The health of the water is a direct result of the way that the land draining to it has been used. In the case of the South River, and other rivers throughout the region, land clearing, wetland destruction, and hardening the surface of the landscape has created a situation in which high volumes and velocities of water runoff the land and carry pollutants to the River each time that it rains. As result, most of our stream systems are broken, shedding soil from their eroding banks with every rain event, and delivering it to tidewater. Their associated wetlands have been left high and dry, having been ditched or drained as local water tables have dropped. New restoration methods attempt to re-integrate these streams to their wetlands, store water on the landscape, and heal the wellsprings of our creeks.
To learn more about one of our largest stream restorations on Church Creek (off of Aris T. Allen Blvd) read The Story of Church Creek: Chesapeake Conservation Corps Capstone Project by Sarah Giordano