Camp Woodlands, located along Broad Creek, is owned by the Girl Scouts Council of Maryland. Data collected by the Federation demonstrates that Broad Creek is one of the two most highly impaired tributaries to the South River.
Camp Woodlands Gully Stabilization
Due to excessive runoff volumes from Riva Road, a thirteen foot deep ephemeral gully has cut through the northern portion of the forest on the Camp Woodlands property. Continual rapid erosion is depositing extremely large volumes of sediment in the tidal section of Broad Creek. In 2015, the Federation was awarded an Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration Grant through the Chesapeake Bay Trust to install 190 linear feet (4550 square feet) of roadside bioretention. Restoration on this “upper” gully was completed in late 2015.
In 2020, the Federation will be teaming up with the Watershed Protection and Restoration Program to restore the final 1,300 feet of the channel!
Stormwater Best Management Practices Projects
Throughout 2012 – 2014, the Federation identified multiple top-of-watershed practices including bioretention, ditch plugs, rain gardens, sediment basins, and rain barrels to alleviate upland stormwater flows into Broad Creek. A hybrid rain garden and bioretention area were installed in front of the Camp’s Point of View cabin. The rain garden and bioretention area collect stormwater runoff from the roof. Tandem rain barrels help direct the flow of water from the downspouts into the bioretention area. The plants help to take up nutrients in the stormwater and create new habitat and food for native fauna.
Installed by Girl Scouts volunteers, a rock berm sediment basin across the road from Point of View slows the flow of stormwater, collects sediment, and prevents further erosion through velocity reduction. Why is it here? During heavy rain events, large amounts of water flowed from the road and the area behind the Point of View lodge. The stormwater was causing erosion of the site and a slope headcut had formed.
In 2014, we teamed up with a Girl Scout Gold Award candidate to address another erosion problem onsite. Near the entrance to Camp Woodlands, there were two eroded man-made ditches. Using some girl power from local Girl Scout Troops, we built a series of ditch plug-style check dams in the upland ditches to slow the flow of stormwater and potentially create wetland hydrology in the forest through soil infiltration. The Girl Scouts raised funds and installed roughly 40 native plants in the area to add greater diversity to the understory.
Later in 2014, the Federation teamed up with Crosby Marketing to construct a stormwater wetland at the entrance of the camp. This hand dug wetland captures runoff from the entrance of the camp preventing it from traveling down the Camp’s dirt road and carrying sediment into the river.
Approximately 500 linear feet of eroding shoreline was transformed into a stable slope and living shoreline in early 2014.