Our Projects

READY Summer Program 2017

Every year the READY Program hires on the bulk of its workforce and completes the majority of its projects during the summer. This past summer marks the 5th year of the READY Program! Since its inception the READY program has employed over 100 Howard County youth in its efforts to reduce the harmful effects of stormwater runoff in and around the communities in which we work.

The 2017 Summer Program created jobs for 18 local youth. They worked on a variety of projects at a number of properties around the County including community associations, residential homes,  and churches.

2017 Summer Stats:

  • 12 Crew Members, 3 Assistant Crew Leaders and 4 Crew Leaders hired for the season
  • 126,628 sq ft of drainage area treated
  • 31,516 sq ft of impervious surface treated
  • Construction of 4 rain gardens and 2 bioretention facilities at multiple locations


READY Maintenance Program

Since its inception, the READY Program has constructed over 120 rain gardens and conservation landscapes throughout Howard County. After conducting an assessment of all our installations we determined the need to offer a maintenance option to our past and future customers. The READY Program takes pride in the projects it installs and their environmental benefit, therefore we wish the see them continuously performing up to the standard to which they were designed. To address this maintenance need the READY Program has begun offering a maintenance option to new customers going forth. We have also extended this maintenance option to all of our past customers as well. The program has since expanded to incorporate the maintenance of rain gardens and other stormwater Best Management Practices that were not constructed by the READY Program.

If you are interested in maintenance on your rain garden, conservation landscaping, or other stormwater management practice on your property please fill out this form or contact Alex Nussbaum at anussbaum@howardecoworks.org

Native Plant Nursery at the Howard County Department of Corrections

In 2015 READY broke ground on construction of a Native Plant Nursery in partnership with the Howard County Department of Corrections. The addition of a nursery has given the READY Program a new capacity to grow, propagate, and store more plants than ever in a much more sustainable manner. In February 2016 a dedication ceremony was held at the nursery to commemorate its establishment and the ongoing support of all the entities involved who support the project, including speeches given by County Executive Allan Kittleman, County Councilman Calvin Ball, and the READY Project Manager Lori Lilly.

County Executive Kittleman READY Nursery Dedication

Recent News

  • Here's a roundup of recent headlines from our organization. 
  • Reflections on Watershed Restoration from Oregon to Ellicott City, Climate Change and Adaptation By, Lori Lilly My professional career for the past 15 or so years has revolved around environmental restoration.  I’ve typically worked at watershed scales in planning, identification, prioritization and implementation of small ...
    Posted Jan 12, 2020, 10:47 AM by Howard Ecoworks
  • What is a Weed? What is a Weed?by Georgie Hardesty In the time I’ve spent as a crew member working with Howard Ecoworks, this is a question that I’ve faced in ...
    Posted Dec 26, 2019, 7:55 AM by Howard Ecoworks
  • Dig. Plant. Soak. Repeat. Year End Fundraiser!Spread the word! EcoWorks year end fundraiser includes this awesome shirt, modeled here by EcoWorks staff - Lori Lilly - Councilwoman and former EcoWorks Board Member Christiana Mercer Rigby ...
    Posted Dec 26, 2019, 7:52 AM by Howard Ecoworks
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