The Conservancy is on a roll! Join us... get involved in the projects described below and do some good for the beautiful Creek that runs through the heart of Annapolis... and have a good time too.
Spa Creek Headwaters Restoration Project
Tuesday, Sept. 29
Roger "Pip" Moyer Community Recreation Center
273 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis
This meeting is to discuss the Stormwater Retrofitting and Habitat Restoration project in the Spa Creek Watershed in partnership with the City of Annapolis and to give residents the opportunity to ask questions. The project's purpose is to restore the headwaters of Spa Creek from its Chinquapin Round Road industrial park origins to the tidal creek interface at Chesapeake Children’s Museum – Spa Creek Bike and Hike Trail.
The restoration work will yield many benefits to the community, Severn River and the Chesapeake Bay. The stream renewal techniques will reduce the major pollutants destroying the Bay as follows:
- Nitrogen up to 74% (888 lbs.)
- Phosphorous up to 76% (405 lbs.)
- Sediment 90%+ (101 tons)
The restored creek will also filter out toxic chemicals, hydrocarbon byproducts, and bacterial agents, improving both the human and wildlife health environment in the watershed. Floodplain and wetlands control will be more natural, effective, and efficient. To learn more follow the links below.
We Built a Stormwater Education Station at Chambers Park in Parole
intersection of Dorsey Avenue and Kirby Lane
The stormwater education station, in a well-frequented park replete with play grounds and ball courts, provides an easily grasped representation of the stormwater problem and helps the community understand what steps they can take to make a difference!
It was built on Saturday, April 4, with the help of the Midshipmen Action Group. The “Faux” house has examples of:
- A rain garden with native plants (planted last October)
- Gutter and downspout directed to a rain barrel pointed to the rain garden
- Permeable pavers
- Educational signage to inform residents how they can help prevent stormwater pollution and clean up local waterways with the use of rain barrels, rain gardens, native plants and permeable pavers
The Stormwater Education Station is to show that WE can all prevent stormwater runoff using easy techniques. To learn how, visit the Stormwater Education Station or contact us to learn how YOU can reduce polluted runoff from entering Spa Creek.
The Stormwater Education Center was dedicated on Saturday, May 2.
Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides cut the ribbon dedicating the education station with members of the Chambers family looking on along with Alderwoman Rhonda Pindell Charles, and representatives of the Midshipmen Action Group.
Funding for the Stormwater Education Station was provided by: BGE Green Grants in partnership with Alderwoman Rhonda Pindell Charles, Lon Powell, Stanford Womack, Midshipmen Action Group, and the following businesses:
Spa Creek Conservancy Members, Officers, and Volunteers Needed
Spa Creek Conservancy, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to stewardship of the Spa Creek Watershed through restoration, mitigation, preservation and education, is looking for members to participate as volunteers for environmental restoration projects, serve in leadership positions as officers or as committee chairs.
Whether you want to learn more about Spa Creek and its watershed ecology, do hands-on work to restore it, or help us in another capacity, the Spa Creek Conservancy has many opportunities to take positive action for the benefit of the Creek and the people and other living things within its watershed.
The Spa Creek Conservancy has invested over $ 5,000,000 in Spa Creek with the help of grants and many partners for work including the restoration of the headwaters stem of the Creek. We are seeking volunteers and members to assist with a wide variety of ongoing restoration projects at local schools, community street end parks, businesses, and churches.
Of course, the best way to get involved is to become a member of the Spa Creek Conservancy, but you don't have to join to help out for a day, a week, a month, or on a specific project or committee.
What goes into our storm drains from our roofs and driveways flows directly into Spa Creek–untreated–and ultimately ends up in the Chesapeake Bay. Our goal is to help Spa Creek return to a fishable, swimmable, Chesapeake Bay tributary.
Become a member or volunteer of Spa Creek Conservancy. Consider serving in leadership positions as officers or as committee chairs. For more information, contact Mel Wilkens at 410-271-5546 firstname.lastname@example.org or Amy Clements at (410) 279-5554.
One of Our Projects
Blackwall Hitch Restaurant (formerly Rockfish) Parking Lot Stormwater Retrofit
Blackwall Hitch Site: Another project by the Spa Creek Conservancy
to reduce and treat stormwater runoff before it reaches Spa Creek
You saw the improvements as they were underway at the restaurant parking lot on 6th Street, across from the elementary school. Did you know that this project includes:
- Several pervious concrete areas – in several places, following the natural geology of the property -- where the runoff historically flows
- Bioretention areas (rain gardens) – to capture, treat and allow infiltration of stormwater before it reaches the storm drain and then flows right into Spa Creek
- Conservation landscaping – removal of raised beds containing non-native, unhealthy trees and shrubs and replacement with native trees, shrubs and perennials at ground level. This will attract wildlife, reduce water usage, beautify the property and the neighborhood.
The Spa Creek Conservancy, in partnership with the owners of the former restaurant, obtained a 2010 Trust Fund grant from the State of Maryland to make these improvements that are treating and capturing stormwater, reducing pollution in Spa Creek. Many years in the making, the project is finished and already benefitting the health of Spa Creek as tt runs through the heart of Annapolis.
You can help! – The Conservancy worked on this and many other projects. Read more. Consider making a donation to keep our good work flowing!
Become Part of the Solution — Join the Spa Creek Stewardship Program
Spa Creek Conservancy Stewardship Program
There are many proven techniques and technologies that can be implemented to slow down and stop stormwater pollution of Spa Creek. By joining the Spa Creek Stewardship Program, businesses and organizations will be able to dramatically and positively influence the water quality of Spa Creek and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. The program kicked off in 2009.. Read more
Blackwall Hitch/Rockfish Restaurant Parking Lot
The Conservancy was awarded a grant to design a stormwater retrofit for the restaurant's large parking lot. The porous concrete, rain gardens, air conditioning condensate collection, rain barrels, and other features are leading us to a cleaner Spa Creek. After a long wait for permits and other paperwork, the project is complete!
Oyster Harbor Community Planting
This is outside of the Spa Creek watershed, but important to the Bay.
Construct a major Bioretention Cell/Swale – Rain Garden system. Phase 1 of
For more info: Contact Kim 410 280 0434, Norm 410 268 7911, or Mel 410 271 5546.
St. Anne's Church
The Conservancy worked with St. Anne's to obtain award of a grant to construct several features for stormwater retrofit for the Parish House on Duke of Gloucester Street. Read more.
St. Martin's Evangelical Lutheran Church and School
The Conservancy was awarded a grant to design stormwater retrofit of the church property. We, volunteers, and church members installed several stormwater features and 25 trees and over 200 plants.
St. Mary's Church
The Conservancy and church members planted eight rain gardens to treat the stormwater runoff from the church parking lot. The project won the top environmental award from Anne Arundel County in 2009. Read more.
Oyster Gardening Project
The purpose of this program is for waterfront residents and businesses to grow spat for one year and then plant them in sanctuary sites where the oysters enrich the local ecology. Read more