Upper Patuxent
Stream Corridor
Assessment Survey

The first step in developing a Restoration Action Strategy for the Upper Patuxent Watershed is to do an overall assessment of the condition of the watershed and the streams within it. This initial step is being accomplished using two approaches. First, a watershed characterization is done to compile and analyze existing water quality, land use, and living resources data about the Upper Patuxent Watershed. While the watershed characterization provides good overall information on environmental conditions within the Upper Patuxent Watershed, for the most part, information on the location of specific environmental problems is limited. To provide specific information on the location of environmental problems and restoration opportunities, a synoptic water quality survey and a Stream Corridor Assessment (SCA) survey of the Upper Patuxent Watershed were also done. The synoptic survey was done in the spring of 2002 and results of the survey can be found at http://www.dnr.state.md.us/watersheds/surf/proj/wras.html.

The Stream Corridor Assessment survey is a survey that has been developed by DNR’s Watershed Restoration Division as a watershed management tool to identify environmental problems and helps prioritize restoration opportunities on a watershed basis. As part of the survey, specially trained personnel walk the selected sub-watersheds of the Upper Patuxent stream network and record information on a variety of environmental problems that can be easily observed within the stream corridor. The survey area was in both Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties. Field surveys in Anne Arundel County were done from April through August 2002. Field surveys in Prince George’s County were done from November through December 2002. Each county’s result will have a separate report.

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Updated on July 2, 2003