south river restoration

Restoration

 

The Federation, in partnership with the Twin Harbors Community, is working to restore 780 linear feet of existing bulkhead and eroding shoreline with a living shoreline along Mill Creek of the Magothy River.  This shoreline project will complement the community‚Äôs nearby 187 linear foot shoreline installed two years ago and stretch across both community and private property.  Additionally, this project will include a 4,200 square foot bioretention facility located between the parking lot and shoreline to capture runoff, as well as 0.25 acres of voluntary reforestation.  This grant request does not include the reforestation portion of the project.
 
The historic shoreline suffered erosion from both wave and (Northern) wind energy and was eventually converted into bulkhead. Now that the bulkhead is beginning to fail in some areas, the community would like to install a natural living shoreline to stabilize the shoreline and absorb wave energy that is currently rebounding back out into the creek.  Runoff from the land, coupled with wave action from the creek, which can go up and over the bulkhead during storms, has caused washouts behind portions of the bulkhead.  This project will create a stable shoreline that will work to improve water quality, reduce erosion, and create habitat where there has not been any for decades.  Through a dense native planting and use of woody debris, the Federation will work to achieve new habitat zones to support a variety of Bay flora and fauna. 
 
The Federation looks forward to working with a community dedicated to meaningful restoration on community and private property.  The community has demonstrated their commitment to improving the health of both Mill and Diving Creeks.  They have now paid for two living shorelines to be designed, with one already installed.  The first was installed with a Chesapeake Bay Trust mini grant and volunteer labor from the community.   The Federation encourages communities to take on their own restoration projects and we believe the success of Twin Harbors could be used to inspire other local communities to do the same. 
 
A grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust's Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration program has been secured to construct the first 380 feet of shoreline.  Funding for the remaining shoreline is pending with Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
 

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By Kate Fritz and Michael Hollins
February 21, 2015

There is something extraordinary happening across Central Maryland, where local governments are working hard to reduce pollution and clean up their rivers, creeks and streams. The "rain tax" is working.

While opponents deride these stormwater management fee programs, local governments are putting projects in the ground that protect communities from flooding, keep pollution out of our waterways and repair out-of-date or failing drainage and sewer infrastructure.

Baltimore and Maryland's nine largest counties have federal Clean Water Act permits that require them to reduce pollution from stormwater. This is because water running off roofs, driveways, lawns and parking lots contains pollutants like motor oil, grease, lawn chemicals and pet waste. This polluted runoff enters small ditches and local waterways, making them and their parent rivers unsafe for swimming, threatening Maryland seafood and causing localized flooding and property damage.

Prince George's County has entered into a first-of-its-kind partnership with a private-sector company to design, install and maintain the county's upgraded stormwater management system. Besides bringing new jobs to Maryland, the company has also committed to using local small and minority-owned businesses for at least 35 percent of the total project.Of course, Maryland is not taxing the rain, but local governments are assessing fees on pavement and other hard surfaces. These fees enable local governments to finance and construct the repairs and restoration projects needed to stop this pollution before it causes harm to our waterways. This important work is being done by local design and construction firms, working with communities, places of worship and other partners to get projects in the ground in ways, and at a speed, that government could not achieve alone.

In Anne Arundel County, the utility fee is spawning project implementation by watershed groups like the South River Federation in partnership with private industry to design, construct and plant restoration projects at different scales. In 2015, the federation will be submitting proposals for upward of $400,000 in projects to be implemented in our communities. The sustained and predictable nature of this fee means the South River Federation and other nonprofits can do more work and engage the private sector in a more predictable way to make these local improvements with local dollars.

The fact is that community-scale watershed restoration is a new, frontier-setting field that is bringing new jobs to Maryland companies and new employees (and residents) to Maryland from other states. Engineers, horticulturalists, landscape architects and stream biologists are all working in aggressive teams to identify and install measures that reduce our impact on our local waterways.

This should be welcome news for an administration that lists jobs as a top priority and announced that "Maryland is open for business." It certainly doesn't jibe with political rhetoric to repeal the polluted runoff legislation. These are real projects and real jobs. Our economy needs more work, not more layoffs.

In the horticultural sector alone, the interest in growing and selling native plants for restoration projects has become a booming business in Maryland. The business is growing, in no small part from the projects funded by the polluted runoff fee. If Maryland is truly "open for business," then we must not close down this growing sector of our economy.

The opening days of Maryland's General Assembly session brought an optimistic tone of bipartisanship and cooperation. All Marylanders enjoy the ecological, economic and recreation benefits that the Chesapeake Bay and our local waters provide, and we should all have a role in protecting this valuable resource. Let's drop the rain tax rhetoric and let these programs do what they do best: Spur jobs that reduce pollution.


Kate Fritz is the executive director of the South River Federation. Michael Hollins is the owner of the Envirens Inc. consulting firm and Sylva Native Nursery, both based in Baltimore County.

Copyright © 2015, Capital Gazette

 

- See the full article at: http://www.capitalgazette.com/opinion/columns/ph-ac-ce-guest-column-south-river-20150221,0,4868087.story 

It's the final countdown!  Yes, I quoted the song title by the band Europe.  With less than 12 hours to go before the end of the year, I wanted to take the time and say thank you to each and everyone of our members, donors, volunteers, board, committees, staff, who have made this past year such a success. 
As I reflect on 2014, I realize that this year brought a lot of leadership change to the Federation.  We welcomed Kate Fritz, as our new Executive Director, we thanked four Board members for more than 30 years of collective dedication to the South River, and welcomed on four new, energetic Board members.
 
In 2014, we accomplished some amazing things, including,
  • Completing five major restoration projects in the Church Creek sub-watershed alone.
  • Planting over 11,000 native trees and shrubs.
  • Engaging over 800 volunteers watershed wide.
  • Publishing the 8th Annual South River Report Card.
We continue to maintain this success and  momentum because of your support. We have approximately $3.2 million of restoration projects ready to go in the ground in 2015, and we need your support more than ever.
 
Today I ask you to consider renewing your support and join me as a member of the South River Federation. Your gift yields a 20:1 return on investment on local, state, federal, and private grant money that goes directly into scientific monitoring and restoration projects in the South River watershed.
 
From the South River Federation, we wish you a prosperous and healthy new year.  I look forward to seeing each of you in 2015!

By Kirk Mantay, Published in The Maryland Natural Resource Winter 2015

M aryland’s Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund works to accelerate Bay restoration by focusing limited financial resources on the most effective non-point source pollution control projects. Dollars for the Trust Fund are generated through Maryland’s motor fuel and rental car taxes. 

To date, through the Trust Fund, the State has invested roughly $6 million in improving water quality in the South River — $3.3 million of which has gone directly to reducing non-point source pollution in the Church Creek watershed. Such projects are wise investments for Maryland’s taxpayers, creating local jobs through State funding while improving our waterways. But how did this marriage get started and what do private sector businesses have to say about it?

Click here to read the article: http://dnr2.maryland.gov/Documents/natural_resource_magazine/2015/Winter/srf.pdf

Did you know there is a big rain garden at the Annapolis-Eastport Library?  If you didn’t, we can’t blame you.  The garden was incredibly overgrown and a bit off the beaten path.  Once we learned about the garden and found out about how badly the garden needed maintained, we knew we had to act!

Last year, a volunteer group from the National Aquarium in Baltimore came down for a day and started to clear out invasive plants.  But there was plenty more work to be done!  Thanks to a hard working crew from AARP, we were able make the rain garden look much more like, well, a garden.

Volunteers started by clearing out invasive brush from the rock-lined swale and trimming back the aggressive blackberry.  After a significant amount of brush was cleared, volunteers mulched the berm, parts of the garden, and a path around the garden.  To help keep down the invasive herbaceous layer, AARP volunteers planted dozens of native flowers, shrubs, and trees.  Over time, as the trees and shrubs grow larger, they will crowd out the invasive plants making it more and more difficult for them to grow.  Our hope is that we can create a beautiful native shrub garden over time.

The rain garden will continue to need weeding over time so if you live in the area and are interested in adopting this project, please contact Jennifer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We cannot thank AARP enough for their help and for continuing to volunteer with us every year on September 11th!  Thank you!