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.

1. Connect with us.

Join our network of clean water advocated by following with us on social media and signing up for email updates.

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2. Make a pledge.

It’s so easy to take small steps that make a big difference. Take part in our Clean Choices Clean Water campaign by making one of these pledges:

  1. Clean up pet poo.

  2. Plant and take care of trees.

  3. Use less fertilizer on your lawn.

  4. Take part in service.

Pledge Here

 

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3. Volunteer!

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

 

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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.

In the Natural Water Cycle, water is relatively safe from trash and pollution. 

  • 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. Less than 10% of this water would runoff into our streams and rivers.

In cities like Baltimore, a different cycle dominates: the Urban Water Cycle.

  • Rather than being absorbed by soils and plants, 1/2 of all rain rushes straight into our waterways.

  • This runoff carries whatever is on on our streets with it. This means that trash, pet poop, fertilizer, and pollutants such as gasoline are getting into our streams and rivers.

  • Cities like Baltimore need pipe systems that cycle water out of the city and into our waterways. Baltimore has two systems: a sewer system (in orange) and a stormwater system (in yellow).

  • Both our sewer and stormwater systems are crumbling. Holes and cracks in pipes causes sewage to mix with stormwater. This leads to millions of gallons of raw sewage into our waterways every year.

 

By staying informed, making a pledge for clean water, and volunteering, you can directly make a difference!