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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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Meet our team

  • Meet our team set 1
    Liz BuxtonExecutive DirectorA native of Tidewater, Virginia, Liz has more than 15 years experience leading conservation non-profit organizations and government agencies... Read More
    Jennifer Carr
    Jennifer CarrDirector, Watershed Restoration & Grants Jennifer graduated from Penn State University with a degree in Geography and a ... Read More
    Jesse Iliff
    Jesse IliffSouth RIVERKEEPERJesse Iliff is an attorney who obtained his juris doctor with a certificate of concentration in environmental law from the University of Maryland, Carey School of Law... Read More
    Denise Swol
    Denise SwolDevelopment CoordinatorDenise has her masters in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins and a bachelors from Florida State University in Geography. Her career has mostly been in the education community... Read More
  • Meet our team set 2
    Nancy Merrill SullivanCoordinator, Volunteer and Outreach ProgramNancy Merrill Sullivan is a recent transplant to the shores of the South River although she grew up as a river rat on the nearby Severn River ... Read More
    David LanierRestoration TechnicianDavid Lanier is a recent graduate from Towson University, where he earned a degree in environmental studies with a focus on policy and management ... Read More
    Francesca KingProgram AssistantFrancesca joined the federation in October 2017. She has previously worked in campaigns and environmental education... Read More
    Sarah GiordanoEnvironmental ScientisttSarah Giordano signed on as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteer after graduating from Washington College ... Read More
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    Shayna KellerChesapeake Conservation Corps MemberShayna Keller graduated from Coastal Carolina University in 2017, where she earned a degree in marine science ... Read More

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