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Blue Water Congregations Rainwater Hazard Waste

Blue Water Congregations provides free technical, design, financial and landscape expertise to identify and implement stormwater reduction strategies at faith-based institutions within our watersheds.

About the Program

Blue Water Baltimore in partnership with Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake started Blue Water Congregations to help religious groups identify and implement stormwater reduction.

With funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, this outstanding program is free to congregations within the Gwynns Falls, Jones Falls, Herring Run and Baltimore Harbor watersheds.

Reduce Stormwater Runoff

Stormwater runoff is created when rain flows over parking lots, sidewalks, roofs, and other impervious surfaces, picking up oils, trash and chemicals along the way. As property owners, congregations can reduce their contribution of polluted runoff by:

  • Installing Rain Gardens

  • Replacing Impervious Surfaces with Pervious Paving or Landscaping

  • Planting Trees

  • Adding Rain Barrels

  • Educating their Parishioners

Over the course of the three-year grant, our goal is to work with 84 congregations to help them remove 25,000 square feet of impervious surface, plant 12,000 square feet of rain gardens, and redirect 75 downspouts to lawns, landscaping, or rain barrels.


Become Involved

By participating in the program, you will work with Blue Water Baltimore and Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake to:

  • Discuss the congregation’s environmental concerns and priorities for action.
  • Obtain a free site assessment of your property for professional project recommendations.
  • After deciding on projects, receive help with grant applications to fund the projects’ design and installation.
  • Become a leader in your community for environmental stewardship.

Congregations are asked to communicate to other groups what they have learned, the projects they implemented, and the ways that polluted runoff can be addressed at home and work. This can take place after the project is installed, and offers educational and spiritual guidance for your congregants. Blue Water Baltimore and Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake can provide training and outreach materials to help spread the word.

Become a Blue Water Congregation

Blue Water Baltimore site assessments provide recommendations, for faith-based and academic institutions. Recommendations might include rain barrels, rain gardens, tree plantings, or pavement reductions.

Sign up for a free Site Assessment today or Email our Senior Manager for Innovative Stormwater Projects for more details.