Sharp Leadenhall Street Tree Tour

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Last week, United States Senator Benjamin Cardin joined Blue Water Baltimore and the South Baltimore Partnership to tour street trees in the the Sharp Leadenhall neighborhood and discuss the importance of strong community partnerships.

Betty Bland-Thomas, President of South Baltimore Partnership, demonstrated her outstanding efforts to the Senator in engaging young people into the larger neighborhood greening efforts. From after school programs to hosting a green team each summer, the South Baltimore Partnership is modeling the way to build strong neighborhood connections that promote environmental health.

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Efforts to Restore the Chesapeake Bay

As a lifelong champion for Chesapeake Bay restoration, Senator Cardin greatly appreciated the time to see and learn about these restoration accomplishments at the urban neighborhood level, which are a critical component in restoring the bay.

Senator Cardin updated everyone in attendance on his efforts to promote oyster aquaculture which is a growing Maryland industry that has significant water quality benefits, and connected the work we are doing in Baltimore to the overall effort to restore the bay.

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Restoration Accomplishments

Sharp Leadenhall, the neighborhood that we toured, is located between Federal Hill and Ravens Stadium. We walked the streets to see the 44 trees planted along the sidewalks and in Solo Gibbs Park. Blue Water Baltimore showed Senator Cardin how our organization both creates new street tree pits for new trees, and expands existing tree pits to improve the health of the trees.

In partnership with South Baltimore Partnership, Blue Water
Baltimore has planted 44 new trees and removed 3,434 square
feet of concrete over the past two years in Sharp Leadenhall.

The tour was arranged by Kimberly Williams, Coordinator with the Clean Water Network. All of us at Blue Water Baltimore working to restore urban environments greatly appreciate the opportunity made possible by the Clean Water Network in promoting our efforts, thank you!

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Featured in the above photograph from left to right: Blue Water Baltimore Senior Manager for Advocacy and Public Policy John Berard, Blue Water Baltimore Director of Programs Carl Simon, United States Senator Benjamin Cardin, Blue Water Baltimore Senior Manager for Nursery and Forestry Darin Crew, President of South Baltimore Partnership Betty Bland-Thomas, and Clean Water Network Coordinator Kimberly Williams.