Friends of Mill Creek
A Watershed Stewardship Group
Who we are
The Friends of Mill Creek is a group of individuals advocating for practices that ensure the health and sustainability of our waterways. Partnering with ACLT, we network with similar groups, combining resources to collaborate and support the achievement of shared goals. The Friends of Mill Creek will host events, disseminate information, and recruit diverse and wide-spread community involvement, creating opportunities to build appreciation for the natural resources surrounding us.
We strive to be action-oriented and inclusive, engaging broad community support from residents, landowners, watermen, business owners, and developers in being stewards of our natural resources. We will focus on science, be informed by data, and act on results. We will accomplish this work while honoring the rich history of our watershed region and being diligent in protecting its future.
We envision a future where current residents and future generations accept personal responsibility to act as individual leaders in the stewardship of our watershed in order to maintain a fishable, swimmable marine ecosystem.
Water Quality Monitoring
A significant facet of the Friends of Mill Creek mission is to “focus on science, be informed by data, and act on results.” In fulfillment of this mission, our Friends completed an initial round of water quality testing of Mill Creek through ACLT’s Water Quality Blitz in April 2022.
Since 1987, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory has been testing the tidal portions of Mill Creek, documenting variables such as dissolved oxygen, temperature, salinity, and more. The most recent report is from 2019 and can be accessed here. Because there is already extensive data on the tidal portion of the watershed from the past 30+ years, the Friends of Mill Creek felt it sufficient to cover only non-tidal waterways in the April Blitz. Additionally, because this was the first year of testing, only nitrogen (both nitrate and nitrite, represented by NO23) was accounted for. However, all of ACLT’s friends groups hope to increase the breadth of parameters and frequency of testing in coming years.
The map below shows nitrogen results for the six non-tidal sites tested in April 2022. Three of the six sites yielded nitrogen concentrations on the upper end of the spectrum, falling in the “stressed to poor” category. As seen by the map, the three most stressed sites are all located in the same general area, in a portion of the watershed near a golf course and other heavy development. These streams all feed into Lake Lariat, however, the water exiting the lake in MC5 has low levels of nitrogen and is considered “good.”
Can you find yourself on this map of Mill Creek?