Deer Creek Watershed Association Establishes Scholarship for Harford Community College Students

January 12, 2017 by steve · Comments Off 

The Deer Creek Watershed Association Environmental Science Scholarship at Harford Community College was created by the association in 2015. Association board members David Boniface and Albert Isennock recently presented a check to the scholarship’s first recipient, Patrick Donnelly.

The annual $1,000 scholarship will ease the financial burden for a first- or second-year Harford Community College student pursuing an A.S. degree in Environmental Science. The scholarship will help to support a student who intends to continue the major in a related curriculum at a four-year institution and pursue a career in the field.

The Deer Creek Watershed Association promotes conservation of the natural resources of the Deer Creek Watershed, the largest in Harford County, covering 38 percent of the County’s land area. The entire watershed covers approximately 109,400 acres (171 square miles) across two states (Maryland and Pennsylvania) and three counties. There are 86,000 acres in Harford County.

The association endeavors to educate, inform, and encourage citizens, politicians and government officials of environmental concerns affecting the watershed. Their overall goal is for a healthy and vibrant watershed that supports diverse aquatic life in balance with the needs of the community.

Days Down the Deer Creek

April 26, 2013 by steve · Comments Off 

By Phillip McKnight

It was a November night when we pushed our canoe from the sandy shore into the cool trickling creek water. My friend sat in the front and I waded until the 50-degree water reached my knees. I swung a leg over the canoe and continued my journey into the dark and under the stars down northern Maryland’s Deer Creek.

I made the decision to embark on this 7 day sectional paddle of the entire Deer Creek because I grew up as a boy playing, and occasionally peeing in a gravelly stream that I didn’t know at the time was called the Little Deer Creek. Now thirty, I realize that any action I did on the land (or in the water) surrounding that creek would eventually end up somewhere. I made the decision to find out where that somewhere actually was.

I began the journey on a summer day near the intersection of the Maryland/Pennsylvania line and I 83. The Deer Creek, with its headwaters reaching into York, PA, is Harford County’s largest watershed, covering 38% of the county or approximately 171 square miles (Deer Creek Watershed Association). My friend Andrew, who owns property near the creek’s headwaters, offered me the perfect place to launch the old kayak that I had owned since I was 13. I uncomfortably squeezed my body into the small black craft, said goodbye to my friend, paddled 5 strokes and then bottomed out on a shallow rapid. It was an anticlimactic start to a 35-mile journey. Little did I know then that the picture of me bottomed out on a sandy spit would be a common sight. Read more

Deer Creek Watershed Association Supports Stormwater Management Bill; Suggests Further Fee Reducation For Landowners Who Control Stormwater

March 30, 2013 by steve · Comments Off 

The following testimony was presented to the Harford County Council in support of bill 13-12 with an amendment, by Richard Norling, President, Deer Creek Watershed Association.

The Deer Creek Watershed Association, Inc., supports passage of bill 13-12, and suggests an amendment that we believe will make the bill even more effective.

Before people began paving roads and parking lots, and constructing large buildings, rain water had many opportunities to soak into the ground instead of rolling over the surface directly to rivers and streams. Some of the water that soaked into the ground went deeper and replenished the aquifers that our water wells tap into. The water that stayed near the surface did migrate slowly towards rivers and streams, but tree roots along the way pulled the nutrients out of the water as it passed by.

Today when it rains much of the water flows quickly over impervious surfaces that prevent it from soaking into the ground. When the water leaves the pavement, the heavy flows pick up particles of soil, causing erosion. When the heavy flows all pour at the same time into a stream, the result is flooding, gouging of the streambanks, and undermining of large trees until they fall into the stream. That happens now in Deer Creek, Winters Run, and to some extent probably every creek and stream in Harford County. Read more