The second week of June is Chesapeake Awareness Week! Legislation establishing Chesapeake Awareness Week was enacted in Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania in 2016. The purpose of this week is to raise awareness for citizens and businesses of how important the Chesapeake Bay is to the state and nation!
At EQR, we understand the value of the Chesapeake Bay. The goal we aim towards with our work is to preserve this national treasure and its inhabitants. We bring a specialized skillset to our projects with a focus on stream restoration, wetland restoration, bioretention, stormwater management and much more. Each of these projects, positively impacts the Chesapeake Bay through ecological restoration. Here are some we wanted to highlight this week:
Alger Park Urban Stream Restoration –EQR was contracted by the Department of Energy and Environment to restore 1,500 linear feet of stream channel within Alger Park, a seven-acre park in the Anacostia watershed in Southeast Washington, D.C., where an estimated 41% of the watershed is impervious.
Crabbs Branch Stormwater Retrofit – Even the smaller restoration projects make a difference to the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Located in a suburb of Rockville, Crabbs Branch was transformed from a flat piece of land into a series of ponds created to reduce water pollution caused by storm events. The water that is collected at Crabbs Branch flows into the streams and rivers that flow into the Bay.
Herring Run at Overlook Park – Herring Run stream in Towson, MD likely suffers from “urban stream syndrome”, a concept explained in the blog. EQR was contracted by the City of Baltimore to restore around 1,900 feet of Herring Run tributary to protect Baltimore County stream lines and create a more natural flow to the stream, in turn, creating cleaner water that flows to the bay.
Windmill Hill Living Shoreline – The City of Alexandria contracted EQR to construct a “living shoreline” at Windmill Hill Park. The aim of the project is to replace the failing bulkhead that is eroding the shoreline along the Potomac River with a living shoreline that will support diverse aquatic life and in turn, create cleaner water for the bay.
Cowhide Branch Stream Restoration – 20 years ago, a large storm water management pond located upstream of Cowhide Branch failed, which lead to the installation of a temporary dam to prevent sediment from occurring within the tidal area. Years later, the dam is being removed as part of a larger stream restoration project to restore fish passage to Cowhide Branch.
These are just some of the projects that we do year-round that help the Chesapeake Bay. Now, you can do your part! Join in on the celebrations for Chesapeake Awareness Week.
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