One Water Partnership

One Water Partnership (previously Blue Water Congregations) provides free technical, design, financial, and landscape expertise and seeks to engage congregations in the Jones Falls Watershed in environmental stewardship.

About the Program

Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake in partnership with Blue Water Baltimore, University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension, and Interfaith Power & Light, started One Water Partnership to help religious groups develop a commitment to reducing pollution. The program aims to raise awareness about human impacts on the Earth and accelerate the implementation of pollution-reduction projects on congregation properties.

With funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, this program is free to congregations within the Jones Falls watershed.


Reduce Pollution

Blue Water Baltimore will be a technical partner for this program advising congregations on ways they can reduce their stormwater runoff pollution. Stormwater runoff is created when rain flows over parking lots, sidewalks, roofs, and other impervious surfaces, picking up oils, trash and chemicals along the way. As property owners, congregations can reduce their contribution of polluted runoff by:

  • Installing Rain Gardens
  • Replacing Impervious Surfaces with Pervious Paving or Landscaping
  • Planting Trees
  • Adding Rain Barrels
  • Educating their Parishioners


Over the course of the two-year grant, our goal is to work with 15 congregations to help them remove 15,000 square feet of impervious surface, develop nutrient management plans at eight congregations, plant 150 trees, and install up to 5,000 square feet of rain gardens.

Get Involved

By participating in the program, this partnership will:

  • Help you build and support congregational Green Teams to strengthen your creation care efforts.
  • Provide you with information and specific ideas for taking action based on assessments from technical partners.
  • Allow you to establish connections to help you sustain your new habits of stewardship.
  • Provide you with $1,000 in seed funds to kick start your initiative.

Become a One Water Partnership Congregation

The first step to becoming a member of the One Water Partnership is by joining Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake on a Spiritual Nature Walk. Click here for more information about the program and to register.