Take Action for Clean Water
How can you get involved?
1. Connect with us.
Join our network of clean water advocated by following with us on social media and signing up for email updates.
Plant trees. Make art. Clean up streams. These are just a few of the many fun things you can do as a Blue Water Baltimore volunteer.Learn More
Why take action for clean water?
Our lives depends on access to clean water. Period.
Water cycles throughout our planet and communities in different ways. The way it moves through our urban areas puts this valuable resource at risk. By staying informed, making a pledge for clean water, and volunteering, you can directly make a difference.
In the natural water cycle, water constantly changes from a solid to a liquid to a gas in a never-ending cycle.
- Liquid water evaporates from the Earth’s surface and transpires through plants.
- Water travels through the air as a gas and condenses to form clouds.
- Water falls to Earth as rain, sleet, or snow and is absorbed by plants and soils.
This cycle takes place on a global scale. But in cities like Baltimore, a different cycle dominates: the urban water cycle.
- Rather than being absorbed by soils and plants, over 55% of the rain ends up rushing into the yellow pipes that outfall directly into our waterways. In a natural environment, <10% would runoff into waterways.
- The stormwater carries whatever is on on our streets with it. This means that garbage, pet poop, fertilizer, and pollutants such as gasoline go straight into our streams and rivers.
- Baltimore’s sewer and stormwater pipes are crumbling. Holes and cracks in pipes means that sewage water gets into stormwater. Millions of gallons of raw sewage harm our waterways every year.