Harford Streams
Green Choices. Healthy Streams.

Barrington  Restoration Project 

Construction start October 2019, completion Fall 2020

The purpose of this project is to improve stream health by stabilizing eroding stream banks and providing additional area for flow during rain storms, This project involves the construction of new stormwater facilities to slow rain runoff and to remove pollutants and the stabilization of approximately 2,500 linear feet of an unnamed tributary to Plumtree Run. This project is located near 1800 Barrington Place, Bel Air, MD between MD Rt 924 and MD Rt 24.

Pre-construction pictures (September 2019) 

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Project Location

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Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ) - Construction 

1. When will construction start? 

Preparation for construction including survey and installation of erosion control devices began October 14th.  Clearing and grading is anticipated to begin mid-October / beginning of November.

2.  What time of day will construction occur?

Working hours are 7 am to 3 pm. The Contractor may work beyond 3 pm with permission from the County.

3.  Will construction occur on the weekends?

The typical work schedule is Monday through Friday. The Contractor can request to work weekends but his would be subject to approval by the County.

4.  How long will it take to complete construction?

Approximately 9 months.

5.  What time of year can construction take place?

For stream restoration,  Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) restricts in-stream construction between March 1 and May 31.  For stormwater management, there are no time of year restrictions for construction.

6.  Who should I contact if I have concerns?

Harford County construction project manager, Tom Pistel (410) 638-3217 tapistel@harfordcountymd.gov


Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ) - Funding

1. How are restoration projects funded?

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.


Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ) - Easements

1.  Can the County construct restoration projects on private property without permission?

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

2. How many properties are impacted by this restoration project?

Four property owners signed easements for this restoration project including - Barrington Community Association, Emmorton Baptist Church, Emmorton Road LLP, and one private property owner.

3. Will the easements be permanent? 

Easements are permanent for areas where new storrmwater management facilities will be constructed.  This provides the County access to conduct maintenance.  Easements are revertible for areas where the stream restoration will be constructed.  After 10 years, the revertible easement is no longer valid and the property within the easement reverts back to the owner without restriction.

Project Design (Final) 

The following engineered design are final approved and permitted plans.

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