We go farther together
We partner with communities, businesses, and congregations in the Baltimore area to plant trees, create rain gardens and other green stormwater infrastructure, and help groups in their fight for clean water and healthy neighborhoods.
Contact us to find out how we can help your organization or community!
Baltimore benefits when great organizations collaborate
Blue Water Baltimore is proud to call Baltimore home, and we’re dedicated to making Charm City’s waterways cleaner and healthier. We know we’re not alone in feeling this way, and if your community group, business, or organization wants to join us, please drop us a line!
Our Partnership Highlights
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Host a Tree Planting
Every year, Blue Water Baltimore’s Restoration team plants thousands of trees in communities around the city.
Increased tree canopy makes neighborhoods cooler, filters pollutants from water heading to rivers and streams, and mitigates the effects of climate change.
Those plantings often start with a community association reaching out to us for help. If you represent a Baltimore neighborhood, give us a call to see how we can help make your neighborhood greener and healthier.
Become a Blue Water Baltimore Impact Partner!
Blue Water Baltimore is proud to partner with a wide variety of local and national businesses to make our work possible. Below you’ll find our current financial sponsors along with links to discover more about them.
To join Blue Water Baltimore as a sponsor partner, contact Maggie Fritz (410-254-1577 x115). Sponsorship opportunities begin at $500 and can include team volunteering, lunch-and-learns, and more– learn more here.
Green Stormwater Infrastructure
Green Stormwater Infrastructure
Blue Water Baltimore works with Baltimore City and County partners (community associations, places of worship, and other organizations) to design and build green stormwater infrastructure (GSI).
GSI serves to minimize the downstream effects of parking lots, roofs, and other impervious surfaces. Impervious surfaces rapidly transport polluted stormwater into our waterways and communities, while GSI aims to counteract that effect by slowing, storing, and filtering stormwater before it reaches our shared streams or causes local flooding events.
Whether you’re looking to revitalize your property with green solutions to stormwater or to treat runoff from a parking lot, we can help!
Please reach out to Patrick McMahon (pmcmahon [at] bluewaterbaltimore.org) or Darin Crew (dcrew[at] bluewaterbaltimore.org).
Trash in the water
Baltimore improves one neighborhood at a time
Green stormwater infrastructure is a cost-effective way to combat stormwater runoff and pollution. Green roofs, rain gardens, and pervious pavement are all examples of green stormwater infrastructure.
Here’s how to get involved
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