An estimated 1500 recreational boats are stored or moored on Back Creek. Ninety-five percent of the creek is within Annapolis City limits.

The Back Creek Conservancy recently won a grant from the Watershed Assistance Program of the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Known as America’s Sailing Capital, Annapolis is the center of Maryland’s recreational boating scene. Polluted waterways cannot coexist with this vision of Annapolis.

“We’re really excited to receive this grant and want to express our gratitude to the Chesapeake Bay Trust,” says board president David Barker. “Everyone on the Back Creek Conservancy board is an active sailor or boater who lives within the watershed if not right on the creek. We’re dedicated to getting it back to a fishable, swimmable state for future generations.”

With this grant, the Back Creek Conservancy, in partnership with the Center for Watershed Protection in Ellicott City, MD, will develop a Watershed Action Plan for the Back Creek watershed that will (1) establish a baseline of watershed conditions from which future progress can be evaluated; (2) create a framework for identifying future restoration and protection actions; and (3) engage stakeholders, particularly marina and dock owners and homeowner and condominium associations, regarding water quality issues.

The watershed plan will provide sufficient detail on priority projects to reduce nutrient and sediment pollution and leverage future implementation funds. Land development in the Back Creek watershed has outpaced environmental protections to address issues such as stormwater run-off and the resultant water pollution.

The goal of the $95,000 project is widespread awareness and support for fundable projects in the Back Creek watershed that will halt the downward spiral of increasing pollution and begin the long process of improving the quality of the creek to make it clean and safe for its residents and greater community of boaters, maritime businesses, and other water-related activities.

Back Creek Conservancy is a new nonprofit organization made up of citizen volunteers. By 2025, the Conservancy envisions a fishable, swimmable Back Creek supported by a citizen-led nonprofit group that speaks for the Creek and conducts projects to improve and maintain its health.

Click here for a short video about the Conservancy.

For more information, contact Molly Winans, mollywinans@gmail.com