Blue Water Blog - environment

News, notes and thoughts from Blue Water Baltimore.



Zoning Can Save Baltimore’s Dipping Pond Run

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Stewards of streams and rivers in highly developed areas like Baltimore inevitably spend more of their energy on restoration than on conservation. We often feel this dynamic at Blue Water Baltimore. Occasionally, though, a true conservation opportunity arises and recently…

Native Plants Make for a Happy Pollinator Week

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This week, Blue Water Baltimore is celebrating National Pollinator Week. Pollinating animals are critical to a healthy ecosystem as well as to urban gardens and farms, so having an excuse to call attention to these vital critters is a welcome…

Eat Your Natives

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In 2012, for the first time ever, Herring Run Nursery was a vendor at the 25th annual Baltimore Herb Festival. We grow and sell native plants primarily for their wildlife value and pollution reduction merits, but it turns out that many native…

The Life Of A Rain Barrel

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Have you ever wondered where those blue and white barrels come from, those “rain barrels”?  You may have heard that they’re recycled, but what does that mean? And how about “food-grade”? Come along for a trip from start to finish…

A Rain Garden Today Keeps Stormwater Away

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Rain is great. I heartily encourage my kids to stick out their tongues and catch a few cold drops of precious spring moisture every April. Rain on impervious surfaces, however, is bad. In our developed environment, impervious surfaces such as…