Clean Water Champions
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, we are honored to recognize the impact of 9 Clean Water Champions in the Baltimore Watershed: individuals and entities who truly embody the values of this monumental legislation in the 21st century, and who have devoted their careers and lives in service of the waterways and Baltimore’s strong communities. Clean Water Champions—thank you for all you do.
Rita Crews & Malika Brown
Rita Crews and Malika Brown provide hundreds of hours of support to Blue Water Baltimore. Laser focused, Crews and Brown’s unceasing effort has been integral in documenting sewage backup crises in Baltimore’s Belair Edison and Cherry Hill neighborhoods.
Downtown Sailing Center
The Downtown Sailing Center has connected Baltimoreans of all abilities with the waterways for the last 28 years. Their constant support of both Blue Water Baltimore and the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper has been invaluable to the continued success of our Water Quality Monitoring program: lending a boat in times of need, providing storage and capacity, and so much more.
Project Manager at the Back River Restoration Committee, Desiree Greaver, is among the most tenacious leaders advocating for the Back River and its communities in the face of deteriorating conditions at the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant. Greaver works closely with the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper team and was a key force in launching our new Community Sampling program.
Stafford Oliver has selflessly given more than 70 hours of service to our Restoration programs, supporting more than 20 tree plantings in just 5 years across Baltimore City and County. He loves to prune the city’s street trees and lead demonstrations at plantings. A card carrying Tree Keeper and Weed Warrior, Oliver sees urban forestry as an opportunity to restore a sense of justice in Baltimore.
As an active member of Blue Water Baltimore’s Board of Directors, Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) Committee, and Development Committee, Carlton Sexton provides a helping hand to nearly all aspects of this organization’s work. He is known for his hands-on approach with keen attention to detail. Whether at a volunteer event or a planning meeting, he’s driving progress forward with his gregarious spirit and love for the watershed.
Dave Barrett and Nancy Sacci
Dave Barrett and Nancy Sacci have provided hundreds of hours of service, both to Herring Run Nursery and to our Restoration projects. Their expertise and green thumbs have cultivated thousands of plants and helped forest neighborhoods across the city.
Stillmeadow Community Fellowship
Stillmeadow Community Fellowship holds a deeply personal commitment to installing green stormwater infrastructure in their Frederick Avenue community. Planting rain gardens, cultivating a climate-adaptive peace park, and hosting tree giveaways and plantings, Stillmeadow is building healthy waterways through work in their own backyard.