Mission and History
Blue Water Baltimore is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to restore the quality of Baltimore’s rivers, streams and harbor to foster a healthy environment, a strong economy, and thriving communities.
We work toward a future when our streams, river and Harbor are healthy, thriving ecosystems that are accessible and safe for citizens, visitors and commerce. To achieve these goals, we monitor the Baltimore area waterways for pollution. We organize trash cleanups, plant trees on public land, and provide green infrastructure to reduce stormwater runoff. We advocate for stronger laws for clean water, both locally and statewide.
Blue Water Baltimore began in 2010, when five local, grassroots environmental organizations, each dedicated to caring for their neighborhood stream, decided to join forces and collectively address water quality issues in Baltimore. We knew that we could accomplish far more together than we could as separate entities. These five local organizations, which we call our “legacy organizations” were the Jones Falls Watershed Association, the Gwynns Falls Watershed Association, the Herring Run Watershed Association, the Baltimore Harbor Watershed Association and the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper.
With the support and dedication of our staff, board, amazing volunteers, and generous donors, we are now one of the largest environmental groups in Maryland.
Blue Water Baltimore Watershed Center
Blue Water Baltimore has its headquarters at the Blue Water Baltimore Watershed Center in the Belair-Edison neighborhood. The building has earned the prestigious LEED NC Gold certification for its environmentally friendly design and construction. It is home to a vibrant community education center and Blue Water Baltimore workshops.
The Blue Water Baltimore Watershed Center was the first building in the city to receive LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The building is a model of green design, utilizing the most up to date techniques to use less water, lower energy use and blend in with the natural landscape.
Join the Clean Water Movement
Blue Water Baltimore depends on the generous financial support and partnership of concerned community members to restore the water quality our rivers, streams and Baltimore Harbor. Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to the many individuals, corporations, foundations, government grants, and special events that enable us to do our work.