Phase 2 at YMCA Camp Letts has been planted!
We've been working with our partners at YMCA Camp Letts, Anne Arundel County's Soil Conservation District and Arlington Echo to stabilize the horse pasture at the camp and treat run off flowing off the fields. On April 1st students from Southern Middle School were lead by the stellar staff at Arlington Echo to plant native trees on over 2 acres of currently eroding land. In May contractors will install a new Horse Heavy Use Area to ensure the remaining paddock areas do not continue to erode. The newly planted trees will stabilize the soil and filter some of the runoff from the new heavy use area. The remaining runoff will enter the constructed wetland and be treated to ensure that all water entering the Rhode River is as clean as possible. Then this fall more students from local schools will visit the camp and plant the remaining 2 acres of pasture.
This project could not be possible without grants from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and cost share assistance from the Maryland Department of Agriculture.
Two New Living Shorelines Coming to the West and Rhode Rivers this Spring!
The shores of the West and Rhode Rivers will have two new living shorelines gracing the landscape this spring. . Popham Creek in the West River and Bear Neck Creek in the Rhode River will soon have over 600 linear feet of bank stabilized by these projects! The projects will increase the amount of marsh within our rivers which will filter water and provide habitat for juvenile crabs and terrapins. Keep an eye out for pictures and more details in future blogs!
These projects are possible thanks to grants from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and some very dedicated homeowners.
The stream restoration project in Harwood is moving along as planned.
We've met with BGE and gotten their final approval to finalize the design for our stream restoration project in their transmission line right-of-way. We'll be submitting the project for permits and construction should begin by early next year. This may seem to be a long time away but this is a crucial step in the right direction. We're excited to see the project move forward and look forward to continue to work with BGE and Maryland DNR to ensure the project gets completed effectively.
Avalon Shores to get a stormwater makeover.
We've started working with our engineer to design a stream restoration/ stormwater retrofit project in Avalon Shores. The engineer has surveyed the site and is compiling the data so that we can find the most effective way to reduce pollution flowing from the surrounding roads and neighborhood. We are also looking forward to working with members of the community to increase best management practices on individual properties.
Oysters have had a rough winter but they should cheer up this spring.
It's been a rough winter for us but hopefully your oysters are still happy in their underwater homes. Oysters can survive being frozen solid underwater but can not tolerate freezing air. However, ice in the rivers could have cut the ropes holding up your oyster cages. If this happened be sure to try and retrieve the cages from the bottom so that the oysters don't get smothered in bottom sediment.
Keep an eye out for details on oyster collection this June so that the oysters can be placed on their sanctuary. We are also looking to grow the program next year, so be sure to let your neighbors know about the program so they can get their own oysters.
Rain Barrels are a great addition to any home!
Time to reconnect your rain barrels to capture the spring rains.
If you don't have a rain barrel you can make one or buy one from Arlington Echo.