Prevent flooding with GVC’s Bay-Wise project
Boaters, pool members, and outdoorsy people alike might remember the summer of 2018 as the one that got away. With all the rain, it is safe to say that flooding has been on a lot of our minds in recent months. The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy’s Clear Creeks Project is hosting a free community event—Bay-Wise Project Open House— on Saturday September 22nd that will showcase ways that homeowners and businesses can reduce flooding and erosion while promoting the health of local waterways.
The Bay-Wise Project Open House will take place from 10 am – 2 pm on the grounds of the Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association (BCGF) at 3400 Northwind Road, Baltimore, MD 21234. Enjoy light refreshments while exploring the site’s rain barrels, rain gardens, native Bayscape gardens, and tree plantings; consulting with gardening and landscaping experts, and learning about cost incentives for you to implement them on your property.
The Open House is the capstone event of BCGF’s year-long Bay-Wise Project conducted in partnership with the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy’s (GVC) grantfunded, community-based Clear Creeks Project. “GVC selected BCGF due to its location in our CCKs project focus area of the Lower Gunpowder Falls watershed, its mission statement for conservation and protection of our natural world, and due to the enthusiasm of the President of the club, Wayne Jacobs, to meet that mission while resolving storm water runoff issues on the property,” says GVC Director of Education and Restoration Peg Perry. Since 2012, GVC’s Clear Creeks Project has been helping residents and institutions in the Middle River, Tidal Gunpowder, Bird River, and Lower Gunpowder Falls watersheds improve water quality through rain barrels, rain gardens, native Bayscape gardens, tree plantings, stream adoptions, and Bay-Wise landscaping practices.
BCGF was a natural partner for GVC’s 2018 Chesapeake Bay Trust grant to install Bay-Wise practices and help educate the community about how such practices improve water quality. Founded in 1936, BCGF’s mission has been to improve wildlife preservation through education, conservation, and support of related legislation.
If you live in one of the Clear Creeks Project watersheds, which includes parts of Middle River, White Marsh, Nottingham, and Perry Hall, you are also eligible for significant cost savings on one or more of the best management practices (BMPs) the Project is promoting. Residents in Clear Creeks target watersheds receive a 50% discount on rain barrels, and several barrels will be sold at the Open House. You can also sign up at the event for a free yard assessment by GVC’s professional landscaping team and be placed on a waiting list for a rain garden at 80% discount.
Maybe you’d like some expert help to get you off on the right foot? The University of Maryland Extension Baltimore County Master Gardeners will have a table at the Open House where you can consult with them about specific challenges on your property and find out how switching to some BayWise practices can lighten your gardening load, which is good for you and good for our Chesapeake Bay.