Water Blog

News, notes and thoughts from Blue Water Baltimore.

64,000 Rain Gardens for the Chesapeake Bay?

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Do rain gardens really work to protect aquatic wildlife? Researchers at Washington State University decided to find out for sure, and set up a pretty simple but clever test: salmon.  They collected storm water from around the Seattle region and…

3 Do’s and 1 Don’t For Tree Planting

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Fall is a great time for tree planting:  the soil is still warm enough to help roots grow, but lower air temperatures are less stressful on newly transplanted trees. And there are lots of reasons to plant a tree: Trees…

Upcoming Rain Garden Workshops

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If you could significantly reduce the amount of stormwater pollution entering Baltimore’s streams and Harbor by making one easy and attractive change to your yard, wouldn’t you do it? Well, you can and we want to help you do it!…

Eat for Change

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You can make lunch or dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser Monday, September 30th at Chipotle Mexican Grill at 919 East Fort Avenue in Federal Hill/Riverside. Come in any time between 12 noon and 7pm and mention Blue…

A Quick Guide to Asters

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Few of our native plants shine in September and October like asters do. At Herring Run Nursery we are big fans of asters: they add fantastic color to the Fall garden, provide crucial late-season nectar to pollinators (including the migrating Monarch…

YouthWorks 2013 A Big Success

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Since 2003 Blue Water Baltimore has enjoyed hosting a team from Baltimore City’s YouthWorks program. In 2013 we trained and employed eight high school students for six weeks, teaching them the skills to maintain Baltimore’s urban forest. The trainees worked…

Three Easy Ways to Reduce Rain Barrel Flooding

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Rain barrels can be extremely effective at reducing stormwater pollution and our clients love them!  But they are not always trouble-free. Have you been having any issues with your rain barrel in the recent storms? After we experienced a storm…