Get Involved with the Clear Creeks Project

Got standing water in your yard? Want to beautify your property and attract butterflies? Interested in doing your part to keep our creeks and streams clean? These are all reasons to participate in the Clear Creeks Project!

Take Action in Your Backyard

Gunpowder Valley Conservancy's Bay-Wise practices offered to homeowners, businesses, religious organizations, and other institutions in the project area at a 50-80% discount.

        Rain Barrel             Rain Garden              Bayscape     


        Tree Planting          Adopt a Stream       Microbioretention


Sign up today for a FREE site assessment and our professional landscape designer will meet with you to determine which Bay-Wise practice(s) are best for your property. Click Here for More Information.

Learn more about the benefits of native plants here.

Get more clean water for your dollar!

The Clear Creeks Project grant funding through 2023 will provide property owners in the project area with substantial discounts on Bay-Wise practices. 

  • 50% discount on Rain Barrels ($30/rain barrel) and FREE installation
  • 60% discount on Bayscapes and Edible Bayscapes Gardens
  • 70% discount on Microbioretention Garden practices
  • 80% discount on Rain Gardens

View our map to determine if your property is in the Clear Creeks Project area.

For more information, contact Darcy Herman, Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, Program Manager.

Inspire Others to Make a Difference

Become Bay-Wise Certified and get recognition for your commitment to clean water!  The University of Maryland Extension's Bay-Wise Yardstick is a manual that offers simple and environmentally-sound gardening practices that homeowners can implement. Once you've earned at least 36 points—the length of a yardstick—the Master Gardeners will certify your property. If you live in the Clear Creeks Project area, you will receive a FREE yard sign recognizing your yard as a healthy Bay landscape.


Give Back to the Community

Volunteer at one of our events. No gardening experience necessary! Great for students. All of the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy's workshops and volunteer activities are eligible for community service hours. View Calendar of Events.




Become a volunteer leader to take your environmental stewardship to the next level. The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy trains volunteer leaders through its Adopt-A-Stream, Tree Planting & Maintenance, and Clear Creeks Bay-Wise Stewards programs. 



Invite the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy to attend your organization's next meeting. We have presentations and outreach materials to inform your members on how they can take action to improve local waterways. Contact Amy Young, Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, Clear Creeks Project Volunteer/Outreach Coordinator. 


The Clear Creeks Project is made possible through funding from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; Chesapeake Bay Trust; Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability; Baltimore Gas and Electric; Gunpowder Valley Conservancy; and Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, administered by Maryland Department of Natural Resources.