Design FAQ

1. Why is this project necessary?

The stream currently has extreme bank erosion causing bank failures. The stream will continue to erode and destabilize causing further damage to infrastructure and the surrounding properties.

2. Are the flagged trees proposed to be cut down?

No. Trees are flagged by the field crews as an indication to the surveyors to map the tree location. All trees with a circumference greater than 12" are mapped. Only those trees 12" or larger that were not mapped as part of the previous design will be flagged. Mapping the tree locations allows the engineer to develop a design and construction access that minimizes impacts to larger healthier trees. Trees proposed to be cut down will be clearly shown on the design plans.  

3. Why is the footprint of the project larger than the existing stream?

The stream is being realigned away from infrastructure, homes, and failing banks. In addition, a floodplain is being excavated to reduce the shear stress and stream power to prevent future erosion and ensure long term stability.  

4. Will the sewer line be upgraded or replaced as part of this project?

No. Any questions concerning the status of an upgrade or replacement of the sewer line should be directed to Harford County Water and Sewer at (410) 638-3300 or

5. How long will it take to update the design and permits?

The design and permits should be completed by June 2022 based on an updated schedule provided by the design consultant in October 2021. A 75% design is currently available for community review.

 6. What permits are necessary for this type of project?

  • Harford County Grading Permit
  • Harford County Stormwater Management Waiver
  • Maryland Department of Environment Wetland and Waterways Permit
  • Maryland Department of Environment General Permit for Stormwater Associated with Construction Activity
  • US Army Corps of Engineers Permit Authorization

 7. Will the design be available for review?

Yes, the design will be available for review, digitally on this webpage and printed copies will be available in our offices at 212 South Bond Street. Each submittal from the design engineer will be available for review. Property owners will be notified by email, phone, or mail when the plans are available.