Bush River
Watershed Management Plan


Located in Harford County, the Bush River watershed is approximately 117 square miles in size and is a tidal estuary to the Chesapeake Bay. It contains more than 520 miles of streams that flow through a wide variety of land uses that vary between urban, agriculture, forest and wetlands. A large portion of the watershed is located within the County’s residential and industrial development envelope. Two major tributaries, Winters Run and Bynum Run currently deliver large amounts of sediment, nutrients and bacteria to the Bush River and with the recent development pressures, increased impacts from urbanization are anticipated within the watershed.

Over the last several years, there has been a significant effort put forth to attempt to assess and improve the overall health of both the tidal and non-tidal portions of the Bush River watershed. The Bush River Watershed Restoration Strategy (WRAS) has provided a framework for the consolidation of these efforts. The WRAS aims to identify pollutant sources, implement environmentally sensitive development techniques, increase community involvement and implement restoration and protection opportunities. This document details a major planning piece of this initiative, the Bush River Watershed Management Plan (WAMP). The goal of this WAMP is to concisely define a strategy for Harford County to pursue with respect to improving the overall conditions in the Bush River watershed.

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