about south river federation
For the last seven years, the Federation has been focused restoring our most polluted waterway: Church Creek.  We are proud to say that approximately seven large-scale projects later, we are wrapping up our last major project with the Allen Apartments stream restoration this summer.
We have begun to shift our focus and strategy to our next level of priorities, by continuing to find funding for projects in Broad Creek and starting the Crab Creek Initiative.  The Crab Creek sub-watershed is located within both the City of Annapolis and in Anne Arundel County, and is ranked as our third most impaired creek in the South River. Due to the efforts of an incredible community member, we have been fundraising to raise money for Federation to start developing a plan to restore Crab Creek.  Thanks to 50+ generous donors, we have raised over $15,000 that has enabled us to get into the field to inspect and rank opportunity areas for restoration!!!  We celebrated this milestone on Sunday, May 21st at a BBQ graciously hosted by Molly and Wally Stone and the Back Creek Yacht Club.



If you are interested in contributing to this dedicated effort, you can make a donation here: Donate to the Crab Creek Initiative today!
(be sure to indicate that your donation is for the Crab Creek Initiative in the “Additional Comments” box)

Crab Creek Watershed Issues:   Crab Creek drains approximately 760 acres of uplands, wetlands, and streams, into a small tidal basin of 200 acres.

The dominant land use in Crab Creek is lawn/pasture, with overall impervious surface cover at approximately 14 %, though in some areas it is substantially higher.  

From a pollution perspective, Crab Creek mirrors the rest of the South River (data from SRF 2015 Subwatershed Report Card):
  • Water clarity (poor)
  • Nitrogen - Tidal (excellent)
  • Chloropyll-a (extremely poor)
  • SAV (extremely poor)
  • Phosphorus (extremely poor)
Yet in other ways, Crab Creek is more impaired than most other areas of the river:
  • Dissolved Oxygen-Tidal (36% attainment)
  • Nitrogen-Nontidal (59% attainment)
  • Trash (measurements TBD)
  • Only 2 of 103 septic systems use Best Available Technology (BAT)
  • No oyster growers as of 2015
No old growth forest is present in the Crab Creek watershed.   Existing mature forest is entirely old field succession, with some fields transitioning to Oak-Pine forest cover types and other fields remaining dominated by mature Red Maple-Sweetgum or Tulip-Poplar stands.
Extensive wetlands (either tidal or non-tidal) are not present in the Crab Creek watershed.  Several thousand linear feet of streams and ditches exist where pre-development wetlands likely thrived in the landscape.