The health of the water is a direct reflection of the way that the land draining to it has been used. In the case of our three rivers, and other rivers throughout the region, land clearing, wetland destruction, and hardening the surface of the landscape has created a situation in which high volumes and velocities of water runoff the land and carry pollutants to the rivers each time it rains. As a result, most of our stream systems are broken, shedding soil from their eroding banks with every rain event, and delivering it to tidewater. Their associated wetlands have been left high and dry, having been ditched or drained as local water tables have dropped. New restoration methods attempt to re-integrate these streams to their wetlands, store water on the landscape, and heal the wellsprings of our creeks.
More to come. Thanks for your patience as we work through the transition.
You can browse the many stream restorations and other projects managed by the Federation that are recorded in our data map by clicking on the image below. (After the full map opens, look to the right side and click “Creeks,” “Stations,” or “Projects” to facilitate your search.)
To dig deeper, read the featured articles listed toward the bottom of this page.