Harford Streams
Green Choices. Healthy Streams.

Farnandis Branch at Sunnyview Restoration Project 

Expected construction start Spring 2021, completion Fall 2021 

Harford County is currently updating a previously completed design for stream restoration at this location.  The purpose of the project is to improve stream health by stabilizing eroding stream banks, protecting an existing sewer line and increasing tree buffers along the stream.  This project does not involve a replacement or upgrade to the sewer line.

Pre-construction pictures (January 2018) 

Project Location

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75% Design Plans (11/27/2019)

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Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ) - Design 

1.  Will the sewer line be upgraded or replaced as part of this project? (added 2/12/2019)

No.  Any questions concerning the status of an upgrade or replacement of the sewer line should be directed to Harford County Water and Sewer at (410) 638-3300 or http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/782/Water-Sewer

2.  When will crews begin collecting field data? (update 2/12/2019)

February 2019.  Survey is anticipated to be complete in August 2019.

3.  Will crews need to use motorized vehicles to collect field data?

No, crews will not need motorized vehicles to collect field data.  They will be walking by foot in groups of 2 or 3.  Different crews will visit the site at different times depending on their area of expertise including tree identification, wetland identification, and stream characteristics.  Survey crews will also be updating the survey as well as a full inventory of new areas added to the design.

4.  Are the flagged trees proposed to be cut down? (added 2/13/2019)

No.  Trees are flagged by the field crews as an indication to the surveors to map the tree location.  All trees with a circumference greater than 12" are mapped.  Only those trees 12" or larger that were not mapped as part of the previous design will be flagged.  Mapping the tree locations allows the engineer to develop a design and construction access that minimizes impacts to larger healthier trees.  Trees proposed to be cut down will be clearly shown on the design plans.  

5. How long will it take to update the design and permits? (updated 9/9/2019)

The design and permits should be completed June 2020 based on an updated schedule provided by the design consultant in September 2019.  A 75% design is anticipated to be available in November 2019 for community review.

6.  What permits are necessary for this type of project? (added 2/12/2019)

Harford County Grading Permit

Harford County Stormwater Management Waiver

Maryland Department of Environment Wetlands and Waterways Permit

Maryland Department of Environment General Permit for Stormwater Associated with Construction Activity

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Permit Authorization

7.  Will the design be available for review?

Yes, the design will be available for review, digitally on this webpage or printed copies will be available in our offices at 212 South Bond Street.  Each submittal from the design engineer will be available for review.  Property owners will be notified by email, phone, or mail when the plans are available. 

Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ) - Easements

1.  Can the County construct this project on my property without my permission? (added 2/12/2019)

No, the County needs easements from each property owner where construction and construction access is proposed.  Stream restoration projects are voluntary and property owners are not obligated to provide easements.

2. When will the easement documents be available for property owners to review?

Easements are based on the areas delineated in the design for construction and construction access.  These areas are typically finalized when the design is approximately 75% complete.  At that time property plats will be developed which show the limits of the proposed easements.

3. Will the easements be permanent? (updated 8/9/2019)

For current projects, the County will allow the property owner to decide if they prefer a permanent or revertible easement.  All new projects will require permanent easements.  

4. What is a revertible easement? (added 8/9/2019)

After 10 years, the revertible easement is no longer valid and the property within the easement reverts back to the owner without restriction.

5.  Why has the County decided to require permanent easements for stream restoration projects? (added 8/9/2019)

The County is required by Maryland Department of Environment to ensure restoration projects continue to function properly and improve stream health.  Permanent easements allow access for the County to complete inspections and any necessary repairs.  The permanent easements also provide reassurance to the property owners that the restoration project will be maintained as it was designed. 

Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ) - Construction 

1. What time of year can construction take place?

Construction will take place between May 1 and September 30.  The timing for construction will be based on the stream designation assigned by Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR).  This project is located in the Bynum Run watershed which is a designated trout stream with in-stream construction restrictions from October 1st through April 30th. 

2. When will construction start? (updated 8/9/2019) 

Construction can start approximately 3 months after the design is completed.  This allows for the project to be advertised for bids from pre-qualified contractors who specialize in stream restoration.  Larger counties and municipalities across Maryland and within the region are designing and constructing similar projects.  It is becoming more and more evident the lack of contractors to complete this type of work.  As a result, there is the potential to award projects but have delayed starts to accommodate constructors schedules. 

3. How long will it take to complete construction?

Approximately 6 months.

Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ) - Funding

1. Is there funding in place to pay for construction? (update 8/9/2019)

Yes.  Funds for construction were approved for fiscal year 2020, which began on July 1, 2019.  

2. How has funding changed since the original design was completed?

Resolution 005-15 Recordation Tax Reallocation was adopted in March 2015 which established a dedicated fund for restoration projects.  This dedicated fund allows the County to sell bonds to fund these projects.  Prior to establishing the dedicated fund, funding for these projects competed with other agencies such as the Sheriffs Office and Schools for general funds.