Blue Water Blog - Author Archives: Taylor Smith-Hams

News, notes and thoughts from Blue Water Baltimore.



Take Action! Protect Our Urban Tree Canopy

photo of trees from a vantage point of looking up at them
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If you follow our work at Blue Water Baltimore, you know that we are all about trees. Why? Trees clean our air and water, reduce flooding, lower temperatures and energy bills, improve public health and social cohesion, and beautify our…

Action Alert: Speak Up Against Sewage Backups!

Community members rally in front of City Hall in November 2019 with poop-shaped signs with slogans like "sewage stinks!"
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Sewage doesn’t belong in our streams – or our homes.  Sewage backs up into thousands of homes in Baltimore every year due to heavy rainfall coupled with the city’s crumbling infrastructure. These backups put residents’ health, homes, and financial security…

Make a Nature Collage!

A nature collage of an underwater scene.
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If you’ve got kids at home you need to keep busy or just want a fun activity to do yourself, try making a nature collage celebrating local flora and fauna. Making a nature collage is a simple way to get…

Legislative Session Overview

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Maryland’s Legislative Session adjourned early on March 18th for the first time since the Civil War due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With a shorter session and the need for emergency legislation to address this growing public health crisis, our legislators…

Stuck at Home? Design a Reusable Bag!

reusable bag design contest
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In anticipation of Baltimore’s plastic bag ban, we’re partnering with the Office of Sustainability on a design contest for reusable bags to give out to city residents.  Earlier in January, before we fell into the grips of a global pandemic,…