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A Magical Mystery Bus Tour of the Jones Falls Watershed

Blue Water Baltimore is proud to be a founding partner of One Water Partnership, which provides free expertise and technical support to communities of faith in the Jones Falls Watershed to promote greater environmental stewardship and more effective stormwater management. Recently, participants had the opportunity to join a bus tour of some of the partnership’s many member congregations and points in-between. Kelsey Brooks, regional watershed restoration specialist for our fellow partner organization Maryland Sea Grant Extension tells us more:

“As Watershed Restoration Specialists we are called upon to provide assistance to a wide variety of agencies and organizations, and in April, I had the opportunity to ride along on two “Inspirational Bus Tours” for congregations participating in the One Water Partnership. Both tours took us to multiple sites along the length of the Jones Falls. Each tour started at a participating congregation: Mt Lebanon Baptist Church in Baltimore City’s Liberty Square neighborhood across from Druid Hill Park on April 8; and Cathedral of the Incarnation, an Episcopal Cathedral in Baltimore’s Guilford neighborhood on April 29. The first stop was Chizuk Amuno, a Jewish Synagogue in Baltimore County, which sits at the top of the watershed and is the site of a beautiful rain garden that collects roof runoff and two large bioretention facilities that treat runoff from parking lots, which were installed with the assistance of Blue Water Baltimore. The next stop was Homewood Friends …”

Read the rest of Kelsey’s story.



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