Watershed Management
Studies & Assessments

Tiber and Plumtree Watersheds

For more details, please visit our Tiber and Plumtree Watersheds webpage.

Centennial Lake and Wilde Lake Watershed Studies

In 2004 – 2005 the County’s Stormwater Management Division conducted a watershed assessment and developed a watershed restoration plan for the Centennial Lake and Wilde Lake watersheds. Wilde Lake is a 1.9 square mile watershed, which is highly developed and is predominated by low, medium, and high density residential development Centennial Lake is a 3.6 square mile watershed, which is less densely developed and contains mostly low density residential development and low intensity agriculture.

The purpose of the studies was to assess the water quality in the lakes as well as the streams draining to the lakes, and then to propose strategies and projects for the restoration and protection of the lakes and their tributaries.

Two public meetings were held to discuss the findings of the study and to solicit stakeholder input on the assessment and proposed restoration strategies. The results of the studies are contained in the Centennial and Wilde Lake Watershed Restoration Plan (September 1, 2005). The Plan contains specific locations and recommendations for projects and actions that can be taken to improve the health of the lakes and the streams that drain to them. To view the study, click on the links below:

For more information please contact Mark Richmond at 410-313-6413 or msrichmond@howardcountymd.gov

Font Hill Tributary Stream Restoration – Centennial Lane West

Howard County performs watershed restoration projects to help in meeting its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit conditions and Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) goals and has selected the Font Hill Tributary Stream Restoration Project as part of its watershed restoration efforts. This tributary was identified in the Little Patuxent Watershed Study completed in February 2016. The project limits consist of the existing stream starting approximately 6,000 linear feet upstream from Centennial Lane to the downstream limit at Centennial Lane. The proposed project limits are completely contained within Howard County owned open space. This project is being completed by a design/build team comprised of Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson, Inc. and Environmental Quality Resources, LLC. The document links below were presented at the initial project public meeting on November 30, 2017. The Font Hill Tributary Stream Restoration Project Construction Phase is anticipated to begin Fall 2018 and continue through to the beginning of Fall 2020.