Streams & Wetlands Restoration
Quiet Waters Park Caffrey Run Stream Restoration
Arundel Rivers Federation seeks to restore approximately 1,000 linear feet of stream in Caffrey Run, a tributary to Harness Creek in the South River Watershed. The project is located entirely within Quiet Waters Park, which is owned and operated by Anne Arundel County. The site was jointly identified by Federation and Park staff. The Federation will utilize a valley restoration design approach to arrest both channel and bank erosion, provide pollutant load reductions, and restore the ecological function of the stream. The total drainage area is approximately 49 acres with 7.6% impervious and 51% developed land. The project will reduce pollution loads by 148 tons/year of Total Suspended Sediment, 338 lbs/year of Total Nitrogen, and 156 lbs/year of Total Phosphorus resulting water quality benefits for Harness Creek and the South River. Given the high-visibility location within a public park that sees over half a million annual visitors a year, this project will serve as an excellent demonstration of an effective stream restoration and stormwater management practice.
This is the first major project in a long-term partnership between the Park and Federation to restore degraded streams, increase resiliency of the Park’s shorelines, and improve habitat throughout the Park. The degrading stream is near one of the most frequented areas of the Park which includes the popular ice rink, pond, pagoda and a hiking/biking trail that crosses directly over this stream. The erosion is actively threatening the structural stability of a pedestrian bridge that is part of the Park’s trail system. Bank erosion and head cuts have caused loss of bank material which is threatening the trails and sending pollution down stream. The channel is also disconnected from its floodplain throughout the project area which means a loss of habitat value and that the land is unable to soak up water as nature intends.