In 2008, the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy partnered with Baltimore County to develop Small Watershed Action Plans (SWAPS) for each sub-watershed throughout Baltimore County. To implement SWAPS, the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy began leading grant-funded, community-based waterway restoration projects in selected sub-watersheds of the Gunpowder watershed.
The goal of these projects is to engage residents within specific communities to take actions in their own yards and neighborhoods to help decrease stormwater runoff to their local creeks and streams, the Chesapeake Bay, and beyond.
- Raise awareness about stormwater pollution in the Gunpowder watershed
- Encourage people to take action and improve the Gunpowder’s waterways
- Plant trees throughout the Gunpowder watershed
- Perform stream clean-up events
- Install rain barrels to reduce storm water pollution
- Build rain gardens and bayscape gardens utilizing native species
- Establish a core of community stewards who can spread the word and involve others in ongoing, local preservation and restoration efforts
- Preserve land for future generations to enjoy
Jennifer Branch Preservation Project
When: September 2009 – December 2011
Where: The Jennifer Branch watershed, east of Old Harford Road, south of Gunpowder Falls State Park, north of Joppa Road, and west of Hines Estate Road.
What: The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy educated and supported members of the Carney and Cub Hill communities in reducing stormwater runoff from their properties.
- 15 downspouts were disconnected
- 1 Bayscape gardens planted
- 39 Rain barrels installed
- 7 Edible Landscapes installed
- 217 trees planted on 1 acre
- 11 stream adoptions leading to collection of 1 ton of trash
- 6 rain gardens installed
The Jennifer Branch Conservation Association (JBCA) was formed as a result of this project and continues community-led restoration efforts in the Jennifer Branch watershed today.
To become involved with the JBCA, contact co-chair Susan Bath.