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 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)....