Promoting conservation of the natural resources of the
Deer Creek Watershed

Our Mission

The Association advocates for the preservation and conservation of the natural resources within the Deer Creek Watershed for the benefit of the community and future generations. The Association promotes environmental stewardship by educating and encouraging citizens, businesses, politicians and government officials of environmental concerns affecting the Deer Creek Watershed. The overall goal is for a healthy and vibrant watershed that supports diverse aquatic life in balance with the needs of the community.

News & Notes


  • Welcome to the New and Improved Deer Creek Watershed Association Website
    If this is your first time visiting DCWA on the web, we welcome you and hope you find your visit to be educational, motivational, and perhaps even entertaining. For those who have previously checked us out, things should look quite different. Thanks in part to
  • Deer Creek Watershed Association Establishes Scholarship for Harford Community College Students
    The Deer Creek Watershed Association Environmental Science Scholarship at Harford Community College was created by the association in 2015. Association board members David Boniface and Albert Isennock recently presented a check to the scholarship’s first recipient, Patrick Donnelly. The annual $1,000 scholarship will ease the
  • Days Down the Deer Creek
    It was a November night when we pushed our canoe from the sandy shore into the cool trickling creek water. My friend sat in the front and I waded until the 50-degree water reached my knees. I swung a leg over the canoe and continued

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Project to Keep Maryland’s Transportation System in a State of Good Repair

(February 6, 2023) - The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) is beginning a project this week to replace metal barriers (railings) and enhance safety on the MD 161 (Darlington Road) bridge over Deer Creek in Harford County. The $2.7 million project is expected to be complete by fall 2023, weather permitting, and includes:

- replacement of the metal barriers along the 278-foot-long bridge,

- installation of a new traffic warning sign, and

- application of high-friction treatment on the bridge’s approach.

Work will be conducted weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. with temporary lane closures with flagging operations to control two-way traffic while the contractor installs a temporary traffic signal system at the bridge. MDOT SHA contractor Brawner Builders Inc., of Hunt Valley, will use flaggers, electronic signs, barrels and cones to direct two-way traffic through the one-lane bridge work zone. Once the temporary traffic signal system is installed, two-way traffic on one lane of the bridge will be controlled by the signal 24 hours a day, seven days a week until the work is completed. Learn more about the project on the Project Portal Page found here.

As an alternate route, motorists traveling on MD 161 between US 1 (Conowingo Road) and MD 155 (Level Road) may use US 1, MD 136 (Priestford Road) and MD 155. The Harford County Department of Public Works has closed the nearby Stafford Road bridge over Deer Creek (east of MD 161) for a rehabilitation project and is detouring traffic onto MD 161. The county’s bridge project is expected to be complete in spring 2023.

MDOT SHA understands the closures will inconvenience some travelers and asks all motorists to please stay alert and be patient as you pass through the work zone. ​​​​​​​​​​​Motorists in need may dial #77 on their mobile device for roadside assistance.

For a list of all major MDOT SHA projects, go to Project Portal. Visit our homepage at road​​ For a look at real-time traffic conditions, go to​.
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