Do unto those Downstream as you’d have those Upstream do unto you!

Local institutions are incorporating native plants into their landscaping to improve water quality. Stormwater runoff–the rain that flows over roofs, parking lots, and other impervious surfaces–is one of the leading sources of pollution into the Chesapeake Bay. You’re invited to attend the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy's Clear Creeks Project Open House to learn how YOU can reduce pollution, beautify your yard, and solve local flooding issues on your property.

Visit Our Lady of Mount Carmel to see how they have made their campus Bay-Wise while also providing parishioners and students with hands-on opportunities to engage in care for Creation. Guests are also invited to participate in a Blessing of the Rain Garden ceremony! Light refreshments will be provided. Discuss native plants with a University of Maryland Extension – Baltimore County Master Gardener. Bring the kids to participate in a fun, pollinator-themed activity.

Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019

Time: 10 am – 2 pm

Location: Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 1706 Old Eastern Avenue, Essex, MD 21221.


10 am: Rain Barrels available for purchase throughout the day

11 am: Buzzy Bee activity for kids

11:15 am: Guided tour of Bay-Wise Practices on campus

1 pm: Blessing of the Rain Garden

1:15 pm: Guided tour of Bay-Wise Practices on campus

The guided tour will feature: :

rain barrelsa Bayscape Gardenrain gardensnative tree plantingsmicrobioretention practicesBay-Wise Certified landscape

Live in Glen Arm, Carney, Perry Hall, White Marsh, Nottingham, or Middle River? Talk to a Clear Creeks Project staff member at the open house about how you might be eligible to receive a 50-80% discount on rain barrels, Bayscape gardens, and rain gardens. The same discount applies to local organizations and businesses!

This event is part of the Clear Creeks Project. Coordinated by the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, the Clear Creeks Project is a grant-funded, citizen-based initiative that helps answer a community desire to restore the water quality of the Bird River, Lower Gunpowder Falls, Middle River, and Tidal Gunpowder watersheds. Additional funding provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; Chesapeake Bay Trust; Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability; Baltimore Gas and Electric; and Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, administered by Maryland Department of Natural Resources.


  • Occurred Sunday, September 29th, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


Our Lady Of Mount Carmel Parish Center

1704 Old Eastern Ave
Essex, MD 21221

The Clear Creeks (CCKs) project, coordinated by the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, is a grant-funded, citizen-based initiative that helps answer a community desire to restore the water quality of the Middle River, Tidal Gunpowder, and Bird River (MR/TG/BR)

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