installed in front of the Camp's Point of View cabin. The rain garden and bioretention area collect stormwater runoff from the roof. Tandem rain barrels help direct the flow of water from the downspouts into the bioretention area. The plants help to take up nutrients in the stormwater and create new habitat and food for native fauna.

Installed by Girl Scouts volunteers, a rock berm sediment basin across the road from Point of View slows the flow of stormwater, collects sediment, and prevents further erosion through velocity reduction. Why is it here? During heavy rain events, large amounts of water flowed from the road and the area behind the Point of View lodge. The stormwater was causing erosion of the site and a slope headcut had formed.

In 2014, we teamed up with a Girl Scout Gold Award candidate to address another erosion problem onsite. Near the entrance to Camp Woodlands, there were two eroded manmade ditches. Using some girl power from local Girl Scout Troops, we built a series of ditch plug-style check dams in the upland ditches to slow the flow of stormwater and potentially create wetland hydrology in the forest through soil infiltration. The Girl Scouts raised funds and installed roughly 40 native plants in the area to add greater diversity to the understory.

Later in 2014, the Federation teamed up with Crosby Marketing to construct a stormwater wetland at the entrance of the camp. This hand dug wetland captures runoff from the entrance of the camp preventing it from traveling down the Camp's dirt road and carrying sediment into the river.

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Camp Woodlands Gully Stabilization
CWBeforeAfterDue to excessive runoff volumes received from Riva Road, a thirty foot deep ephemeral gully has cut through the northern portion of the forest on the Camp Woodlands property. Continual rapid erosion is depositing extremely large volumes of sediment in the tidal section of Broad Creek. The South River Federation is working with the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland (landowner), Anne Arundel County Watershed Protection and restoration Program (WPRP), and Preserve at Broad Creek HOA (landowner) to restore this gully.

In 2015, the Federation was awarded an Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration Grant through the Chesapeake Bay Trust to install 190 linear feet (4550 square feet) of roadside bioretention and 9000 square feet of forest enhancement on the upper portion of this gully. Restoration on this "upper" gully was completed in late 2015. Local Girl Scout troops have been and will continue to be involved in all aspects of the project.

SRF and Anne Arundel County WPRP will be restoring the remaining stretch of the eroded gully over 2016-2017.

Living Shoreline
Approximately 500 linear feet of eroding shoreline was transformed into a stable slope and living shoreline in early 2014. Click here to learn more about the shoreline and to view pictures.

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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 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 Park & Health Department Restoration

    This restoration project will restore stability and functions to a 750 and 950  linear feet ephemeral gullies that flow to the East Branch of Broad Creek. The two channels are highly unstable, leading to excessive delivery of sediment downstream during even minor storm events. By stabilizing the gullies...

  • 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