Say goodbye to this half-mile-long, concrete
stormwater channel on Furnace Creek in Glen
Built in 1963, this eyesore was originally engineered to
prevent flooding by quickly delivering stormwater directly
to Furnace Creek. Unfortunately, the deluges also delivered
trash, animal waste, pesticides, fertilizers, and sediment. A
half century of polluted runoff has left Furnace Creek badly
degraded and dangerous for recreational use.
We know that nature does a much better job than hard
surfaces like this concrete funnel. Natural streams and
wetlands filter pollution from runoff and slow the flow of
stormwater, controlling flooding and keeping soil in place.
Thanks to funding from the state and a local stormwater
utility fee, Anne Arundel County is set to make this
transformation a reality. Contractors will remove the
degraded concrete and replace it with wetlands.
Bringing nature back will provide a much more attractive
landscape for local residents and go a long way to reduce
pollution to Furnace Creek and the Patapsco River and
Chesapeake Bay downstream. The project will also include
community outreach and serve as an example of habitat
creation in an urban setting.
Funding from Maryland’s Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal
Bays Trust Fund allows Maryland to accelerate Bay
restoration and improve water quality by focusing targeted
financial investments and resources on the most cost-effective, non-point source pollution control projects.
For more about pollution from urban and suburban
stormwater runoff, visit cbf.org/issues/polluted-runoff.