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County Announces Stream Restoration Of Jennifer Branch

The $3.3 million dollar project kicked off with a ceremonial groundbreaking Wednesday afternoon.

The county broke ground Wednesday afternoon on a major construction effort to restore the degraded Jennifer Branch stream that runs through parts of Parkville and Carney.

The stream, which has been the subject of an ongoing effort for restoration by the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy's Jennifer Branch Project, feeds into the lower Gunpowder Falls and the Chesapeake Bay.

The $3.3 million construction project is meant to allieviate concerns about erosion causing damage to infrastructure and private property, as well as environmental concerns related to sedimentation and tree loss.

"This project will reduce erosion, improve ecological function, stabilize infrastructure and improve the water quality of Jennifer Branch, the Lower Gunpowder Falls and the Chesapeake Bay," according to prepared remarks Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz was expected to deliver Wednesday afternoon.

The project area encompasses approximately 6,000 feet of stream that begins between Harford Road and 9th Avenue in Carney and continues north to the area between Harford Road and Homeland Avenue.

View a map of the project area attached to this article.

Current esimates say the project is expected to eliminate 930 tons of sediment, 1,200 pounds of nitrogen and 408 pounds of phosphorus from entering the Gunpowder River and Chesapeake Bay each year, according to project documents.

Funding for the restoration of Jennifer Branch comes from Baltimore County Metropolitan District bonds and a $1,000,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, according to project documents.

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