The Chesapeake Bay Trust awarded the Spa Creek Conservancy a $24,449 grant for a shoreline restoration project at the Amos Garrett Park in the Murray Hill section of Annapolis. The Amos Garrett Park shoreline restoration project is a Spa Creek Conservancy joint venture with Maryland Department of Natural Resources, City of Annapolis (Annapolis Environmental Commission), Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF), Murray Hill Residents Association, and the Ward One Residents Association.
The Amos Garrett Park is an end of the street pocket urban park whose shoreline has severely deteriorated over the years. The park is subject to extensive erosion from lack of vegetation, poor soils, boat wake energy, storm water runoff and storm drain design.
The park grounds have compacted to such a state as to represent an impervious surface. The project team goals are to restore the shoreline, create wildlife habitat, and rehabilitate portions of the park grounds with native plantings. The major project benefits will be improved quality of the water entering Spa Creek and the Chesapeake Bay and habitat restoration of important Chesapeake Bay living resources in Spa Creek.
The Spa Creek Conservancy and its partners hope that this project will serve as a model to others along the creek and in the watershed, demonstrating the benefits of using natural vegetation as a shoreline stabilizer.
The positive impacts of this project will include; reducing runoff, stabilizing erosion, creating habitat, and creating an aesthetically pleasing ecosystem. Further benefits to be expected are pollutant and nutrient filtering, as well as, community education.
Since the location of this project is on public property, it will provide the partners with a unique opportunity to highlight environmentally sound land use practices to other municipalities, communities and homeowners dealing with urban streams.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, as the technical leader of the project, held a Demonstration Day on Saturday, July 24, 2004, during the actual restoration process. Coconut fiber Biolog installations and vegetation planting techniques were demonstrated by scientists and "hands on" volunteers.
Local community groups bordering the creek and individual waterfront homeowners are invited to see how the project is being implemented. Literature is available to interested parties on the installation techniques, permit processes, and sources of vegetation, as follows:
- Bay-friendly Resource List for Shorelines
- City Planning Office contacts
- Native plants for shorelines
- Permit process for shorelines
- Planting zone detail
- Wetlands permit process flow chart
- Cost estimating