Mission and History

Our Mission

Blue Water Baltimore’s mission is to restore the quality of Baltimore’s rivers, streams and Harbor to foster a healthy environment, a strong economy, and thriving communities.

We work toward a future when our streams, rivers and Harbor are healthy, thriving ecosystems that are accessible and safe for citizens, visitors, and commerce.

To achieve these goals, we monitor Baltimore area waterways for pollution. We organize trash cleanups, plant trees on public land, and provide green infrastructure to reduce stormwater runoff. We advocate for stronger laws for clean water, both locally and statewide.

Our History

In 2010, five local, grassroots environmental organizations dedicated to caring for their neighborhood streams, decided to join forces and collectively address water quality issues in Baltimore. We knew that we could accomplish far more together than we could as separate entities.

These five local organizations, which we call our “legacy organizations” were the Jones Falls Watershed Association, the Gwynns Falls Watershed Association, the Herring Run Watershed Association, the Baltimore Harbor Watershed Association and the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper.

With the support and dedication of our staff, board, amazing volunteers, and generous donors, we are now one of the largest environmental groups in Maryland.

Join the Clean Water Movement

Blue Water Baltimore depends on the generous donor support and partnerships with passionate community members to restore the water quality our rivers, streams and Baltimore Harbor. Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to the many individuals, corporations, foundations, government grants, and special events that help bring our mission to life.

Join the clean water movement and donate to Blue Water Baltimore, sign up to volunteer or learn how you can reduce your stormwater footprint.

PCS 2013 Curtis Bailey
One of our passionate volunteers, leading the way with bold commitment, to help cleanup trash and restore recreational and water access to our Baltimore waterways.