We are very excited to kick off two new projects in 2017, both focused on community engagement and both generously funded by the Chesapeake Bay Trust!
The first project, Howard County Neighborhood Greenways, is being completed in partnership with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and will focus on outreach, education and restoration activities in Columbia and the surrounding community in support of Howard County's Green Infrastructure Network, our most valuable ecological resources in the County. We will conduct three community workshops in 2017 and construct two bioretention facilities to treat more than 0.5 acres of impervious surfaces. These bioretentions will be the READY program's first construction of engineered stormwater management practices!
The second project, Ellicott City - Soak It Up, to be completed in partnership with the Ellicott City Partnership, is a grassroots watershed engagement project that aims, in the long-term, to convert more than 700 acres of turf grass in the Tiber Hudson watershed to permeable and native landscapes. We have received a small grant to develop branding and marketing materials as well as construct a 150 sq ft rain garden and 4500 sq ft conservation landscape at St. Peter's church!