Rhode River Watershed
The Rhode River Watershed is situated in the southeastern portion of the County. It includes the communities of Beverly Beach, Cloverlea, Mayo, Mayo Beach, Clubhouse Estates, South River Estates, Harwood, Mill Swamp, and Java Farms.
The drainage area of the Rhode River Watershed is approximately 8,783 acres and it further divided into 14 sub-watersheds. Major tributaries include Muddy Creek, Sellman Creek and Bear Neck Creek. The Rhode River empties into the West River, which drains directly into the Chesapeake Bay.
Impervious surfaces represented by roads, building footprints, parking lots and other hard surfaces cover approximately 5% (~473 acres) of the Rhode River watershed. Major landmarks include Mayo Beach Park, Beverly Triton Beach Park, Camp Letts and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center.
Land covered with woods makes up the greatest portion of the Rhode River watershed, approximately 54%. Apart from woods, the other most significant land use/land cover categories are row crop and 2-acre residential.
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 Rhode River 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 organizations that work to protect the Rhode River watershed:
Arundel Rivers Federation
Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy