Watershed Restoration (WR) uses state-of-the-art techniques to reduce sediment, nutrients and pollution to the County’s streams and waterways. WR's goal is to protect, enhance and restore the water resources of Baltimore County. The program structure is based on the County’s 14 major watersheds in order to provide a comprehensive framework of protection and restoration of the County’s natural resources.
This is the Spring Branch stream
restoration project just after completion.
Projects are prioritized in part based on opportunities identified in watershed management plans. Project funding is supported primarily by County General Obligation Bonds and supplemented by State grant funds from the Maryland Departments of the Environment and Natural Resources and with grants from the Chesapeake Bay Trust.
Stream Restoration and Stabilization integrates Natural Channel Design Techniques to enhance ecological function of Baltimore County’s streams and rivers.
The presentation (PDF) for the Scotts Level Branch at McDonogh Road Water Quality Retrofit and Stream Restoration Project was recently given to local residents in the Randallstown community. The project is slated for construction this winter.
WR identifies and implements Stormwater Retrofit Projects to address unmanaged runoff from precipitation in order to improve water quality.
Shoreline Protection and Enhancement
WR uses hard (rock jetties and breakwaters) and soft (biologs and vegetation) engineering techniques to reduce erosion and improve ecological function along Baltimore County’s tidal waterways. WR has constructed many Living Shorelines to improve water quality.
Waterway and Stream Complaint Investigation
WR maintains a database with all County residents' waterway and stream complaints, including problems with erosion, blockages and debris.
Waterway Dredging Program
The Waterway Dredging Program maintains navigable passage for Baltimore County's recreational boaters.
This shoreline stabilization project uses
breakwater structures as well as
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Program
Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) is monitored and documented annually as an indicator of the water quality in Baltimore County’s tidal waterways.