Our Target Audiences

We work with a lot of people, groups and organizations in Howard County to fulfill our mission.  If you do not fit into any of the identified audiences below, please feel free to reach out to us anyway!


We hire young adults aged 16-26 in the summer to train and instruct youth on how to install and maintain various Best Management Practices (BMPs) that will improve our local natural resources, build environmental stewardship and provide young people with job skills and employment opportunities.   If you are 16-6, you can apply to be a Crew Member if and if you are between 18-26 you can apply to be a Crew Leader.  In general, Crew Leaders will possess demonstrated leadership and motivational skills, and have some prior job experience. Crew Members do not need to have had prior work experience and will find this experience an ideal opportunity to get a first taste for responsible work, supported with coaching along the way.

Additionally, employees receive training on topics such as:
  • The ecology of the Chesapeake Bay and why watershed protection is key to its health
  • Native plants of Maryland
  • Soils and hydrology
  • Rain garden design and other means to capture runoff
  • Ways to describe their experience for their resumés and other job skills coaching

Learn about READY by watching this video.

Homeowner Associations

READY rain garden in Lakeside HOA, Columbia, 2016.

We can help beautify your neighborhood, improve your environmental footprint and do the right thing for local streams and rivers in Howard County.  We are able to invest some of our program resources on HOA common areas for a nominal cost.  We can help address drainage problems, manage invasive species, install rain garden and conservation landscapes and more.  By working with us, you are demonstrating your commitment to our County's young adult population and engaging your neighborhood in important environmental work.   We can also work on a fee-for-service basis to maintain your rain garden so that it continues to function as it should and beautify your neighborhood at the same time.

  • If you have a potential project, would like an assessment of your neighborhood for project potential, would like a proposal and/or cost estimate or have any other requests, please fill out this form or send an email to HCecoworks@gmail.com and we will respond to you within a week.
  • If you are interested in our fee for service rain garden and bio-retention services, see this document for more information.

Churches and Nonprofit Organizations

READY rain garden at First Evangelical Lutheran Pastor's house, Ellicott City, 2016.

You can make a big impact on stormwater pollution by increasing the amount of stormwater runoff absorbed on your nonprofit property. This will also reduce your Watershed Protection Fee. The Water­shed Pro­tec­tion Fee leg­is­la­tion estab­lished a unique part­ner­ship pro­gram option for nonprofit prop­er­ties that reduces the finan­cial impact to the orga­ni­za­tion while also improv­ing stormwa­ter runoff con­trols on the property.  The READY program can help non-profits fulfill their obligations under the program as well as reduce their fee by installing projects.
  • If you would like to work with us, please fill out this form or send an email to HCecoworks@gmail.com.
  • Learn more about the Nonprofit Partnership Program here.

Homeowners and Businesses

We work with individual homeowners and commercial businesses on a fee for service basis to install rain gardens, conservation landscapes and other environmental projects.  By working with us, you will be supporting Howard County's youth and a commitment to local natural resource conservation.  If you are interested in working with us, receiving a cost estimate and proposal, or have other questions, please fill out this form or send an email to HCecoworks@gmail.com.  

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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