Blue Water Baltimore and MedStar Harbor Hospital are pleased to announce that we have selected Stormwater Maintenance, LLC as the prime contractor for the Clean Water Community Healing Project! This is a major milestone in what will be our largest restoration project to-date, and we are thrilled to have such an excellent team of partners working with us on our effort to reshape MedStar Harbor Hospital’s campus through “green” infrastructure. Together we will reduce environmental impact and promote the hospital’s healing mission. Innovative stomwater management techniques will prevent pollution from washing into Baltimore Harbor, allowing rain and stormwater to soak into the ground and nourish the plants and trees on site instead.
We can’t wait to break in ground in June. Once complete, the project will treat over three football fields worth of stormwater runoff and plant 25,000 new native shrubs and perennials! In addition to improving water quality nearby, the project will also create healing gardens with native plants and trees, to help improve the physical and mental health of patients, hospital staff and visitors, and increase important habitat for native wildlife and pollinators. This initiative — the largest of its kind so far in Baltimore — is a unique collaboration between the hospital and Blue Water Baltimore, bringing an important local medical institution and a leading environmental non-profit together in pursuit of greater health and resilience for Baltimore residents and the local environment.
Blue Water Baltimore appreciates all of our partners who have supported this large scale greening initiative including MedStar Harbor Hospital, CityScape Engineering, JMT Engineering, Plisko Sustainable Solutions, and now Stormwater Maintenance, LLC. The project’s design was funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust and construction is funded by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.