Water Blog - stormwater

News, notes and thoughts from Blue Water Baltimore.

Examining Microbial Biodiversity

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Recently our Water Quality Monitoring program teamed up with Dr. Robert Hilderbrand, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Appalachian Laboratory, to look at another dimension of water health in the Jones Falls stream.  Here, Dr.…

12 Million Gallons of Sewage and Counting

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Last Wednesday night, the Baltimore region received more than two inches of rain, which led to significant flooding around the region. When large rainstorms like these hit Baltimore, stormwater runoff leaks into our sanitary sewer system through cracks in aging…

Expensive Uncertainty: Cutting Stormwater Funding is a Mistake

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[Note: This guest blog post was written by Liam O’Meara, General Manager at Environmental Quality Resources (EQR).  EQR is one of Blue Water Baltimore’s partners in implementing stormwater projects.] We’ve all heard plenty about Maryland’s stormwater program and the ever-present stormwater…

Build Your Own Rain Barrel

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Are you curious about having a rain barrel for your home, church, or school? Do you like to get your hands dirty and learn new skills? Join Blue Water Baltimore for one of our Spring 2016 rain barrel workshops and build…

McElderry Park Stormwater Projects Are Underway

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We are excited to announce that we have begun construction of two faith-based stormwater projects in the McElderry Park neighborhood in southeast Baltimore. These projects, located at the Prince of Peace Baptist Church and Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, will add significant…

Winterizing Your Rain Barrel

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter. Now that it’s finally getting colder outside, it’s time to make sure your rain barrel is ready for the season. Preparing your barrel for winter, or winterizing it, is simple to do…

Five Plants You Think Are Native But Aren’t

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Because native plants have a long co-evolutionary history with the native wildlife of a location, they are uniquely well-suited choices for the modern garden. In this age of climate-change and habitat destruction, our gardens should do more than just look…