The Spa Creek Conservancy is an all-volunteer watershed organization committed to restoring Spa Creek through education, preservation, mitigation, and restoration. Our vision is to be a model organization for restoring and protecting an urban watershed.
The Conservancy has implemented projects at businesses, churches, schools, communities, street-end parks and in the Creek itself with more than $7.5 million in grants from federal, state, local and watershed funders.
Spa Creek’s headwaters extend from Chinquapin Round Road to the walking bridge from the Chesapeake Children’s Museum on Silopanna Road to the Spa Creek Trail behind Bates Middle School. g
The $2.8 million we were awarded through the State’s Chesapeake & Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund will restore the headwaters to its historical floodplain state – changing the flow of the neighborhood and commercial stormwaters from their current direct chute system to a gentle undulating stream-like waterway.
What’s happening now? Removal of the phragmites from the Creek to make way for native grasses that will be planted next year to provide habitat for more Creek critters and SAVs (submerged aquatic vegetation).
We took several community groups on "before" hikes of the Creek headwaters and hope to take those same folks – and more – on "after" hikes next year.
The Conservancy has begun its second year of volunteer water quality testing under the supervision of Anne Arundel Community College and the results we post each week have brought renewed interest in the viability of Spa Creek’s health. Our goal is to have better water quality results after the headwaters work than before – a sure sign that our projects are doing their job.
In September we will celebrate Spa Creek with our second annual PaddleFEST fundraiser, a day of human-powered paddling on the Creek, to highlight the work we do on the Creek from a different perspective. PaddleFEST has introduced a new and younger population to the need for watershed groups like Spa Creek Conservancy to make the Creek healthy for them and for future generations.