Moving Right Along at Briers Mill Run

By Margie Noonan and Ashley Parker


You may remember our most recent DNR blog post from December in which we reported on our stream cleanup with GEMS students from William Wirt Middle School, in Riverdale, MD. While winter has slowed down our outdoor restoration efforts, our staff has been hard at work coordinating with engineers and local community members on the process for rebuilding Briers Mill Run and two of its outfalls that have become a danger to the community.  The Anacostia Watershed Society selected KCI Technologies to come up with a design that will stabilize the erosion occurring around the outfalls and improve the Briers Mill Run riparian corridor behind William Wirt.


On March 12, 2014, at 7 pm, we will be speaking with the Riverdale community about the work we are doing along Briers Mill Run, the two hazardous outfalls, and at William Wirt. This meeting is open to the public and we encourage those living in and around the immediate neighborhood to attend. As of now, the designs for the stream restoration and outfall stabilization are 30% complete. The plans include installing pools and riffles in the stream to improve in-stream habitat, and creating step pools to slow and treat stormwater at the outfalls.


We will also be presenting ideas on how the community and school can minimize their stormwater runoff through low impact development practices (or LIDs). LIDs include rain gardens, rain barrels, cisterns, permeable pavers, and using native plants (i.e.: BayScapes).



Briers Mill Run is part of a larger project grant funded by Maryland Department of Natural Resources. As temperatures warm we will renew our cleanup and volunteer outreach efforts. Find out more about upcoming volunteer opportunities on our calendar.



*What: Stakeholder meeting for Briers Mill Run

*Where: The gym auditorium of William Wirt Middle School

               62nd Place & Tuckerman Street

               Riverdale, MD 20737

*When: March 12, 2014 – 7 pm




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