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Ellicott City - Soak It Up

The Tiber Hudson Watershed

Do you live in the Tiber Hudson watershed that drains to Historic Ellicott City?   Not sure?  No problem, just search This Map or look below.

Tiber Hudson ‎(Ellicott City)‎ watershed boundary

New Cut Branch Stream and Upland Assessment

In order to help fill data gaps from the 2013 Tiber Hudson Subwatershed Action Plan, EcoWorks staff conducted stream and neighborhood assessments in the New Cut Branch subwatershed.  The watershed boundary used in the original Plan was incorrect and did not include the New Cut subwatershed as part of the watershed-based planning effort. 

The stream assessment was conducted on 3/8-3/9/2018.  The purpose was to document baseline conditions of each stream reach, the location of impacted buffers, areas of severe bank erosion, stormwater outfall pipes, and trash & debris removal locations.  The information is summarized through a map and photos that can be found below.  Note only public lands or private lands with permission were surveyed.   Staff followed protocols established by the Center for Watershed Protection for assessing streams.

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The neighborhood assessment was conducted on 2/12-2/13/2018 following methods outlined by the Center for Watershed ProtectionA map with photos of 7 assessed neighborhoods can be found below.  Each neighborhood was assessed for its pollution severity and the restoration potential.

New Cut Neighborhood Source Assessment

Community Engagement

EcoWorks staff are working on community engagement efforts for residents and stakeholders of the Tiber Hudson watershed.  For Fall, 2018, we will host tours of our initial project installations in the watershed.  In the winter, we are planning a watershed-wide community gathering.  Stay tuned for more details!

On 7/25/2018, an initial watershed meeting was held at the Judges Bench.  Lori Lilly, EcoWorks Director, presented information including a new proposed Watershed Restoration Action Strategy to build on the Tiber Hudson Subwatershed Action Plan that she authored in 2012 when working at the Center for Watershed Protection.  Lori's presentation notes can be found HERE and the meeting minutes can be found HERE.

HEW will be hosting an Ellicott City Soak It Up Community Gathering Day on Saturday, 5/18/2019, from 1-4PM in partnership with St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Come join us and take part in the resiliency of our community and connect with others in and around our watershed. 


Ellicott City – Soak It Up

...is a community engagement campaign to encourage individual action for stormwater reduction on private property in the Tiber Hudson watershed, which drains to Historic Ellicott City. Our goal is to convert 700 acres of turf grass to native landscapes that infiltrate stormwater while providing workforce development opportunities to young adults in the READY program and to in-mates at our on-site nursery at the Dept. of Corrections.

The project will focus on the installation of small best management practices (BMPs) such as turf conversion to native vegetation, stream buffers, rain gardens and tree planting. Approximately 20-30% of Ellicott City's watershed, the Tiber Hudson watershed, has approximately 700 acres of turf grass, which has a relatively high runoff coefficient compared to other vegetation types – a long term goal with this project is to convert that relatively impermeable cover type to native vegetation such as meadow grasses, native perennials and native trees and shrubs in order to increase its permeability and overall infiltration capacity.

This is a new campaign whose need became obvious after both the 2011 and 2016 flood events. With increasing intensity and frequency of storms associated with climate change and subsequently more “top down” flooding, the need for upstream stormwater controls has become readily apparent. Watershed engagement and identifying individuals and associations that support behavior change and project implementation is essential to achieving a critical mass of support for long-term solutions. By engaging the Ellicott City watershed community in this manner, we will develop a strategically important support base that will be needed as larger flood mitigation actions are vetted and implemented.

Join THESE individuals to Soak It Up - photos are from the 7/29/2017 Ellicott City Flood Commemoration.

Technical Assistance

We are skilled in the design and construction of rain gardens, conservation landscapes, tree planting and other small best management practices. We are leading larger stream restoration projects with engineering consultant firms. We have funding to assist private landowners with stormwater management on their properties. If you are interested in a consultation for our services, please complete this form and we will contact you as soon as possible.

Plant Giveaway

To kick off the Ellicott City - Soak It Up campaign, we sponsored a Plant Giveaway to those that live and work in the Ellicott City watershed on 5/13/17 at St. Peter's Episcopal.   HEW and volunteers gave away 500 plants to 80 people as well as gave away compost and made 27 home deliveries.  Please check out this article in the Howard County Times about the Giveaway!

See some pictures of plants that were put in the ground HERE!

Information for Plant Receivers!

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