A mild February day proved perfect for a hike to the headwaters of Spa Creek. We started at the Weems-Whalen parking lot off of Spa Road, followed the creek through a wooded swamp all the way to Chinquapin Round Road and then walked back via paved paths. We saw evidence of beaver, deer, skunk cabbage, several stands of Bald Cypress trees and unfortunately lots of trash. Check out the map for the actual route and photos taken at points of interest.
Spa Creek Conservancy - Home
Have you ever wondered where Spa Creek begins? How far does it wander through the city of Annapolis? On Monday, February 20 at 10:00 AM, Spa Creek Conservancy and Stuart Lehman (the Conservancy's first Steward of the Creek) will lead a walk along the headwaters of Spa Creek. Stuart is an enthusiastic and energetic naturalist.
We will meet at the Weems Whalen parking lot, 935 Spa Road, behind Bates Middle School and begin the tour there. Winter is a great opportunity to see the origins of Spa Creek before the foliage makes walking impossible. We will walk the headwaters, right along the creek, beginning near the walking bridge behind Bates and heading to the Creek's start at Lincoln Drive off of Chinquapin Round Road.
Wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather. We will do the tour rain(snow) or shine and will have hot chocolate for all when we return to Bates parking lot.
Important Community Stormwater Meeting - January 17, 2017
The public is invited to attend a presentation about the new Annapolis Watershed Improvement Plan, as well as upcoming permit requirements, and analysis of the cost for permit compliance.
The City of Annapolis has to to meet the water quality and load reduction requirements of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit, and Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL). The EPA expects practices in place by 2017 to meet 60 percent of the necessary reductions. The TMDL is designed to ensure that all pollution control measures needed to fully restore the Bay and its tidal rivers are in place by 2025.