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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 Valley Trail Ride Benefits Darlington Volunteer Fire Company

October 21, 2012 by deercreekmd · Comments Off 

Benefit Trail Ride
Saturday, Nov. 3
Benefits Darlington Volunteer Fire Company

Ride the Deer Creek Valley through beautiful private farms surrounding Darlington

Ride will start at 10:00 am from Elberton Hill Farm, Darlington, MD
~ Registration and Parking open at 8:30 am ~

Ride will be limited to 100 riders. • Riders must pre-register.

NO registrations accepted the day of the ride.

Three Different Guided Ride Options:

• Walk Only • Walk/Trot • Walk/Trot/Canter •

Rest stop with drinks and snacks along the way.

Lunch provided by DVFC at end of the ride.

Negative Coggins and helmets required.

Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: $50 (includes lunch)
Lunch: $5 for non-riders Read more

Deer Creek Rural Legacy Area Receives $700,000 for Land Preservation from State Board of Public Works

October 21, 2012 by deercreekmd · Comments Off 

The Rural Legacy Program will receive approximately $5.6 million in Fiscal Year 2013 grants to permanently protect agricultural and ecologically significant working landscapes throughout Maryland. Governor Martin O’Malley and the Board of Public Works approved the funding recently in Annapolis.

“Through these conservation easements, we are able to protect our landscapes that are part of the rich history we share as Marylanders,” said Governor O’Malley.

The grants approved include the following Rural Legacy Areas and associated counties:

Anne Arundel South (Anne Arundel) $45,308

Coastal Bays (Worcester) $320,000

Deer Creek (Harford) $701,367

Dividing Creek (Somerset & Worcester) $130,632

Fair Hill (Cecil) $113,699

Mid-Maryland Washington (Washington) $1,260,000

Nanticoke (Dorchester) $650,000

Piney Run (Baltimore) $568,000

Upper Patapsco/Little Pipe Creek (Baltimore) $617,995

Mattapany (St. Mary’s) $775,000

Maryland’s Rural Legacy Program provides funding to preserve large tracts of forestry and agricultural land and natural resources, and for environmental protection while sustaining land for natural resource-based industries. Enacted by the General Assembly in 1997, the program has to-date provided more than $243 million to protect 75,435 acres of valuable farmland, forests and natural areas.

The 11-member Rural Legacy Advisory Committee and the Rural Legacy Board, which is comprised of Maryland’s Agriculture, Natural Resources and Planning secretaries, reviews grant applications annually. More information is available at dnr.maryland.gov/land/rurallegacy/.

The three member Board of Public Works is composed of Governor O’Malley (chair), Treasurer Nancy Kopp and Comptroller Peter Franchot. The BPW is authorized by the General Assembly to approve major construction and consultation contracts, equipment purchases, property transactions and other procurement transactions.

Streamside Buffers and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Workshop Nov. 4 in Forest Hill

October 9, 2011 by deercreekmd · Comments Off 

STREAMSIDE BUFFERS & CREP WORKSHOP

Date:
Friday, November 4, 2011

Time:
8:30 – 9:00am Check-in time (light refreshments served)
9:00am – 12:00 noon Workshop
12:00 – 12:30pm Lunch (provided)
12:30 – 3:00pm Streamside buffer plantings tour (optional)

Location:
Harford County Extension Office
2335 Rock Spring Road
Forest Hill, MD
410-638-3255

Sponsored by: Harford County Environmental Planning and the Harford Soil Conservation District

Pre-registration required. Please pre-register by November 1, 2011 by emailing your name, address, phone number, and number attending to deercreekwras@harfordcountymd.gov or by calling 410-838-6181, ext 3.

Workshop Topics:
• Benefits of streamside (riparian) buffers.
• CREP (Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program) benefits to landowners and the environment (signing bonuses, incentive payments, cost-share assistance, how to enroll)
• Presentations by several property owners already enrolled in CREP
• Tour of several properties with established streamside buffers

268-Acre Camp Moshava Property along Deer Creek Protected through Rural Legacy Program

August 1, 2011 by deercreekmd · Comments Off 

From the Maryland Department of Natural Resources:

Governor Martin O’Malley announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval to preserve the land through the Rural Legacy Program.

“By partnering with landowners to preserve Maryland’s heritage and natural beauty, we are creating an actual rural legacy to be enjoyed by our children and theirs,” said Governor O’Malley.

Deer Creek Rural Legacy Area (Harford County) — The Habonim Camp will permanently protect 268 acres within a large block of lands already protected with conservation easements totaling over 3,000 acres. Water quality will be preserved through a 100-foot forested buffer along 7,450 feet of Deer Creek. The easement, which will eliminate 26 development rights, will be held by Harford County.

The property will remain a youth summer camp facility, providing recreation and environmental education. “Camp Moshava,” as it is known to hundreds of summer campers, is an ideal camp property nestled in the Deer Creek Valley of Harford County. Read more

Deer Creek Watershed Association Invites Public to Discuss Watershed Issues at Annual Meeting on May 26 in Darlington

April 30, 2011 by deercreekmd · Comments Off 

Hello Everyone!

The Deer Creek Watershed Association cordially invites you to our next annual meeting to meet our Directors and to talk with them about the goals and activities of the Association. Several broad areas may be of interest to you, including watershed planning, County master planning, natural resources planning and management, and economic and infrasture implications for the watershed, to name a few.

This has been a busy year. We can tell you what we have been doing, and we certainly would like to have your thoughts about what things you think need to be considered in the future. Please join us at the Harmony Deer Creek Presbyterian Church at 6:30pm on Thursday, 26 May 2011. The Church is located on Maryland Highway 161 at its intersection with Harmony Church Road, just a few miles south of the village of Darlington. We will meet in the building next to the church itself.

As always, our support for the watershed relies upon annual contributions, and you can become a contributor for the year 2011 now. Your contribution is fully tax deductible. We have established several levels of giving above the basic contribution of ten dollars. Your contributions help the Association carry out its purpose to promote the conservation of the natural resources of the Deer Creek Watershed. Read more

Maryland Forest Service Backyard Buffers Program Offers Trees for Streamside Planting in Harford County

March 27, 2011 by deercreekmd · Comments Off 

A new program called the Backyard Buffers Program is starting this spring in Harford County. The program, administered through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Forest Service, started in Western Maryland several years ago and has been successful in helping to establish forested riparian buffers on properties of less than 5 acres that are located along a stream.

A streamside buffer can create habitat for wildlife, reduce peak water temperatures, and reduce the amount of sediment, fertilizer, and toxic materials that enter our waterways. Deep-rooted trees and shrubs can also stabilize stream banks, protecting them from erosion.

The Backyard Buffers program provides a free “buffer in a bag” to help get homeowners started in buffering their streamside. The bag includes twenty-five native tree and shrub bare-root seedlings, 1 to 2 feet in height, of various species that are well suited to streamside conditions.
Also included are fact sheets on tree planting techniques, typical planting arrangement, proper tree maintenance, native plant species suitable for streamside plantings, and additional information for those who wish to learn more. Read more

Deer Creek Streamside Buffers and Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program Workshop

March 1, 2011 by deercreekmd · Comments Off 

From Harford County’s Deer Creek Outreach Coordinator:

This program targetspart of the Deer Creek watershed, but anyone is welcome to attend.

Date: Friday, March 4, 2011 (Snow Date: Friday, March 11, 2011 *)

Time:
8:30 – 9:00am Check-in time
9:00am – 12:00 noon Workshop
12:00 – 12:30pm Lunch (provided)
12:30 – 3:00pm Streamside buffer plantings tour (optional)

Location:
Harford County Extension Office
2335 Rock Spring Road
Forest Hill, MD
410-638-3255

Sponsored by: Harford County Environmental Planning and the Harford Soil Conservation District

Pre-registration required. Please pre-register by March 1, 2011 by emailing your name, address, phone number and number attending to deercreekwras@harfordcountymd.gov or by calling 410-838-6181, ext 3. Read more

State Preserves 83 Rural Legacy Acres Along Deer Creek

December 15, 2010 by deercreekmd · Comments Off 

Governor Martin O’Malley today announced Board of Public Works (BPW) approval to preserve 83 acres of Maryland’s landscape on two properties in Harford County in the Deer Creek Rural Legacy Area.

“Protecting forestland not only preserves Maryland’s heritage and working landscapes for future generations, but it provides important stormwater runoff protection to our waterways,” said Governor Martin O’Malley.

One easement, known as the Williams Property, will permanently protect 66 acres of forest land in Harford County, and lies immediately adjacent Rocks State Park. The forest land on this property will be managed under a Forest Management Plan, and will extinguish five development rights.

“The Williams property is located on the banks of Deer Creek, with approximately 2,400 feet of stream frontage,” said Ned Sayer, agricultural preservation administrator for Harford County. “The Williams easement will become part of a large contiguous block of easement-protected lands. This block is adjacent to Rocks State Park and consists of over 850 acres, buffering over 2 miles Read more

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