Parts of the Chesapeake Bay watershed contain a high percentage of impervious cover – paved or other hard surfaces such as roofs and roadways that prevent rain water from being absorbed into the ground. Instead, water runs along these surfaces, collecting trash and substances such as motor oil, lawn fertilizers, and pesticides. This polluted stormwater flows into streams and rivers, where it threatens aquatic ecosystems and public health. Effective stormwater management, on the other hand, creates safe paths for polluted runoff to be captured and filtered through the ground before it reaches waterways. This helps keep the environment clean and our communities healthy!
Project Location: Baltimore, MD
Problem: The Bridgeview/Greenlawn community on Riggs Avenue in Baltimore had a high percentage of impervious cover, which prevented rain water infiltration, created flooding issues in the neighborhood, and contributed polluted runoff to nearby streams and the Chesapeake Bay.
Solution: With guidance from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, a community open space was created by removing pavement and installing plants. The new space not only creates a community gathering spot but is expected to manage 242,000 gallons of stormwater per year. Ongoing maintenance will be conducted by the Bridgeview/Greenlawn Community Association with support from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and other project partners.
Partners: 1st Impressions; Biohabitats Inc; Bridgeview/Greenlawn Communty Association; Civic Works; Coppin Heights Community Development Corporation; Chesapeake Bay Foundation; Episcopal Dioceses of Maryland; Holy Trinity Church; James Mosher Associates; Mosher Elementary School; Washington Gas Energy Services