Blue Water Blog - Outreach

News, notes and thoughts from Blue Water Baltimore.



Waterways Shed 10,000 Pounds of Trash

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In mid-November, 260 volunteers joined staff from Blue Water Baltimore and Gunpowder Valley Conservancy to remove trash from local streams during the annual Better Waterways Fall Cleanup. At ten cleanup sites, seven in Baltimore City and three in Baltimore County,…

How to Maintain a Healthy Rain Garden

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You built and installed a beautiful and functional rain garden where the plants, soil, and mulch partner together to absorb and filter urban runoff! Alas, your work is not done. Similar to conventional landscaping rain gardens need some care and maintenance throughout the…

64,000 Rain Gardens for the Chesapeake Bay?

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Do rain gardens really work to protect aquatic wildlife? Researchers at Washington State University decided to find out for sure, and set up a pretty simple but clever test: salmon.  They collected storm water from around the Seattle region and…

Building Watershed Heroes in Baltimore

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[Note:  This week we are joining author Jennifer Chambers, the Chesapeake Bay Trust, and the Alice Ferguson Foundation in a blog tour to celebrate children as watershed heroes, which is the subject of her new book aimed at young people.]…

Storm Drain Stenciling in Baltimore

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[Note: Amy Dewan is the Americorps Storm Drain Arts Coordinator for Blue Water Baltimore. She is an  environmental justice organizer, educator, and artist from Baltimore, MD.]   With a mere week left in my AmeriCorps term here at Blue Water Baltimore,…

Rain Barrel As Bulletin Board

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This past Sunday was a beautiful day: great for playing (or watching) football, taking a nice fall walk or exploring  Herring Run Park. Better yet, it was a great day for creating rain barrels. The Hall Springs section of Herring…