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Demystifying Dredging Article

February 4, 2014
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Demystifying Dredging Article

BayLand Consultants & Designers, Inc. was featured in an article, Demystifying Dredging by Lisa A. Lewis in What’s Up Annapolis magazine. Keith D. Tate, P.E., President of BayLand, spoke to recreational boating being an important component of Anne Arundel County’s social, cultural, historic and economic fiber. BayLand is excited to be featured in the February 2014 article as we continue to provide the full breadth of services for dredging, navigation and waterway restoration.

Foster Branch Sediment Abatement Study

January 23, 2013

“The report looks fantastic… it was difficult to pull together with the added goal for sediment reductions but it works really well as written.”  ~ Christine Buckley, Harford County DPW ~

 Harford County Department of Public Works (DPW) hired BayLand to conduct a sediment abatement study which included significant field observations and measurements to identify and calculate sediment loadings to the stream’s tidal outfall.  The work included identifying opportunities to implement retrofits, developing and designing concepts and cost estimates, calculating pollutant load reductions of proposed retrofits and preparing a Small Watershed Action Plan to be submitted to Environmental Protection Agency for approval.  The purpose of the study was to prepare a strategic plan to reduce sedimentation to Foster Branch to minimize the amount of dredging and tidal water impacts while providing an action plan for improving the overall watershed water quality and habitat value.  For more details, click here.

Boats listing in the channel.

Boats listing in the channel.

The North Branch of Cypress Creek Stream Restoration Project

October 15, 2012

Designed by:  BayLand Consultants & Designers, Inc. in collaboration with our subconsultants, Clear Creeks Consulting, LLC and Underwood & Associates, Inc.

Constructed by:  HGS, LLC d/b/a Angler Environmental

Sponsored by:  Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works, Maryland State Highway Administration and Maryland Department of the Environment

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Project Features:

  • restores 2,700 feet of severely degraded stream channel
  • restores and treats stormwater along nearly 1,000 feet of tributary drainages
  • provides 5.3 acre-feet of successive pooling areas to treat stormwater runoff from the watershed (60 acres of impervious treatment)
  • creates/enhances 7.4 acres of wetlands
  • incorporates over 12,000 plantings of trees, shrubs and grasses
  • provides a 9.2 acre aquatic and terrestrial habitat corridor leading from Maryland Route 2 to Cypress Creek in Severna Park, Maryland

Construction began in July 2012.

Anticipated date of completion is March 2013.

Assateague State Park Hydrographic Ocean Survey

June 11, 2012

Assateague State Park Hydrographic Ocean Survey, Worchester County, Maryland

BayLand Consultants & Designers, Inc. provided equipment and manpower to conduct a specialized hydrographic survey along approximately two (2) miles of the Atlantic Ocean coastal shoreline for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.  The purpose of the work was to complete 11 bottom profiles out to -21 feet National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD) located approximately 1,600 feet offshore to document the existing condition of Assateague State Park’s shoreline.  Survey data was collected from identical locations using the same sled survey method as the previous 1999 survey to allow precise evaluation of sand migration in this dynamic and turbulent coastal zone.  BayLand researched, acquired and retrofitted the survey sled; prepared a safety and survey operations plan; assembled and deployed the specialized vessel, equipment and personnel package for rough sea conditions; remote monitored weather and sea conditions for earliest deployment; and successfully executed the survey in early May 2012.

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Gibson Island Causeway, Anne Arundel County, MD

June 14, 2011

BayLand recently took post construction photos of approximately 530 linear feet of stone revetment in the Magothy Narrows along the Gibson Island causeway in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. The eroding shoreline was threatening the existing access road that is the only land access to Gibson Island.  Typically a segmented stone sill living shoreline would be ideal for this type of shore erosion control project, however the Magothy Narrows has a thriving SAV bed which reduces the maximum encroachment into the water.  The site conditions of this project allowed for a unique and unconventional design of the stone revetment that included 4” of sand fill and plantings of saltmeadow cordgrass over the revetment stone.  The revetment is designed to protect the eroding shoreline, while creating marsh habitat and minimizing impacts to thriving SAV beds.  Below are pictures of the project prior to construction.

Mill Creek Headwaters Restoration Project

May 25, 2011

               Over the past six years, BayLand Consultants & Designers, Inc. (BayLand) has worked hand in hand with the Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works (DPW) on the multifaceted Mill Creek Headwaters Restoration Project in Arnold,Maryland.  BayLand had previously been contracted for emergency assessment, permitting, construction procurement and remedial construction inspection and oversight to reopen the stream and to restore the function of the adjoining floodplain.  The dredging portion of the project was completed in December 2010.

               More recently, BayLand completed a comprehensive restoration plan which included elements for environmental dredging, intertidal marsh creation, submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) enhancement and upland retrofits.  The plan was developed with close coordination with federal and State regulatory agencies, community representatives and the Mill Creek Scientific Review Committee.  View the Joint Permit Application to see additional background regarding the plan. The total project involves over 27,000 SF of marsh plantings, 62,000 SF of environmental dredging totaling 7,000 CY of material and 21,000 SF of SAV preservation and enhancement area.

               The purpose of this project is to remove sediment deposited by the December 17, 2005 36-inch wastewater main collapse in the tidal headwaters of Mill Creek and to restore shallow water habitat while enhancing environmental features.  The goal is to create a riverine system with a low flow meandering stream-like area surrounded by flat shallow terraces that accumulate some sediment and provide a transition to the existing grade.  These shallow terraces are designed to allow for SAV growth and will be enhanced with plantings.  The deeper headwaters area will be protected for SAV preservation and enhancement.  On the shores, living shoreline areas of marsh habitat are to be created by eliminating a large area of phragmites and re-vegetating with native plants.  The headwaters restoration and associated watershed retrofits will improve water clarity, water quality and aquatic habitat in upper Mill Creek.

               Construction on the living shoreline in the headwaters is currently underway.  Contractors are working to install biodegradable coir rolls which will provide stabilization along the streamline bank and are planting native species in the waterway.

               While providing construction management services, BayLand has documented immediate habitat improvements.  A few days after planting began, horseshoe crabs were found mating in the headwaters and fish swimming near the shoreline.  BayLand is eager to see what visits Mill Creek next and can only hope that this is a new beginning for the headwaters.

               From March through June 2011, volunteers, including BayLand, have been growing underwater grasses through the Grasses for the Masses program organized by members of Girl Scout Troop 57 and co-sponsored by the Magothy River Association, Anne Arundel Community College (provided the seeds) and DPW

BayLand’s Project McGrow – 3/30/11, 4/11/11 and 5/23/11

                BayLand is looking forward to assisting local agencies/special interest groups when the time comes to start planting.  Keep checking back for updates!

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