The mission of the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy is to educate and mobilize people and resources to preserve and restore the lands and waterways of the Gunpowder watershed.
History and Information
The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, founded in 1989, values the beauty and bounty of the land and waterways in the Gunpowder watershed. Protecting the planet includes stewarding the ground beneath our feet and our precious waterways. Our approach - by preserving land, we help protect waterways; by maintaining waterways, we better foster land.
The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy is a non-profit organization which works as a land trust and a waterway restoration organization. Volunteers are the key to our success. We work with residents and volunteers to care for the entire Gunpowder watershed system by providing them with an array of stewardship opportunities.
Waterway Restoration, Land Preservation, and Educational Programs
Crossing the Piedmont Plateau and both Western and Eastern Coastal Plains, the Gunpowder watershed stretches southeast. Draining some 500 square miles from its starting point in lower York County, PA, it sweeps through pastoral and densely populated spaces in portions of Maryland’s Carroll, Baltimore and Harford counties before reaching the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.
The Gunpowder watershed is home to woodland creatures and coastal crustaceans, wildflower fields and sidewalk grasses; contains fresh water streams and tidal wetlands; and feeds two reservoirs– Prettyboy and Loch Raven—which supply the Baltimore metro area with the majority of its water supply.
The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy protects and maintains this rich diversity of land and water resources through a dual emphasis on land preservation and waterway restoration.
We hope you will explore our website to learn more about our easement opportunities, restoration projects and educational programs!
- Bob Neverly and Ernie Ritchey, Volunteer community stewards for Clear Creeks Project
- Dan Doerfer, one of 72 volunteers who removed 4.5 tons of trash from Middle River Headwaters in 2013