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Ellicott City - Soak It Up

The Tiber Hudson Watershed

Do you live in the Tiber Hudson watershed that drains to Historic Ellicott City?   Not sure?  No problem, just search This Map or look below.

Tiber Hudson ‎(Ellicott City)‎ watershed boundary

Technical Assistance

We are skilled in the design and construction of rain gardens, conservation landscapes, tree planting and other small best management practices.  We are leading larger stream restoration projects with engineering consultant firms.  We havefunding to assist private landowners with stormwater management on their properties.  If you are interested in a consultation for our services, please complete this form and we will contact you as soon as possible. 

Soak It Up Homeowner Workshop - 4/28/18, 1-4PM, Miller Branch library, Ellicott City


  • This workshop is geared toward offering individual homeowners the opportunity to be part of the solution for Ellicott City’s flood mitigation. Howard EcoWorks, in collaboration with the Neighborhood Design Center, will help homeowners develop low cost solutions to manage erosion, bare soils, steep slopes, and stormwater runoff.
  • You will leave this workshop with an action plan for your property.
  • We can provide technical and financial assistance for implementing your action plan.
  • We will guide you through the basics of various best management practices from site selection to design to installation.
  • We will help you navigate the county’s reimbursement process and inform you of the information you need to know to receive credit towards your Watershed Protection fee.

Ellicott City – Soak It Up

...is a community engagement campaign to encourage individual action for stormwater reduction on private property in the Tiber Hudson watershed, which drains to Historic Ellicott City. Our goal is to convert 700 acres of turf grass to native landscapes that infiltrate stormwater while providing workforce development opportunities to young adults in the READY program and to in-mates at our on-site nursery at the Dept. of Corrections.

The project will focus on the installation of small best management practices (BMPs) such as turf conversion to native vegetation, stream buffers, rain gardens and tree planting. Approximately 20-30% of Ellicott City's watershed, the Tiber Hudson watershed, has approximately 700 acres of turf grass, which has a relatively high runoff coefficient compared to other vegetation types – a long term goal with this project is to convert that relatively impermeable cover type to native vegetation such as meadow grasses, native perennials and native trees and shrubs in order to increase its permeability and overall infiltration capacity.

This is a new campaign whose need became obvious after both the 2011 and 2016 flood events. With increasing intensity and frequency of storms associated with climate change and subsequently more “top down” flooding, the need for upstream stormwater controls has become readily apparent. Watershed engagement and identifying individuals and associations that support behavior change and project implementation is essential to achieving a critical mass of support for long-term solutions. By engaging the Ellicott City watershed community in this manner, we will develop a strategically important support base that will be needed as larger flood mitigation actions are vetted and implemented.

Join THESE individuals to Soak It Up - photos are from the 7/29/2017 Ellicott City Flood Commemoration.

Plant Giveaway

To kick off the Ellicott City - Soak It Up campaign, we sponsored a Plant Giveaway to those that live and work in the Ellicott City watershed on 5/13/17 at St. Peter's Episcopal.   HEW and volunteers gave away 500 plants to 80 people as well as gave away compost and made 27 home deliveries.  Please check out this article in the Howard County Times about the Giveaway!

See some pictures of plants that were put in the ground HERE!

Information for Plant Receivers!