Wa­ter project fi­nal at Kud­ner prop­erty

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QUEEN­STOWN — Mid­shore River­keeper Con­ser­vancy, Mary­land Depart­ment of Natural Re­sources the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Trust rep­re­sen­ta­tives as well as state and lo­cal of­fi­cials gath­ered for a rib­bon cut­ting Tues­day, June 21, to cel­e­brate the com­ple­tion of a wa­ter qual­ity restora­tion project at the Kud­ner prop­erty.

The Kud­ner prop­erty, part of the Queen Anne’s County park sys­tem lo­cated at 961 Ben­nett Point Road, was iden­ti­fied as one of the pri­or­ity ar­eas for qual­ity restora­tion af­ter the MRC com­pleted the first-ever as­sess­ment of the Wye River Wa­ter­shed in 2012. The as­sess­ment iden­ti­fied three pri­or­ity ar­eas for wa­ter qual­ity restora­tion: the Kud­ner prop­erty, Wye Ferry Land­ing and the Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege cam­pus.

Of the 250-acre prop­erty, 80 acres is in an ac­tive farm­land and drains di­rectly into the Wye River. With de­sign fund­ing from the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Trust and con­struc­tion fund­ing from the DNR Ch­e­sa­peake and Costal Wa­ter­shed Service, 1.65 acres of wet­lands were re­stored and 2.4 acres of wet­land were con­structed. The project was com­pleted in April.

Along with the re­stored and cre­ated wet­lands, the group cre­ated a two-stage gabion out­let weir, which is a series of grade con­trol bar­ri­ers to al­low non-ero­sive pas­sage of runoff and to re­duce ground­wa­ter draw-down within the ex­ist­ing wet­land, three berms, a shrub scrub habi­tat area and a forested up­land habi­tat area.

“We can’t thank the county enough for step­ping up and par­tic­i­pat­ing and help­ing us work through the is­sues, and then Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Trust came through with the de­sign fund­ing, which was crit­i­cal,” said Tim Junkin, MRC founder. “...Hav­ing a re­source for de­sign money is crit­i­cally im­por­tant and we’re re­ally grate­ful for that. The Depart­ment of Natural Re­sources has be­come a great part­ner of ours in these projects, and they funded the con­struc­tion. So, it’s good for the county, it’s good for the com­mu­nity, it’s good for the rivers, and I’m de­lighted to be a part of this.”

With the en­hance­ments to the Kud­ner prop­erty, Junkin said the project is es­ti­mated to re­duce 47 pounds of to­tal ni­tro­gen, about five pounds of to­tal phos­pho­rus and 584 pounds of sed­i­ment per year from en­ter­ing the Wye River. The project also is ex­pected to fil­ter al­most all the farm­land runoff.

Col­lab­o­ra­tive part­ners in­cluded Queen Anne’s County, Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Trust and DNR. En­vi­ron­men­tal Con­cern per­formed the work for the restora­tion.

“This project was ac­tu­ally just one com­po­nent of a grant that in­volved wet­land restora­tion, im­prove­ments on ag-lands, im­prove­ments on streams,” Sarah Hilder­brand with DNR said. “...It’s just one piece of the pic­ture that’s help­ing to re­store the Bay, so we want to thank ev­ery­body.”

Mary­land Del. Steve Arentz said, “This is (the) kind of thing you like to see in the county with all the is­sues we have with the Bay and what have you. It’s al­ways good to see some­thing like this devel­oped, and it’s good to see the part­ner­ships come into ef­fect.”

County of­fi­cials at the rib­bon cut­ting in­cluded Com­mis­sion­ers Jim Mo­ran and Robert Buckey as well as County Ad­min­is­tra­tor Gregg Todd.

MRC has also com­pleted projects at Wye Ferry Land­ing and Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege, and is cur­rently work­ing with the col­lege on the de­sign and com­ple­tion of a ma­jor multi-com­po­nent “step pool” stream restora­tion project be­ing funded through the Ch­e­sa­peake & At­lantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund.

The Mid­shore River­keeper Con­ser­vancy is a non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to the restora­tion, pro­tec­tion and cel­e­bra­tion of the wa­ter ways that com­prise the Chop­tank River, East­ern Bay, Miles River and Wye River wa­ter­sheds.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

Elected lo­cal and state of­fi­cials stand with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Mid­shore River­keeper Con­ser­vancy, the Depart­ment of Natural Re­sources and Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Trust as they cut a rib­bon com­mem­o­rat­ing the com­ple­tion of a wa­ter qual­ity restora­tion project at the Kud­ner prop­erty in Queen­stown on Tues­day, June 21.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Part of the wa­ter qual­ity restora­tion project at the Kud­ner prop­erty.

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