Baltimore, MD (January 7, 2014) – Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Robert M. Summers and Maryland Department of Natural Resources Secretary Joe Gill presented the Parks & People Foundation with the Smart, Green & Growing (SGG) Award for Innovations in Stormwater Management. The New Broadway East Community Park in Baltimore City, the second Project UP™ park for ACTrees and its partner Boise Inc., received the recognition for reducing stormwater runoff through multiple best management practices.
The SGG award recognizes groups, organizations, county and municipal governments and projects that have fostered the creation of new approaches to address the impact of stormwater runoff pollution in Maryland. Urban and suburban stormwater pollution accounts for 18% of the pollution into our rivers, streams, lakes and drinking water reservoirs.
“Congratulations to the Parks & People Foundation for their receipt of the 2013 Smart, Green & Growing Award for Innovations in Stormwater Management. The New Broadway East Community Park project is an outstanding example of what can be achieved when state, local and private stakeholders partner,” said Joe Gill, Secretary, Maryland Department of Natural Resources. “This project not only changed the landscape of one Baltimore neighborhood from dilapidated row houses to trees, green space and native species, but also implemented innovative stormwater filtration to protect our waterways.”
The green space project transformed 18 former residential home sites demolished by the Baltimore City Department of Housing and Community Development. Typical of demolished housing sites, the soils were compacted and the site lacked stormwater management. While designed to function as a community park, the project incorporates low-impact stormwater approaches such as soil de-compaction, permeable concrete and pavers and landscaping including native species.
The project was funded through the Chesapeake and Atlantic Costal Bays Trust Fund through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and through Boise Project UP™, a partnership between Boise ASPEN® Recycled Papers and Alliance for Community Trees. This was the second Project UP™ park for ACTrees and its partner Boise Inc. Project UP works to transform distressed urban spaces into vibrant community parks.
The award was presented at the third annual SGG Clean Water Innovations Trade Show in Baltimore, which featured exhibitions of stormwater and water quality solutions. The Trade Show is a culmination of MDE’s Stormwater Innovations Tour, a campaign to show the public projects already underway around the state to reduce stormwater pollution.
Source: “MDE hosts the 3rd annual Clean Water Innovations Trade Show recognizing innovative stormwater projects.” News Release, January 7, 2014.