West River Watershed
The West River Watershed is situated in the southeastern portion of the County. It includes the communities of Cumberstone, Owensville, Galesville, Beverly Beach, Sudely, West River, Chalk Point, Cedarlea, Avalon Shores, Shady Side, Idlewilde and Oakland.
The drainage area of the West River Watershed is approximately 7,809 acres. It is divided into 13 sub-watersheds. Major tributaries include South Creek, Lerch Creek, Tenthouse Creek, Popham Creek, Scaffold Creek, Cheston Creek, Smith Creek and Johns 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 6% (~492 acres) of the West River watershed.
Land covered with woods makes up the greatest portion of the West River watershed, approximately 44%. 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 West 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.
Successful conservation and preservation of Anne Arundel County's watersheds takes teamwork. Here is a list of organizations that work to protect the West River watershed:
Arundel Rivers Federation
Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy