The Poplar Point community was developed in the 1990s, in accordance with stormwater regulations of the time. Those regulations required the stable conveyance – but not treatment, detention, or infiltration – of stormwater flows within the neighborhood. At the end of many of the community’s cul de sacs, county drainage easements exist to provide this conveyance. Unfortunately, in many cases, hurricanes and other large storms have caused a gradual degradation of the stable conveyance, leading to the creation of gullies that provide poor habitat while transporting fine sediments into the tidal reach of Church Creek – fouling channels as well as mooring areas.
Church Creek Lane Restoration Project:
Along Church Creek Lane, a 20-foot deep gully conveyed significant amounts of polluted stormwater runoff from Maryland Route 2 and parts of the neighborhood. The gully, which intersects 9 private properties, was once a functional ephemeral stream and forested wetland complex that provided high-quality habitat for fish and wildlife species but had become degraded over the years. The Federation first discussed the restoration of this site with the community in 2008. In 2012, the Federation received a Watershed Assistance Grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust to design this project, and soon after, received an Implementation Grant from Maryland DNR to secure permits for the project and construct it. Construction began in March 2014 and was completed by June 2014 turning it back into a functional ephemeral stream and forested wetland complex.
Poplar Point Step Pools:
In 2012, at the end of Poplar Point Road, the Federation worked with landowners and the community to install a series of check dams, geotextile base, and a cobble run to slow stormwater flows, aid infiltration, stabilize the eroding gully, and collect pollution from upslope. This critical stormwater retrofit has limited habitat benefit itself, but has succeeded in allowing tidal marsh conditions to improve downslope since its construction.
Church Creek Lane Bioretention:
In 2015, Maryland DNR funded a 5,000 square foot bioretention project at the upstream limit of our Church Creek Lane Stream/Wetland project. This large residential bioretention project creates a striking landscape feature for the landowners and features large numbers of pollinator-friendly plants. The project, designed by SRF staff and constructed by Resource Restoration Group, LLC demonstrates SRF’s priority to “connect” upland and wetland BMPs in high priority drainages.