Pequea Creek Tributary Floodplain Restoration
During the summer of 2022, Salisbury Township, LandStudies, and other partners began restoring approximately 1,615 linear feet of floodplain and 2.69 acres of wetland within Gap Park along two severely eroded and unstable tributaries to Pequea Creek. By removing legacy sediment, bringing the steep and eroding streambanks back to a more natural grade, and installing a variety of native plants within the floodplain, the Pequea Creek Tributary Floodplain Restoration Project will provide water quality improvements, help to manage flooding, and restore native habitat to the watershed and downstream waters such as the Chesapeake Bay.
This project will be considered fully complete when the diverse vegetation settles in over the next few months, creating several acres of wetlands and a biodiverse habitat for a variety of plants and wildlife species. At that time, the project is estimated to reduce sediment discharge into the watershed by more than 185,000 pounds per year, helping to meet the requirements of the township’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit. Funding assistance to complete this project was provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.