south river restoration

The Arundel on the Bay Community partnered with the South River Federation to assess their community's drainage and flooding issues in 2010, with the goal of implementing a variety of best management practices in the most critically needed areas afterwards. The area selected as the first implementation site was the 40 acre Chestnut Avenue drainage area, composed of a series of foot-deep roadside ditches. During small storms, water would slip through roadside ditches and drain into Fishing Creek, untreated. During large storms, the ditches would become overwhelmed with stormwater volume, sending ponded water into yards and streets. The implementation of these projects supports ongoing efforts to reduce nutrients, enhance habitats, and enhance upland areas currently prone to run-off.

In early 2014, Federation installed that project: the Chestnut Avenue / Arundel on the Bay Environmental Enhancement Project - our most complex urban/residential project to date - the. Designed by Biohabitats, Inc. and constructed by Underwood and Associates, Inc., is over 500 feet in length, nearly an acre in size, and contains nearly 300 linear feet of restored living shoreline (replacing an aging bulkhead). The completed project increases the treatment of runoff during normal conditions and small storms, while safely passing the flows of extreme storms .

This was accomplished through a hybridized project concept that included opening up ditch sections and converting them to rain gardens and bioretention swales, as well as opening up a previously filled tidal marsh and bulkhead to provide significant wetland habitat where the ditch system enters Fishing Creek. We would love to see similar projects throughout many of the South River's low-lying waterfront communities, and we know that several neighborhoods are working on funding their own projects this year. This project, jointly funded by Maryland DNR, Chesapeake Bay Trust, and the Arundel on the Bay Property Owners Association, has already brought an increased aesthetic appeal to this part of the neighborhood while providing important functions for the Bay.

Click here to view an aerial video of the project and planting.

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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

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  • 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)....