south river 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 restoration techniques. The goal of this larger subwatershed restoration effort is to take the necessary steps to repair the other tributaries to Church Creek, using similar restoration methods as well as pond retrofits, upland bioretention practices, and living shoreline techniques to create a model sub-watershed restoration, and evaluate the impact of such cumulative work on the South River.

The Church Creek Headwaters Restoration Project is located just north of Route 665 (Aris T. Allen Boulevard) in Annapolis on a parcel that includes several acres of floodplain and steep slopes. The site represents the confluence of two major non-tidal tributaries to Church Creek, the most highly urbanized subwatershed of the South River. Currently, these tributaries are incised into a floodplain composed of over ten feet of aggraded legacy sediments that are exported to tidewater under storm flows through the rapidly eroding (widening) ditch channels. This project created several acres of stream and wetland habitat by raising the invert of the existing ditch channel in multiple locations and inundating or saturating the floodplain.

Anne Arundel County's Phase II WIP listed this site as moderately degraded and a high priority for restoration.  It is listed in our 2008 Watershed Restoration Plan as one of 30 high and medium priority restoration projects. 

2015 BUBBA First Place Award Winner for Best Habitat Creation

To see our Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteers capstone project analyzing the preliminary results of the project, view: Project Analysis.

                                                            

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Photos of Church Creek Before and During Construction

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Photos of Church Creek After Construction

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Photos of the Fauna that Call Church Creek Home

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Featured Projects

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  • 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...

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Current Projects

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  • 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