Middle Patuxent Watershed
The Middle Patuxent Watershed is situated in the southwestern portion of Anne Arundel County. It includes the communities of Maryland Manor, Windsor Farm, Harwood Acres, Carrs Grant, Bayard, Lothian Woods, Waysons Corner, Pindell, Lyons Creek, Jewell, Traceys Landing and Greenock.
The watershed is part of Maryland’s Patuxent River basin. The Patuxent River basin drains approximately 900 square miles of land, including portions of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Charles, Howard, Prince George’s, Montgomery, and St. Mary’s Counties. Anne Arundel County's portion of the Middle Patuxent Watershed has a drainage area of approximately 22,416 acres. Major tributaries include Lyons Creek, Rock Branch, Ferry Branch, Wilson Owens Branch and Cabin Branch.
Impervious surfaces represented by roads, building footprints, parking lots and other hard surfaces cover approximately 4% (~1,172 acres) of the Middle Patuxent watershed. Major landmarks include Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary, Glendening Nature Preserve and Old South Country Club.
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.
The comprehensive watershed assessment for the Middle Patuxent watershed is currently under development. Check here periodically for updates.
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 Middle Patuxent watershed:
Scenic Rivers Land Trust
Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy