Stormwater Management

As part of the City’s ongoing compliance with the State’s SWM and MS4 requirements, the City conducts inspections on every stormwater pond, or practice, within the City limits at least once a year (between July 1st and June 30th).  The current reporting year for which the City is conducting these inspections is 7/1/2020-6/30/2021.  The following are the ponds/practices of major subdivisions/business plazas that have been inspected so far this year, and the results of their most recent inspections (results are subject to updating):
 
1) Bulle Rock Parkway Pond – Pass
2) Tidewater HOA – Pass
3) Bulle Rock Ponds 4, 7, 9 & 11 – Pass
4) Meadows of Bulle Rock (2 Ponds) – Pass
5) Bulle Rock Ponds 8 & 10 – Fail, Need Maintenance
6) Grace Harbour Ponds 1 through 6 – Fail, Need Maintenance
7) Bayview Estates Ponds 1 & 2 – Fail, Need Maintenance and Major Repairs (Pond 1)
8) Grace Manor Ponds 1 & 2 – Pass
9) Chesapeake Heights Ponds 1 through 3 – Pass
10) The Paddocks @ Bulle Rock (2 Ponds) – Pass
11) Woods of Bayview (2 Ponds) – Fail, Need Maintenance
12) Bayland Condominiums – Fail, Needs Maintenance
13) Gracecroft – Pass
14) Havre de Hills – Pass
15) Chapel Heights – Pass
16) Weis Market (Pond and 2 Sand filters) – Pass
17) Bulle Rock Lorien – Pass
18) Havre de Grace Plaza (2 Underground Storage Practices) – Pass
19) Harbor Shops – Pass
20) Scenic Manor (2 Ponds, 8 Swales) – Pass
Fire Station #5 (2 Practices) – Pass
Fire Station #4 (4 Practices) – Pass
Saint Patrick’s Church (Sandfilter) – Pass
Harford County Public Library HdG Branch (5 Practices) – Pass
David Craig Park (3 Practices) – Pass
Seneca Pointe Pond – Pass
Concord Pointe Park (4 Practices) – Pass
Veterans Park (2 Bioretentions) – Fail, Need Maintenance
Royal Farms Rt 40 – Pass
Greenway Farms (3 Ponds) – Fail, Need Maintenance
Family Dollar (3 Practices) – 2 Pass, 1 Fail
Havre de Grace Activities Center – Pass
Evonik – Fail, Needs Maintenance
 
If you have questions regarding a specific stormwater pond or practice, please call (410)-939-1800 ext 1119, (443)-807-6251, or email bradleeb@havredegracemd.com.

NEW STORMWATER SHORELINE PROJECTS GET NATIVE PLANTS:

  

The shoreline gets new native plants specially selected for our soils and growing conditions.  The entire stormwater management and wetlands creation project can be seen from the Promenade.

The bioretention near the Decoy Museum is meant to collect, slow and infiltrate the stormwater from hard surfaces such as pavement, sidewalks and rooftops.  The total project has been a collaboration with the City, Maritime Museum, DNR, Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust.  The contractor, Underwood & Associates, is well known for the quick and efficient stormwater and shoreline work that they perform.  The City thanks all for efforts put forth to create this beautiful, working site.

GOALS & OBJECTIVES:
This Publlic Works Division has the responsibility for the structures, or best management practices (BMPs) and the storm drain system developed to manage stormwater runoff as mandated by the state as part of the Clean Water Act.

STORMWATER POLLUTION:
When it rains, a portion of the rainwater or stormwater flows over the land into the storm drain and discharges directly to our streams, rivers, and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. Stormwater, unlike sewage, is not treated before it discharges to the stream. As it travels over land, stormwater comes in contact with many substances. These substances may have a significant impact on the storm drain system and stream water quality. Some of the effects are flooding, clogging, property damage, and endangerment to aquatic life, recreation and drinking water.  Please keep your drains clear of leaves, tree debris, trash and other substances to minimize damage to the stormwater system and to your property.

NEW STORMWATER PROJECT IN TOWN:
The City, along with DNR and the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust has removed the stormwater pipe from the area beside the cove near the Maritime Museum and replaced the pipe with a regenerative stormwater conveyance known as step-pools system which will slow the water and provide infiltration for water quality improvements before reaching the Susquehanna River.  All overflow during larger storm events will be directed into the wetland behind the Maritime Museum.  Also at the bottom of the step pool system resiliency practices will be implemented through a combination of vegetated breakwaters, sand fill placement and native wetland plantings.

     

Master Watershed Stewards have created a very successful pollinator garden in the City funded by the Chesapeake Bays Trust.  Planted this spring with native plants, this garden has proven itself to be a favorite spot for Monarchs and Lady Bugs in its first season!  The pictures tell the success story.

  

Tips for a clean environment:

  • Report any dumping of inappropriate materials into stormwater drains (such as oil, antifreeze) to your local municipal officials.
  • Use good housekeeping practices with lawn care chemicals, oil, gasoline, pet wastes, etc.
  • Help to start or participate in programs to recycle and safely dispose of used oils and household hazardous wastes and containers.
  • Tell others about pollution runoff and stormwater runoff and what they can do to help.
  • Plant trees, shrubs and ground cover to protect bare soil and reduce runoff.
  • Create a “rain garden” to keep rainwater in your yard to replenish plants.
  • Try composting to recycle yard wastes and reduce fertilizer use.
  • Find alternatives to the chemicals you use on your lawn.

EVERY EFFORT COUNTS ALONG THE WAY TO CLEAN UP THE BAY.  NO MATTER HOW SMALL.  YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

CURRENT PROJECTS:

  • CONCORD POINT PARK POND RETROFIT AND LANDSCAPE INFILTRATION
  • REGENERATIVE STORMWATER NEAR THE COVE
  • MARITIME MUSEUM’S SHOREFRONT RIPARIAN RESTORATION
  • BRADFORD GREEN STORMWATER MANAGEMENT POND RESTORATION, HABITAT, OUTFALL RESTORATION
  • LILLY RUN PHASE I WETLAND ENHANCEMENT
  • PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE OVER LILLY RUN AND TRAIL CONNECTION
  • POLLINATOR GARDEN AND VICTORY GARDEN

STAY TUNED!  PLANNING IS UNDERWAY FOR MORE EXCITING STORMWATER RUNOFF PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE CITY!

WHY NOT INSTALL A RAIN BARREL THIS SPRING FOR PLANT WATERING AND OTHER OUTDOOR USES?

Remember, dandelions are one of the first foods for many pollinators.