Assawoman Bay Stream
Corridor Assessment Survey
In 1998, the Maryland Clean Water Action Plan identified the Assawoman Bay
watershed as one of the State’s water bodies that did not meet water quality requirements.
In response to this finding, the Maryland Department of Environment (MDE) and Worcester County
formed a partnership to develop a Watershed Restoration Action Strategy (WRAS) for the Assawoman
Bay watershed. The following Stream Corridor Assessment (SCA) survey is part of the WRAS
The SCA survey provides descriptive and positional data for potential environmental problems
along a watershed’s non-tidal stream network. Developed by DNR’s Watershed Services, the
survey is a watershed management tool to identify environmental problems and help prioritize
restoration opportunities on a watershed basis. As part of the survey, specially trained personnel
walk a watershed’s streams and record data and the location for several environmental problems
that can be easily observed within the stream corridor. Each potential problem site is ranked on a
scale of one to five for its severity, correctability, and access for restoration work.
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