​Harford Streams
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Harford Streams Open House 

Explore what Harford Streams is all about. Join the staff for small format discussions about the various programs that improve the health of the streams in Harford County including:

  • Outreach Efforts and Opportunities
  • Watershed Stewards Academy
  • Stream Monitoring and Studies
  • Restoration Plans
  • Restoration Projects
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

McFaul Activities Center
525 W MacPhail Road
Bel Air, MD  21014

Elbow Brook - Tributary to Winters Run

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What is Harford Streams? 

Harford Streams is a program developed and implemented by Harford County Department of Public Works, Watershed Protection and Restoration Office. Our mission is to improve the health of the streams, rivers, lakes and estuaries located in Harford County. 

Plumtree Run - Tributary to Winters Run

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Why is stream health important? 

Clean water is vital to all living things. It is the earth's most valuable resource. Allowing pollution to run off the landscape and into the streams contaminates the drinking water for all living things including people. Water exists in many different forms including ice in glaciers, liquid in oceans, wetlands, streams, and aquifers, and gas or water vapor in the air. These different forms of water make up the water cycle. Water can transform from one form to another but it is impossible to create "new" water.

For more information see Introduction to Streams

How are streams and watersheds related? 

A watershed is an area of land that drains to a stream, creek, river, lake or estuary. Every piece of land in Harford County ultimately drains into the Chesapeake Bay, but can travel through many different streams before reaching the Bay.

For more information see Introduction to Streams

Measuring stream health through identification of fish populations

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How is stream health measured? 

For more information see Introduction to Streams

How do my activities affect stream health? 

We impact each watershed in which we live, work and play.  Each time it rains, everything on the ground becomes part of the stormwater runoff entering into our local streams.  Some things we may leave on the ground that impacts stream health include pet waste, fertilizer not swept off sidewalks, and leaky fluids from cars.

For more information see How to get involved

Building a residential raingarden

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What can I do to improve stream health? 

For more information see How to get involved

Pond Retrofit - Tollgate and Wheel Road

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What is Harford Streams doing to improve stream health? 

Harford Streams constructs restoration projects to improve stream health. Projects include upgrading existing stormwater management ponds (see picture above), installing new stormwater management structures, and restoring streams. The projects are typically identified through stream studies but can be identified through recommendations from residents.

For more information see Stream Studies and Restoration Projects

Watershed Protection and Restoration Office



212 South Bond Street, 1st Floor
Bel Air, MD  21014
(410) 638-3217


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Christine Buckley


Program Manager

Betsy Collins


Capital Project Manager

Michele Dobson

Water Quality Monitoring Specialist

Laura Coste


Outreach Coordinator

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