Stony, Nabbs and Cox creeks are healthy but still suffer the aches and pains of heavy suburban development.
That's the diagnosis in a 94-page report released by the Northern Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce's Tri-Creek Committee.
The prescribed remedy? Community-based cleanups, such as those planned this weekend, said Randy Jones, chairman of the Tri-Creek Committee.
The report identifies 75 trash-dumping areas that need cleaning, 48 eroding banks that need reinforcement, 10 barriers to fish migration, and other potential problems along the three waterways.
Mr. Jones said the report -- prepared with the help of Maryland Save Our Streams, a non-profit advocacy group, and Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., which operates two electricity-generating plants on Cox Creek and the Patapsco River -- is meant to be a blueprint for community action.
He hopes neighborhood associations and other groups will step forward to tackle the problems outlined. "Some projects will be as easy as organizing a weekend cleanup, going into the woods and hauling out the trash," he said.
Mr. Jones said volunteers will tackle five of the trash-dumping areas beginning at 9 a.m. tomorrow. Their efforts will target the Cox Creek shoreline, Chestnut Hill Cove off Double Chestnut Court, Elizabeth's Landing off Scorton Harbor Court and both sides of Freetown Road.
On Sunday, volunteers set their sights on San-Gria Court, which drains into Stony Creek.
Additional help is welcome. In addition to volunteers on Saturday, the organizers also are looking for small boats, particularly for work along the Cox Creek shoreline, and high, waterproof boots for wading near Brady Cove and Chestnut Hill Cove.
On Sunday, volunteers with pickup trucks are needed.
For more information about the pollution survey or to volunteer for this weekend's cleanup, call Mr. Jones at 437-1959.