Ellicott City and Woodstock, MD
October 11, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
A visit to two riparian buffer sites in Maryland!
- Sucker Branch (Ellicott City, MD) This project is located off Rogers Avenue in Ellicott City, adjacent to Our Lady Center (3301 Rogers Avenue, Ellicott City, MD 21043). The stream is an unnamed tributary to Sucker Branch, which flows into the Patapsco River. Prior to this project, the riparian area was mainly scrub-shrub growth widely impacted by invasives. Due to upstream development, the stream ran full during storms and caused erosion and flooding on private property. There was erosion along a sewer line that runs parallel to the stream near this property. The County initiated a sewer upgrade project which included this area, and a stream restoration was an additional component to stabilize the banks and provide protection to County infrastructure.
- Davis Branch (Woodstock, MD) This project is located on land owned by the Howard County Conservancy, with suburban development upstream and farm, pasture, and meadow surrounding this stretch of Davis Branch (which flows into the Patapsco River). The stream was severely eroded by historic unsustainable land management practices and upstream watershed development. The channel was over-widened and incised, and the riparian area was in moderate condition but impacted by beaver activity.
CBLP CEUs are available. Logistical details will be emailed to you prior to your field day.