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Join us at our Open House!

Sunday, September 29, 10 am - 2 pm

Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OLMC)

1706 Old Eastern Ave., Essex 21221

The OLMC Bay-Wise Project's motto is Do unto those downstream as you'd have those upstream do unto you!  You're invited to visit the OLMC campus to see how you can beautify your yard, solve local flooding issues on your property, and help reduce pollution to our local waterways!

Visit our event page for more details!

Neighborhood Projects:  Our Lady of Mount Carmel (2019)

The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy's Clear Creeks Project is excited to announce its Bay-Wise Project at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School and Parish. Our Lady of Mount Carmel (OLMC) is situated on 8.5 acres in Essex. Last year, OLMC students helped reduce stormwater runoff by planting a rain garden on their campus. Their efforts will be further augmented this year with the installation of several more Bay-Wise landscaping practices:

  • 3 microbioretention practices
  • 1 rain garden
  • 1 Bayscape garden
  • 4 rain barrels
  • 10 large native trees

The project will also benefit from partnerships with Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake and the University of Maryland Master Gardeners of Baltimore County. Funding for the project comes primarily from the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

OLMC Bay-Wise Calendar of Events


These events are designed primarily for OLMC students and parishioners, unless otherwise noted.

  • Saturday April 13 (3 - 5 pm):  Defending Creation kick-off event Not open to the public
  • Tuesday April 30 (12 - 1:30 pm): Native Tree Planting as part of OLMC Day of Service - Not open to the public
  • Wednesday May 8 (9 am - 11 am): Bayscape workshop - Not open to the public
  • Saturday May 25 (10 am - 12 pm): Rain Barrel workshop - Open to the public
  • Saturday June 1 (10 am - 1 pm) Rain Garden workshop Open to the public
  • Saturday June 15 (10 am - 12 pm) Water and Garden Keepers workshopNot open to the public

The Clear Creeks Project has grant funding through 2019 to install Bay-Wise Practices at businesses and institutions at a discounted rate. 

  • Improve water drainage issues economically
  • Beautify the landscape in an environmentally-friendly way
  • Engage employees or members in meaningful, community-strengthening activities

Contact Amy Young, Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, Clear Creeks Project Volunteer/Outreach Coordinator, to schedule a Clear Creeks Project presentation at an upcoming meeting.

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.