CA Stream Restoration Project Update

Columbia Association Watershed Manager John McCoy and representatives from Wetland Studies and Solutions Inc. joined the Long Reach Village Board at its regularly scheduled virtual Board meeting on October 5 to discuss the upcoming stream restoration project. Links to the two slide presentations are below:

Columbia Association Presentation and Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc. Presentation

The project will ultimately stretch from High Tor Hill to the head of Lake Elkhorn and includes large portions of stream valleys in Long Reach such as the portion of the stream above Jackson Pond. This will reduce the amount of sediment being washed into Lake Elkhorn from badly eroding stream banks and protect residents’ homes that are threatened by stream bank erosion.

CA will join WSSI for a presentation at Stonehouse (6110 Foreland Garth) on Tuesday, November 2 from 6pm to 8:30pm. You can also attend this meeting virtually via Zoom. For that link and credentials, email John.McCoy@columbiaassociation.org.

During this meeting, representatives will outline the details of this project, the timeline and the benefit to the community. There will be time allotted for Q&A as well. For information about stream restoration, including additional information about the meeting, visit ColumbiaAssociation.org.

In addition, The Wetlands and Waterways Program of the Water and Science Administration in the Maryland Department of the Environment (Department) has scheduled a virtual public informational hearing for the above referenced project on December 8, 2021 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm. This hearing is being held in response to requests by interested persons and will allow the Department to gather information and hear testimony to assist in our determination regarding an application for the Mitigation Bank and the Nontidal​ Wetlands and Waterways Permit. Click here for more information. To register for the event, visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1421406169928775948.