south river restoration

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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

Featured Projects

  • Annapolis Harbour Center Stream and Wetland Restoration

    The Annapolis Harbour Center Stream and Wetland project will improve habitat, increase floodplain connection, and prevent bed and bank erosion. This particular project focuses on controlling flows and providing habitat at the bottom of existing outfalls, through the use of a step-pool storm...

  • 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...

  • Preserve at Broad Creek Pond and Outfall Restoration

    This project is located in the Broad Creek watershed, one of the most impaired subwatersheds of the South River.  The Preserve at Broad Creek Restoration Project corrected a failing stormwater pond and its resulting unstable outfall into an ephemeral reach of a tributary of Broad Creek known as...

Current Projects

  • Bacon Ridge Natural Area

    Background: The Bacon Ridge Natural Area (BRNA) is a County owned Natural Area in Crownsville, MD. The area consists of over 700 acres of forests, streams, and wetlands, including portions of the Crownsville State Hospital property. The Federation strongly advocated for the permanent protection of new...

  • Broad Creek Headwaters Phase II - Dept. of Health Gully, Heritage Complex Gully, & East Branch Restoration

    This restoration project will restore stability and functions to a 1000 linear foot ephemeral stormwater driven gully and a parallel 1300 linear foot ephemeral gully that flow to the East Branch of Broad Creek.

  • Bywater Stream and Wetland Restoration

    The Bywater Branch Restoration Project is located in Annapolis next to the community of Kingsport. The roughly 2,000 linear foot site is in the headwaters of Church Creek, one of the most highly urbanized sub watersheds on the South River. The project site is currently composed of multiple...

  • Camp Woodlands

    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,...

  • Edgewater Beach Septic Upgrades & Stormwater Retrofits

    The Edgewater Beach Septic and Stormwater Retrofit project is a multi-phase effort to work with a decades-old, waterfront community on the South River. We seek to comprehensively upgrade its infrastructure to help reduce negative impacts to health and water quality, improve property values, and...

  • Flat Creek Reforestation

    When landowners approached the South River Federation eager to do a multi-acre project on their property in the headwaters of the South River, we were thrilled for this unique opportunity.  The reforestation site is located entirely within the 100 year floodplain in part of the Flat Creek...

  • Killarney House & Neighbors Community BMPs

    The Killarney House & Neighbors Community BMP project, located in the Beards Creek subwatershed of the South River, will address polluted stormwater runoff traveling across five commercial and residential properties. Created forested wetlands, bioretention swales, and a reforestation buffer will be...

  • Turkey Point Living Shoreline

    The Turkey Point Property Owners Association (TPPOA) is working to ensure the protection of their treasured Island and its resources that are integral to the South River and the Chesapeake Bay. TPPOA's vision and mission is to preserve, protect and enhance the Island's unique character, culture,...

  • Warehouse Creek Stream and Wetland Restoration

    Coming Soon