The ecological value of Arden Pond is immeasurable as it provides a beacon of solitude for the many shy creatures in our neighborhood. Because most of the pond’s border is inaccessible, dense shrubbery has become overgrown and now provides a haven for small birds in the area. Many a birder has been able to catch a glimpse of a kingfisher, little green heron, wood duck, and every once in a while, a bald eagle! Some of the many creatures that call the pond home include muskrats, painted turtles, snapping turtles, bullfrogs, and greenfrogs.
Stormwater runoff is the number one supplier of the water that replenished Arden Pond. Its proximity to the Severn River, as well as its depth in comparison to the river, allows it to retain most of what it receives. However, it should be noted that while the stormwater brings life to Arden Pond, it also carries deposits from erosion taking place in the neighborhood above. Unfortunately, over time, this process has contributed to the flattening of the bottom of the pond as it fills in.
ARDEN POND MAP