south river restoration

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 the South River Federation with concerns of stormwater ponding and erosion on his and neighboring properties. The Federation identified opportunities for stormwater management, which in tandem could eliminate substantial amounts of pollution and runoff volume from reaching Beards Creek.

The Beards Creek watershed is an important area in the South River because it is a small coastal plain system on the brink of failure. Biological indicators tell us that the creek can still be saved - for now. Water quality monitoring, however, tells us that the system is in trouble. This is the Federation's third DNR funded project in this subwatershed.

The project begins with a step pool system on Killarney's back lot and continues through an ephemeral ditch on Tropic Bay Water Garden's property. Across the street, the project picks back up with pocket wetlands before continuing in a step-pool style road-side bio-swale. Once planted with a wide variety of native plants, this site will provide new and enhanced habitat for native fauna and pollinators. With easy access for the public behind Killarney House, this is a project that can be enjoyed by our community for years to come.

Together, these projects will serve an important community-scale stormwater demonstration role. Like many existing small businesses, Killarney House must rely entirely on stormwater retrofits to minimize its pollution impacts to the South River.

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