Welcome to the WRAS documents page!

The icon links found in the table below will take you to both the final Watershed Restoration Action Strategies (WRAS) and their associated supporting documents. Local governments receiving WRAS Partnership Awards developed the Watershed Restoration Action Strategies. The associated supporting documents, including the Characterization, Synoptic Survey, and Stream Corridor Assessment, were developed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) during the assessment phase of WRAS development.

DNR provides technical and assessment services to local governments in order to assess the attributes of a watershed's landscape and streams. The services provided by DNR are summarized in the brief descriptions below. A more detailed description of each of these services can be found at DNR's Technical Watershed Assessment Services.
  • The Watershed Characterization Report, produced by DNR, is a summary of all, readily available, natural resources and other data for a given watershed. Typically this is data that the State of Maryland has at a broad-based, state scale, but the Characterization Report can include local data as well. The Characterization Report includes information on water quality, land use and cover, living resources, and habitat. For more information on the Watershed Characterization Report, please contact Ken Shanks at DNR at 410-260-8786 or kshanks@dnr.state.md.us. Click on the icons below to access the documents.

  • The Synoptic Survey Report, produced by DNR, is a water chemistry analysis (nutrients, temperature, conductivity, pH), and a biological survey (macro invertebrates, fishes, habitat) on between 30 and 80 sites along stream corridors in the watershed. Local governments and DNR collaboratively choose the sites that DNR will sample. Please contact Niles Primrose at 410-260-8804 or nprimrose@dnr.state.md.us for more information. Click on the icons below to access the documents.


  • The Stream Corridor Assessment Report, produced by DNR, summarizes results from a 100-mile stream corridor assessment survey using DNR's Stream Corridor Assessment Methodology (2.5 MB pdf file - requires Adobe Reader which can be downloaded free from http://www.adobe.com). The local government chooses the streams that they want DNR to walk and assess for such problems as pipe outfalls, erosion sites, lack of buffers, fish passage blockages, sewer outfalls, or unusual conditions. Each site is rated for accessibility, severity, and correctability. Local governments are given the geographically referenced information on compact disc. Reports accessed below are only summaries of the geographically referenced data. If you would like more information please contact Ken Yetman at 410-260-8812 or kyetman@dnr.state.md.us. Click on the icons below to access the documents.


  • The Watershed Restoration Action Strategy is written by local governments. It is developed by considering the above technical assessment information plus local knowledge from stakeholder involvement. The final strategy or WRAS is the plan that can then be "shopped around" to secure funding for project implementation. The strategy includes:

    • a well-stated, overarching goal aimed at protecting, preserving, and restoring habitat and water quality
    • a description of the stakeholder process
    • opportunities, concerns, and challenges
    • a very detailed, prioritized, description of natural resource management objectives

    Click on the icons below to access the documents.
The documents are presented alphabetically by watershed. If you would like more information about each of the technical documents please see DNR's Technical Watershed Assessment Services. If you would like more information from DNR's WRAS coordinators, the local government contacts involved in developing these WRASs, or report authors, please contact us.

Note: (Documents are in PDF format and require Adobe Reader which can be downloaded free from http://www.adobe.com)

  Watershed      Characterization     
Stream
Corridor
 Assessment 

 
  Synoptic
Survey
   
Watershed
 Restoration 
Action
Strategy
 
Anacostia River
Prince George's County
2004
   
Anacostia River Characterization Cover Page Image
 
 
Anacostia River Stream Corridor Assessment Cover Page Image
 
 
Anacostia River Synoptic Survey
Cover Page Image
0.5 MB
In
Development
 
Assawoman Bay
Worcester County
2005
   
Assawoman Bay Characterization Cover Page Image
 
 
Assawoman Bay Stream Corridor Assessment Cover Page Image
 
 
Assawoman Bay Synoptic Survey
Cover Page Image
0.4 MB
In
Development
 
Breton Bay
St. Mary's County
2002
   
Breton Bay Characterization Cover Page Image
 
 
Breton Bay Stream Corridor Assessment Cover Page Image
 
 
Breton Bay Synoptic Survey Cover Page Image
1.1 MB
Breton Bay Strategy Cover Page Image
 
Bush River
Harford County
2002
   
Bush River Characterization Cover Page Image
 
Included
In Strategy
 
Bush River Synoptic Survey Cover Page Image
2.1 MB
 
Bush River Strategy Cover Page Image
 
 
Chincoteague Bay
Worcester County
2004
   
Chincoteague Bay Watershed Characterization Cover Page Image
 
 
Chincoteague Bay Stream Corridor Assessment Cover Page Image
 
 
Chincoteague Bay Synoptic Survey
Cover Page Image
0.6 MB
In
Development
 
Corsica River
Town of Centreville
2003
   
Corsica River Characterization Cover Page Image
 
 
Corsica River Stream Corridor Assessment Cover Page Image
2.1 MB
 
Corsica River Synoptic Survey Cover Page Image
0.9 MB
 
Corsica River Strategy Cover Page Image
4.7 MB
 
Deer Creek
Harford County
2005
   
Deer Creek Characterization Cover Page Image
 
 
Deer Creek Stream Corridor Assessment Cover Page Image
 
 
Deer Creek Synoptic Survey Cover Page Image
0.9 MB
 
Deer Creek Strategy Cover Page Image
 
 
George's Creek
Allegany County
2002
   
Georges Creek Characterization Cover Page Image
1.4 MB
 
Georges Creek Stream Corridor Assessment Cover Page Image
 
Not
Conducted
 
Georges Creek Strategy Cover Page Image
0.9 MB
 
Isle of Wight Bay
Worcester County
2001
   
Isle of Wight Bay Characterization Cover Page Image
1.5 MB
 
Isle of Wight Bay Stream Corridor Assessment Cover Page Image
 
 
Isle of Wight Synoptic Survey Cover Page Image
1.1 MB
 
Isle of Wight Bay Strategy Cover Page Image
 
 
Liberty Reservoir
Carroll County
2002
   
Liberty Reservoir Characterization Cover Page Image
 
 
Liberty Reservoir Stream Corridor Assessment Cover Page Image
 
 
Liberty Reservoir Synoptic Survey Cover Page Image
0.8 MB
 
Liberty Reservoir Strategy Cover Page Image
1.7 MB
 
Little Patuxent River
Howard County
2001
   
Little Patuxent River Characterization Cover Page Image
1.5 MB
 
Little Patuxent Stream Corridor Assessment Cover Page Image
 
 
Little Patuxent River Synoptic Survey Cover Page Image
1.9 MB
 
Little Patuxent River Strategy Cover Page Image
1.3 MB
 
Lower Monocacy River
Frederick County
2003
   
Lower Monocacy River Characterization Cover Page Image
 
 
Lower Monocacy Stream Corridor Assessment Cover Page Image
 
 
Lower Monocacy River Synoptic Survey Cover Page Image
2.0 MB
 
Lower Monocacy River Strategy Cover Page Image
 
 
Lower Patuxent River
Calvert County
2003
   
Lower Patuxent River in Calvert County Characterization Cover Page Image
 
 
Lower Patuxent Stream Corridor Assessment Cover Page Image
 
 
Lower Patuxent River in Calvert County Synoptic Survey Cover Page Image
0.9 MB
 
Lower Patuxent River in Calvert County Strategy Cover Page Image
2.5 MB
 
Manokin River
Somerset County
2001
   
Manokin River Characterization Cover Page Image
1.5 MB
 
Manokin Stream Corridor Assessment Cover Page Image
 
Not
Conducted
 
Manokin River Strategy Cover Page Image
0.6 MB
 
Middle Chester River
Kent County
2001
   
Middle Chester River Characterization Cover Page Image
1.3 MB
 
Middle Chester River Stream Corridor Assessment Cover Page Image
 
 
Middle Chester River Synoptic Survey Cover Page Image
0.9 MB
 
Middle Chester River Strategy Cover Page Image
0.8 MB
 
Miles River
Talbot County
2005
   
Miles River Characterization Cover Page Image
 
 
Miles River Stream Corridor Assessment Cover Page Image
 
 
Miles River Synoptic Survey Cover Page Image
0.6 MB
In
Development
 
Newport Bay and Sinepuxent Bay
Worcester County
2003
   
Newport Bay and Sinepuxent Bay Watersheds Characterization Cover Page Image
 
 
Newport and Sinepuxent Bays Stream Corridor Assessment Cover Page Image
 
 
Newport Bay and Sinepuxent Bay Synoptic Survey Cover Page Image
1.3 MB
In
Development
 
Patapsco River Lower North Branch
Howard County
2004
   
Patapsco River Lower North Branch Watershed Characterization Cover Page Image
 
 
Deep Run and Patapsco River Stream Corridor Assessment Cover Page Image
 
 
Patapsco River Synoptic Survey
Cover Page Image
0.4 MB
 
Lower Patapsco River Strategy
Cover Page Image
1.3 MB
 
Port Tobacco River
Charles County
2005
   
Port Tobacco River Lower North Branch Watershed Characterization Cover Page Image
 
 
Port Tobacco River Stream Corridor Assessment Cover Page Image
 
 
Port Tobacco River Synoptic Survey
Cover Page Image
0.6 MB
 
Port Tobacco River Strategy
Cover Page Image
2.0 MB
 
Prettyboy Reservoir
Baltimore County
2005
  In
Development
 
Prettyboy Reservoir Stream Corridor Assessment Cover
Page Image
 
 
Prettyboy Reservoir Synoptic Survey
Cover Page Image
0.7 MB
In
Development
 
Upper Chester River
Kent/Queen Anne's Counties
2004
   
Upper Chester River Characterization Cover Page Image
 
 
Upper Chester River Stream Corridor Assessment Cover Page Image
 
 
Upper Chester River Synoptic Survey
Cover Page Image
0.8 MB
In
Development
 
Upper Choptank River
Talbot/Caroline Counties
2002
   
Upper Choptank River Characterization Cover Page Image
 
Not
Conducted
 
Upper Choptank Watershed Synoptic Survey Cover Page Image
 
 
Upper Choptank River Strategy Cover Page Image
0.2 MB
 
Upper Monocacy River
Frederick County
2004
   
Upper Monocacy River Characterization Cover Page Image
 
 
Upper Monocacy River Stream Corridor Assessment Cover Page Image
 
 
Upper Monocacy River Synoptic Survey
Cover Page Image
0.8 MB
 
Upper Monocacy River Strategy Cover Page Image
 
 
Upper Patuxent River
Anne Arundel/ Prince George's Counties
2002
   
Upper Patuxent River Characterization Cover Page Image
 
 
Upper Patuxent River Stream Corridor Assessment Cover Page Image
 
 
Upper Patuxent River Synoptic Survey Cover Page Image
1.6 MB
 
Upper Patuxent River Strategy Cover Page Image
 
 
Western Branch
Prince George's County
& City of Bowie

2003
   
Western Branch Characterization Cover Page Image
 
 
Western Branch Stream Corridor Assessment Cover Page Image
 
 
Western Branch Synoptic Survey Cover Page Image
0.8 MB
 
Western Branch Strategy Cover Page Image
 


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Updated on November 16, 2007