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Bodkin Creek Watershed

Bodkin Waterhsed

Watershed Description

The Bodkin Creek watershed is located in northern Anne Arundel County, near the confluence of the Patapsco River and the Chesapeake Bay. It includes the communities of Poplar Ridge, Bellhaven Beach, Pinehurst on the Bay, Hickory Point, Bayside Beach, Ventnor, Summerfield, Orr Acres, Saybrooke and Windermere Estates.

The watershed drains 5,034 acres of land. It has approximately 18 miles of streams and is divided into 8 sub-watersheds. These 8 sub-watersheds range in size from <1 acre to over 2,995 acres. It is bounded by the Baltimore Harbor watershed to the west and by the Chesapeake Bay to the east. Major tributaries include Back Creek, Main Creek, and Wharf Creek.

The Bodkin Creek watershed land uses are divided as follow: urban 2,730 acres (48%), agriculture 176 acres (3%), woods 2,761 acres (49%), and wetland 16 acres (<1.0%). Impervious surfaces represented by roads, building footprints, parking lots and other hard surfaces cover approximately 13% (~658 acres) of the Bodkin Creek watershed. Some of the major landmarks in the watershed include several County parks including Downs and Poplar Ridge Parks and Compasse Pointe Golf Course.

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 Bodkin Creek 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 Bodkin Creek watershed:

Anne Arundel Patapsco River Alliance
Blue Water Baltimore
Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy


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