Did you know that stormwater runoff is the major cause of water pollution in Anne Arundel County?
Working together, over 50 partners are implementing the RainScaping Campaign to improve the health of Anne Arundel County's tributaries and the Chesapeake Bay. The campaign highlights pollutants carried to our waterways in stormwater runoff such as sediment, excess nutrients from overuse of fertilizers, pesticides, oils, metals, and other contaminants; as well as the lack of natural filtering processes and infiltration. The RainScaping Campaign promotes a comprehensive approach to easy-to-use solutions to clean up our streams, creeks, rivers, and the Chesapeake Bay. RainScaping techniques such as installing rain gardens, native trees and shrubs, rain barrels, and permeable pavers are proven and widely-accepted attractive landscaping techniques that effectively manage stormwater runoff at the source, while protecting natural resources and providing wildlife habitat. RainScaping = Beautiful Solutions to Water Pollution!
Adams Academy is a public alternative education program serving 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in Anne Arundel County Maryland. Adams Academy is a safe, structured, and supportive environment that will foster academic achievement, social skills, self-discovery, and personal growth in all of our students. It is also the home of the CEC Arboretum, with 24 NativePlant Demonstration Gardens and Sites.
Alliance for Sustainable Communities works to design a human life-style that follows natural patterns and inspires creative problem solving by engaging people as part of the multitude of extraordinary species of life whose richness inspires the spirit and nourishes existence. The guiding principle is that sound environmental policies create jobs, make industry more efficient, help people identify their personal needs with those of their neighbors and those of the earth, provide leadership toward social and environmental justice.
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is a regional nonprofit organization that builds and fosters partnerships to protect and to restore the Bay and its rivers. The Alliance does not lobby or litigate. Instead, they do the slow, hard work of bridging dialogue between groups that don't see eye-to-eye, forming strategies for joint solutions, and building the capacity of communities for local-level action.
The Annapolis Environmental Commission (AEC) is comprised of nine city residents appointed by the Mayor, confirmed by majority vote of the city council, and serve for a three-year term. This group of concerned citizens is committed to retaining and restoring the environmental quality of the city. AEC meets monthly to discuss issues and organize activities to fulfill its mission and meet its strategic priorities. Mission: To promote the protection and improvement of the natural health and welfare of the environment of the City of Annapolis through public education, community service and participation in city environmental policy.
Annapolis Green states its mission is to be THE place to get local information on how to Go Green and live an environmentally responsible life — easily — in the Annapolis area. We believe the way to accomplish this is for the community to participate. We welcome your ideas, tips, know-how, links and recommendations of Bay-friendly products and services so we can make good decisions.
The Annapolis Maritime Museum seeks to connect the richness of the maritime heritage of the Annapolis area with our local youth and adults. The Museum operates from a waterside campus on the shores of Back Creek, with unequaled views of Annapolis Harbor and the Chesapeake Bay. The Museum campus is the site of the last remaining oyster packing plant in the area, the McNasby's Oyster Packing Company. Since the McNasby building was severely damaged by Hurricane Isabel in 2003, the Museum's Board of Directors, staff and dedicated volunteers have worked to raise funds to restore the building to create the Bay Experience Center – an interactive facility like no other.
The Anne Arundel County Public Library has 15 branches offering a wide selection of materials to residents, including fiction and non-fiction books, periodicals, CDs, DVDs, downloadable eBooks and other online resources, as well as public computer and Internet access. The Library also provides public meeting spaces, programs for education and entertainment and homework and research assistance, among other services.
Anne Arundel County Master Gardeners are volunteers for the Maryland Cooperative Extension who share an enthusiasm for home gardening, and a desire to help other people with their home landscape questions. They have received 40 hours of formal training on a variety of horticultural topics from the Maryland Cooperative Extension, and have passed a qualifying exam. Master Gardeners may provide information to home gardeners through plant clinics, participation in demonstration sites, and other community events. Our Mission: We strive to educate citizens and help them to apply practical, research-based knowledge to critical issues facing individuals, families, communities, the State and the world. County Extension offices are located in each of Maryland's 23 counties and in Baltimore City.
The Watershed Ecosystem and Restoration Services Division (WERS) is located in the Bureau of Engineering in Anne Arundel County's Department of Public Works. The division develops and delivers technical environmental assessment, planning, and implementation information and regulatory support to the Department of Public Works, Inspections and Permits; and Planning and Zoning. This support enables these agencies to carry out their responsibilities for successfully managing delegated programs outlined in the County's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES-MS4) Permit, the State's Critical Area program, and the State Forest Conservation Act, as their responsibilities for land use decisions set fourth in the County Code.
Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center is the Outdoor Education Program of Anne Arundel County Public Schools. Their motto summarizes their vision, "Enabling students and parents to respect and care for our natural environment when no one is watching." For thirty-three years we have provided an interdisciplinary outdoor education program for Anne Arundel County teachers, students, and parents by utilizing our site in Millersville as well as other satellite sites throughout the county. Each school year we serve over 25,000+ students and 8,000+ adults at our outdoor education facilities.
Blacks of the Chesapeake Foundation (BOCF) has, for more than 20 years, been dedicated to archiving, documenting, and sharing the legacy of African-American achievement, fostering environmental conservation and preservation, and facilitating the continued economic success of the Chesapeake Bay maritime trade and seafood-related industries.
Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) - is the only independent 501(c)(3) organization dedicated solely to restoring and protecting the Chesapeake Bay and its tributary rivers. Founded 40 years ago, CBF's goal has been to improve water quality by reducing pollution. The motto, Save the Bay, has been the battle cry for that goal.
The mission of Chesapeake Children's Museum is to create an environment of discovery about oneself, the peoples, the technologies, and the ecology of the Chesapeake Bay area for all our children and for the children in us all.
Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council is a coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to researching, promoting, and educating the public about conservation-based gardening and landscaping practices in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The Council is committed to fostering changes in public attitudes and the implementation of practices that result in a cleaner, healthier and more beautiful environment benefiting residents and the region's biological diversity.
Chesapeake Ecology Center (CEC) is dedicated to promoting and educating the public about community greening and conservation landscaping practices for the Chesapeake Bay watershed that result in a healthier and more beautiful environment benefiting residents and the region's biological diversity. The CEC Arboretum is situated on 10 acres along the tidal headwaters of College Creek in Annapolis, Maryland at Adams Academy Middle School. Since its beginning in 2002, the area has grown and bloomed into 30 Native Plant Demonstration Gardens and Sites.
Chesapeake Environmental Protection Association (CEPA) - works to restore the Chesapeake Bay by affecting environmental policy and action. CEPA provides education on Bay issues and encourages public activism and involvement in both legislation and enforcement. Our goal is sustainable growth in the region — a future where our precious natural resources are in balance with their use.
Choose Clean Water’s mission is to restore clean water to the rivers and streams of the Chesapeake region. The Choose Clean Water coalition brings together people and more than 130 organizations from Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia, working together to help everyone in the region choose clean water.
City of Annapolis—Recreation and Parks Department gives Annapolis area residents the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors and the grace of nature at its many community parks and facilities. With more than 200 acres of park land, Annapolis is dedicated to the leisure interests of its residents. The City partnered with the Maryland Department of the Environment to develop a major Stormwater Education Experience (SEE) initiative at Back Creek Nature Park, located at 1314 Edgewood Road. This working stormwater control system contains interactive learning stations including a faux beaver dam, water pumps and eco-paver parking lot. Eighteen on-site learning stations will educate local school children and families from around the region about how stormwater run-off and other natural occurring events help or harm our waterways, including the Chesapeake Bay.
Educators Connecting Research to the K-16 Classroom - We translate the work of research and field experts into doable, highly active and motivational activities for youth. Our activities are designed for all creative educators working to engage young people with real world learning opportunities whether the location is scouts, summer camps, family programs, after school programs, or more formal classrooms.
Environmental Center at Anne Arundel Community College supports the College's mission through applied research projects designed to address local environmental necessities. However, Maryland has been described as America in miniature because of its great diversity of natural resources. The types of environmental challenges confronting Maryland's people, government, industries, and civic organizations are very similar to those confronting several areas of the country. Through collaborative work with our many sponsors, the Center is able to assist in the development of solutions to a variety of contemporary environmental problems.
Environmental Concern Inc. is a 501(c)3 public not for profit corporation, promotes the public understanding and stewardship of wetlands with the goal of improving water quality and enhancing nature's habitat through wetland outreach and education, native species horticulture, and the restoration, construction and enhancement of wetlands. http://www.wetland.org
The mission of the Four Rivers Garden Club shall be to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening and floral design among amateurs: to aid in the protection of native plants and birds, bees and butterflies; to encourage civic and community planting; and to promote environmental responsibility.
The Friends of Quiet Waters Park is a non-profit organization founded in 1990 and duly registered in the state of Maryland. The objective of the Friends is to support the operations of Quiet Waters Park - an Anne Arundel County Park - and to receive and maintain funds and real and/or personal property and apply such assets to:
-the operation, preservation, development, and enrichment of Quiet Waters Park
-furthering public education, awareness, research, interest in, and appreciation for the history, ecology, environment, and recreational aspects of Quiet Waters Park
-sponsoring affiliate organizations to facilitate the above named objectives
-engage in any other activity, as may be desirable, in support of the above named activities
Greater Crofton Council - An Association of Community Associations. The Greater Crofton Council (GCC) is a non-profit, non-partisan, community activist group that was founded by John Klocko in 1990. The GCC represents communities and organizations in the Greater Crofton-Gambrills area.
The Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis (HACA) was founded in 1937 to provide affordable housing in Annapolis for families who lack the means to purchase or rent housing at market prices. HACA's mission is to achieve excellence in the housing industry by providing housing opportunities, self-efficient opportunities, and customer satisfaction to enhance the quality of life for very-low, low and moderate-income residents.
The Sanctuary protects more than 1,500 acres of natural lands along the Patuxent River estuary in southern Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Each year about 10,000 people visit the Sanctuary to enjoy the scenery, to view wildlife, and to participate in educational and research programs. The Friends of Jug Bay have prepared a Fact Sheet that describes the Sanctuary, the unique character of the Jug Bay area, and several issues that could have a negative impact on the local environment. The Sanctuary has three primary goals:
1. To Provide Environmental Education Opportunities
2. To Conduct Ecological Research
3. To Conserve and Protect the Jug Bay Ecosystem
Lower Western Shore Tributary Team is part of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources organization whose mission is to reduce nutrient and sediment inputs and to restore habitat in the Lower Western Shore Watershed through community participation. The team is composed of representatives from citizens' groups, watershed organizations, the business community, environmental groups, agriculture, and federal, state, and country governments. This diversity of representation leads to a wide variety of interests in the team's work efforts from notable successes in influencing policy to outreach and educational endeavors to hand-on projects in the water or on the land.
Magothy River Association is an all-volunteer group representing about 46 communities along the Magothy River Watershed. It devotes its efforts to projects that protect the welfare of the river and its inhabitants, such as: maintaining an oyster nursery at Downs Park; restoring an oyster bar; monitoring water quality; and helping to restore seagrasses.
Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency which oversees the management and wise use of the living and natural resources of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. The resources of the Maryland portion of the watershed include its state forests and parks, fisheries, wildlife and the recreation of citizens engaged in boating, fishing, hunting and other outdoor enjoyment of our natural resources. The Department, known as DNR, work to inspire citizens to enjoy and live in harmony with their environment today and in future generations. DNR Department Partners: - MD Department of Natural Resources Coastal Program - Aquatic Resources - TREE-MENDOUS MARYLAND, a Program of the MD Department of Natural Resources Forest Service.
Our mission is to protect and restore the quality of Maryland's air, water, and land resources, while fostering smart growth, a thriving and sustainable economy and healthy communities.
Maryland Master Gardener Program promotes the vision of a healthier world through environmental stewardship. Our mission is to educate Maryland residents about safe, effective and sustainable horticultural practices that build healthy gardens, landscapes, and communities. The Maryland Master Gardener Program was started in 1978 as a means of extending the horticultural and pest management expertise of Maryland Cooperative Extension to the general public. Ã‚ Today, this popular program can be found in 18 Maryland counties, Baltimore City, and two Maryland prisons.
The Maryland Native Plant Society's mission is to promote awareness, appreciation, and conservation of Maryland's native plants and their habitats. We pursue our mission through education, research, advocacy, and service activities.
The association is a non-profit organization, organized exclusively for pleasure, recreation and other non-profitable purposes with responsibilities for issuing rules and regulations to control the parks, beach, walks, landings, roads, and other improvements owned by the Association. The Association encompasses the Sullivan Cove subwatershed off of Round Bay on the Severn River in Severna Park, MD. The Association has a long legacy of stewardship programs aimed at creating a sustainable and healthy ecosystem in the Cove. Over the years, community members have planted native trees, shrubs, and flowering perennials. The community installed a rain garden in May of 2010 and has plans for a stormwater mitigation project on a steep slope in the community.
Oyster Harbor is a private community on the Annapolis Neck peninsula, just outside of Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. With a spectacular view of the Chesapeake Bay, it was incorporated in the 1950s and most of the original owners were African American families.
Our 400+ homes on 10 roads represent many styles of architecture. Many of the original homes are beach bungalows. Some of the newer homes are raised high on pilings as a precaution against the high tides of storms given the low lying nature of this peninsula.
Our residents are mostly middle class, of all races and ages and we have a unique sense of community even with some of residents coming to the community only on weekends or only in the summer. Neighbors come together in time of need to help one another.
Patuxent Riverkeeper is a nonprofit watershed advocacy organization affiliated with the Waterkeepers Alliance in New York, an umbrella group that licenses and links Waterkeepers internationally. The sole purpose of the Patuxent Riverkeeper is to protect, restore, and advocate for clean water in the Patuxent River and its connected ecosystem. We patrol the river, investigate and resolve water quality and pollution complaints, launch and manage restoration projects, raise awareness about the river and its problems and work toward better enforcement of current laws and better laws to protect the river. The Patuxent River drainage area covers 930 square miles overall and runs north to south for 110 linear miles through seven Maryland counties, terminating at the Chesapeake Bay. The Patuxent is the longest and deepest intrastate river in Maryland, ranging from ankle wading depths, down to more than 180 feet.
Scenic Rivers Land Trust works with landowners and other partners to preserve natural and scenic areas in Anne Arundel County. This work is accomplished though landowner education and holding and facilitating land protection agreements.
Severn River Association, founded in 1911, is the oldest organization dedicated to the preservation of a river in America and Anne Arundel County's largest and oldest civic group with over 70 communities represented. SRA has many activities and is always on the lookout for new people with talents of nearly any kind. It has activities including outings that put members in close touch with the river and watershed we love, legislative and regulatory action to improve protection for the Severn River watershed, cleanup and restoration projects, and more.
Severn Riverkeeper has as its purpose to promote, preserve, and restore the environmental health of the Severn River and its surrounding watershed through advocacy and promoting enforcement of environmental laws. Formally speaking, our objective is to improve the Severn's water quality by reducing the levels of nutrients, sediment, sewage, and toxic chemicals entering the Severn to the point where it can be removed from Maryland Department of the Environment's Impaired Waterways List (Section 303d of the Clean Water Act).
Visitors are welcome to visit the Captain Salem Avery Museum where the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society preserves, collects, documents and shares local history and culture. The historic waterman’s home of Captain Avery and his family is circa 1859 and a National Historic Landmark. The Museum is an educational and community center for all to have fun together and to participate and share in activities that expand understanding of the social, cultural, economic, and environmental changes on the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay.
The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) leads the Nation in research on linkages of land and water ecosystems in the coastal zone and provides society with knowledge to meet critical environmental challenges in the 21st century.
South River Federation, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect, restore and celebrate the South River and its ecosystem. Behind this mission is growing movement to create a new mindset about the behavior and involvement of every individual who impacts the South River: how we live on the land affects the health of our waterways. The Federation is a growing, healthy, grass-roots nonprofit environmental organization with some 500 members and volunteers, four staff and a board of directors comprised of dedicated community leaders.
Spa Creek Conservancy is a non-profit organization that fulfills its mission of stewardship of the Spa Creek watershed through education, preservation, mitigation, and restoration. Its vision is to be a model organization for restoring and protecting urban watersheds. Its goal is to keep Spa Creek clean and alive so that it is fishable and swimable, from the headwaters to Annapolis Harbor and the Severn River.
St. Philip’s Episcopal Church has been a part of the growing city of Annapolis since the 19th century. In 1870, St. Philip's Colored Mission was founded by women of St. Anne's Episcopal Church as a Sunday School for African American children. By 1874, services were held and a congregation forming. In 1887, two buildings were purchased for worship and fellowship on Northwest Street in Annapolis. The parish enjoyed being on the edge of the Clay Street community, then a vibrant neighborhood of black owned homes and businesses. In 1969, Anne Arundel County purchased the buildings and the parish moved to its present site on Bestgate Road. In 1977, the Church became an independent parish (no longer receiving ministry funds from the Diocese of Maryland) under the leadership of the Rev. Robert M. Powell who served from 1971 - 1997. In 1997, the congregation, along with the Rev. Sam Edelman, interim priest, decided to move forward with a building campaign to expand the current edifice.
In September of 1999, the Rev. Angela F. Shepherd was called to serve as the parish's first female pastor. In October of that year, ground breaking occurred for St. Philip's Family Life Center. The new facility was dedicated in March 2001. St. Philip's Family Life Center, Inc. is a separate entity whose ministry is to generate and support programs and activities for the community.
Highland Beach is progressive and is working on a number of initiatives to restore and protect the environment. In 1999, we received the U.S. EPA Chesapeake Bay Partner Community Bronze Award for environmental stewardship; and on April 17, 2003, we received the U.S. EPA Chesapeake Bay Partner Community Silver Award for environmental excellence. Our Green Town Hall, awarded Platinum certification in 2007, has a green roof and is surrounded by three rain gardens on public land. Additional rain gardens, as well as a living shoreline restoration project, also serve the community.
U.S. EPA—Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP is a voluntary program that forms partnerships with pesticide users to reduce the potential health and environmental risks associated with pesticide use and implement pollution prevention strategies. While government regulation can reduce pesticide risk, PESP is guided by the principle that, even in the absence of additional regulatory mandates, the informed actions of pesticide users reduce risk even further. Based on this principle, membership in the program is completely voluntary.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For Maryland native plant lists to download: www.nps.gov/plants/pubs/nativesMD.
“We are a growing religious community of over 600 members and friends, accepting and engaging many paths to truth. Reason, experience and wisdom are our guides to spiritual growth.”
Unity Gardens exists to empower local groups to build leadership and partnership through the creation of neighborhood greening projects that enhance the quality of life throughout Anne Arundel County.
University of Maryland Cooperative ExtensionBay-Wise Program focuses on water quality. It comprises a comprehensive set of environmental topics that affect the quality and quantity of water here in Maryland. Most of these topics relate to landscape management, however, a few, like hydrology, wells & septic systems, hazardous household products and water conservation, address household issues.
Volunteer Center For Anne Arundel County works "To connect people and resources through volunteerism to create a vibrant community of service in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.. The Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County makes it easy for individuals, families, and groups to volunteer. We can assist you in finding a volunteer opportunity that utilizes your knowledge, skills, and positive energy. We want to help you to help others!
The Watershed Stewards Academy provides training and support for current and emerging grassroots leaders in neighborhoods throughout Anne Arundel County who are interested in engaging members of their community in the environmental restoration and sustainability. Each of our neighborhoods contributes to our quality of life and the environmental integrity of our waterways. The goal of the Watershed Stewards Academy is: To give Master Watershed Stewards the tools to educate, engage and empower citizens, businesses and communities to restore sub watersheds in Anne Arundel County. Restoration efforts will emphasize stormwater infiltration to restore watershed function.
West/Rhode Riverkeeper works to protect families and communities by stopping pollution. We strive for healthy and safe rivers and streams. We work together with communities to enforce environmental law, promote restoration, and advocate for better environmental policy. Join West/Rhode Riverkeeper in protecting the right of our families and communities to enjoy clean and safe water.
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