2011 In Review
Now that winter is almost upon us, we have a chance to take a breather and look back on what we’ve done this year. And what a year it was! From Blue Water Baltimore’s official launch in January to Operation Nursery Blanket this coming Saturday, 2011 has been full of fun events and fresh faces, challenges and successes–and above all, great strides towards clean water in Baltimore’s streams, rivers, and Harbor.
- Over half a million gallons of runoff have been eliminated from the storm sewer system through rain barrel installs and simple downspout disconnections
- 7 residents have installed 9 rain gardens, capturing nearly 200,000 gallons of rooftop runoff each year
- 14 residents have converted approximately 2,500 square feet of turf grass and exposed soil to conservation landscaping
- 0.8 acres of impervious pavement converted to native landscaping, preventing over 950,000 gallons of runoff per year
- 223 volunteers at our biggest de-pave event, the Pavement to Prairie Party at ACCE
- New green spaces at 3 schools and 1 neighborhood in Baltimore City
- Nearly doubled our sales from last year, with $90,000 in revenue
- Sold over 7,000 trees, shrubs, vines, and perennials
- Started building a hoop house to shelter our plants during the winter months
- Gave away 435 trees to homeowners through our County and TreeBaltimore giveaway events
- Over 5,000 volunteers gave 11,300 hrs
- 2,115 native trees and shrubs were planted on public and institutional property
- 1288 trees were released from non-native, invasive vines
- Over 78,000 lbs of trash were removed from local waterways, including 46 sites during Project Clean Stream
- 513 storm drains were marked to educate communities about the stormwater system
- 70 volunteers were trained to recognize and report pollution
- Six new staff members were hired in 2011, for a grand total of 18 full- and part-time staff
- Halle Van der Gaag took the helm as Blue Water Baltimore’s Executive Director
- Over 200 people attended Berry Festival, our summer celebration of volunteers
- More than 300 supporters attended the annual Trash Bash
- Make a gift before the end of the year and your gift will double through a generous match from a local foundation.
- Give a gift in a loved one’s name. We will notify your loved one to let them know support was given to BWB in their name.
- Take advantage of the Community Investment Tax Credit, worth 50% of your gift of $500 or more on top of your normal deduction. More information is available here.
- Help us treat our volunteers right. We always need donations of nonperishable snacks or gift cards to local restaurants to help us feed our volunteers in the field
- Volunteer with us yourself!
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