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Herring Bay Watershed

Herring Bay Watershed

Watershed Description

The Herring Bay watershed is located in southeastern Anne Arundel County. It includes the communities of Snug Harbor, Cedarhurst, Sudleys Choice, Traceys Meadows, Franklin Manor, Churchton, Deale, Masons Beach, Owings Beach, Tracys Landing, Highview, Fairview, Fairhaven, Rosehaven, and North Beach Park. The Herring Bay watershed shares political boundaries with Calvert County to the south, and its entire eastern shore is located on the mainstem of the Chesapeake Bay

The watershed encompasses 14,682 acres in drainage and contains approximately 218 miles of streams and is divided into 21 subwatersheds. These 21 subwatersheds range in size from 119 acres to over 2,401 acres. Major tributaries include Broadwater Creek, Rockhold Creek and Tracys Creek.

Impervious surfaces represented by roads, building footprints, parking lots and other hard surfaces cover approximately 6.5% (~824 acres) of the Herring Bay watershed. Major landmarks in the watershed include South County Recreation Center, Southern Recycling Center, Herrington Harbour North and Herrington Harbour South.

A majority of the land cover found within the Herring Bay watershed is classified as mixed woods (41 percent), followed by residential uses with 23 percent, and forested wetlands with 9 percent. Open space, open wetland, pasture/hay, commercial, row crops and transportation individually occupy 2 – 7 percent of the watershed. Industrial activities are less prominent in Herring Bay representing less than 1 percent of the total land use in the watershed.

Watershed Assessment

The Watershed Protection and Restoration Program utilizes a watershed based approach to restoring and protecting our waterways. Assessments are conducted on each of the 12 primary watersheds to evaluate water conditions, establish priorities and goals for improvement, and take actions designed to restore or protect water quality.

A comprehensive watershed assessment for the Herring Bay watershed has been completed. The reports include a discussion of the water quality problems and sources of pollution and strategies for improving the water quality in the watershed. Click here to read more.

Local Watershed Organizations

Successful conservation and preservation of Anne Arundel County's watersheds takes teamwork. Here is a list of various organizations that work to protect the Herring Bay watershed:

Advocates for Herring Bay
Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy


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