Want to create change together?
To restore the health of the Bird River, Middle River and Tidal Gunpowder watersheds--the local creeks, streams and rivers, and ultimately, our Chesapeake Bay--positive changes in action and behavior are needed by all segments of society: government, institutions, business and industry, developers, watershed organizations, community associations and homeowners alike.
Clear Creeks: Our Water, Our Heritage, Our Pride offers residents and homeowners in all three watersheds easy ways to get involved in a collective effort to improve the water quality and clarity of local waterways.
By planting trees, cleaning streams, and instituting rainwater management in our own backyards, we can help reduce the polluted storm water runoff that destroys plant and animal life in and around the water and makes it impossible for us to see our toes.
But we can’t do it alone.
That’s why the Clear Creeks Project is about working together--creek by creek, yard by yard, neighborhood by neighborhood--all of us doing our small part to make a big impact. No matter who you are or how close you live to a river, creek or cove, every member of the community counts, and the pride each of us takes in our waterways makes the difference. The question is: What practices most appeal to you?
Be sure to check out our Calendar of Events for a listing of all upcoming events and visit the Tree Plantings, Creek CleanUps, Conservation Gardens, Rain Barrels and Go Bay-Wise pages to discover the many ways Clear Creeks neighbors are helping themselves and each other to see more feets!
The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy
The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy (GVC), coordinating partner of the Clear Creeks Project, is a local, non-profit organization that helps communities preserve and beautify their watersheds through environmental stewardship programs.
Through the Clear Creeks Project, the GVC assists residents in implementing what the Small Watershed Action Plans (see Our Challenge page for discussion of SWAPs) term “citizen-based restoration strategies,” actions that individual residents can take in their own yards and neighborhoods.
Such citizen-based strategies include planting trees, cleaning waterways and engaging in bay-friendly gardening practices, like installing rain barrels and planting rain gardens and bayscapes.
By working together, the GVC and its numerous Clear Creeks community supporters and project partners all believe that significant improvements for our waterways can occur, and everyone can do his or her part to “see our feets in our creeks” again.
To fund the first three years of the Clear Creeks Project, the GVC applied for and received grants from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Chesapeake Bay Trust, Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, Baltimore Gas and Electric, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and from the GVC itself.
Due to the generous support of these funders, the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy is able to offer free services and cost sharing of labor and materials to Bird River, Middle River and Tidal Gunpowder residents in a variety of ways. In addition to free workshops and presentations on bay-friendly gardening practices, homeowners can take advantage of significant cost reductions in the following ways:
Cost share is available to Bird River, Middle River and Tidal Gunpowder watershed residents while funds and supplies last.
Our Community Partners
Over the course of the first three years, the Clear Creeks Project has engaged over 1,550 residents in citizen-based watershed restoration strategies. We are proud of the strong community support we have received from our project partners:
We are looking to the future with plans to increase residential participation and environmental impact in 2016 and 2017. See our past accomplishments and future goals: