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Ellicott City - Soak It Up


Ellicott City – Soak It Up

...is a campaign to engage residents and businesses in Ellicott City’s watershed in a critical partnership to reduce stormwater runoff from their properties. 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. 

Plant Giveaway

To kick off the Ellicott City - Soak It Up campaign, we are sponsoring a Plant Giveaway to those that live and work in the Ellicott City watershed.  Don't know if you live in the watershed?  No problem, just search This Map.  Now how do you get your free plants?  Follow these steps:

  1. Make your plant selection.  Multiple options are available from single assorted shrubs and trees to plant palettes of 10-12 species for a stream buffer, perennial mix, erosion control and more.  Register for your free plants HERE.  Click HERE for a detailed list of the available plants.
  2. Indicate on the registration page if you will be picking up your plants on 5/13 at St Peter's Episcopal, 3695 Rogers Ave, Ellicott City, between 10AM and 2PM or if you would like your plants delivered that same day.  If you come to St Peter's on 5/13, we would be happy to show you our recently installed Rain Garden and Turf to Meadow project!
  3. Plant your plants this spring!  We will provide you with a species list and planting instructions.  We MAY have volunteers that are able to assist with you with planting however, unfortunately, we cannot guarantee this option.
  4. Send us a picture of your planted landscape (with or without you in the photo!) to hcecoworks@gmail.com.  We will use the pictures to market the campaign to others in the watershed and seek additional funding sources for the Ellicott City - Soak It Up campaign.
  5. For any questions, contact: Lori Lilly at hcecoworks@gmail.com or 443-518-7665