Stormwater News and Events

Outreach and Restoration Grant now accepting applications through September 28

The Department of Public Works, in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Trust, is excited to introduce a grant opportunity to fund projects that both improve communities, improve water quality and increase greening within Baltimore City. The Outreach and Restoration Grant Program will fund a variety project types, including:

  • Installing neighborhood street trees
  • Greening vacant lots and communicating environmental messages
  • Training community members through green jobs training, especially in the stormwater realm
  • Engaging workers newly trained in stormwater green jobs
  • Constructing stormwater features like rain gardens, bioretention cells, or rain barrels
  • Removing hard surfaces like asphalt and replacing with pervious features or practices
  • Promoting environmentally responsible communities through behavior change program development
  • Educating community residents about natural resources and stormwater improvement practices, like down spout disconnection or rain barrels, proper waste management, rain gardens, pervious pavement, etc.

DPW is providing $100,000 toward the grant program, matched by CBT. To download a grant RFP, and for other information, please visit the Trust’s Outreach and Restoration Grant Program web page. The grant program is accepting proposals now through September 28, 2016 within three distinct funding tracks:

  • Track 1: Outreach: $5,001 - $30,000 for projects focused on education and awareness as project outcomes and $5,001 - $50,000 for behavior change projects.
  • Track 2: Restoration: $5,001 - $50,000 for restoration implementation projects.
  • Track 3: Outreach and Restoration: $5,001 - $75,000 for projects that combine outreach projects with restoration projects to achieve meaningful and measurable outcomes.

Please note that restoration projects proposed in the City may require as-built drawings to be included in the proposal budget.

For more information please contact the CBT staff members listed in the RFP.

Baltimore City Clean Guide is now Available!

Cover Baltimore City Clean Guide_April_2016A cleaner city mean cleaner waterways. To help citizens keep their neighborhoods clean, the "Baltimore City Clean Guide" was created. The guide provides residents with detailed information about trash removal, recycling, rat prevention, and much more. It was developed as a collaborative effort with citizens, city agencies, non-profits and foundations (a full list is at the back of the guide).

To download the Baltimore City Clean Guide CLICK HERE. To order copies of the guide, visit: or call: 410-989-1216.


Trash TMDL Implementation Plan Now Available

Baltimore City's Trash TMDL Implementation Plan and Comment Response Document are now available. The Department would like to thank the many organizations and individuals who provided comments on the draft document during the public comment period.

The TMDL Implementation Plan outlines how the TMDL reduction goal will be met. A Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) is a regulatory term in the U.S. Clean Water Act, describing the maximum amount of a pollutant that a body of water can receive while still meeting water quality standards. In this case the pollutant is trash. The Trash TMDL was approved by the EPA January 5, 2015.

The TMDL is for the Middle Branch and Northwest Portions of the Patapsco River, which is roughly from Harbor Hospital in the south to Ferry Bar Park (Middle Branch) and Tide Point to Canton Waterfront Park (Northwest Portion). This is what is considered the impaired area. The TMDL recognizes that trash comes from upstream, so portions of the Baltimore Harbor, Jones Falls, and Gwynns Falls watersheds are included. This compromises approximately 60 percent of the City. The TMDL requires that the City remove 100 percent of the baseline load, which is 228,371 pounds per year.

To meet the TMDL, the City will employ a two-part strategy. The first part will use projects and programs to capture trash as a stopgap measure. Project installation and program expansion will occur over a 10-year period, with another 10 years of operations and data collection to validate trash loading rates.

The second part of the plan will be concurrent with the first, employing partnerships as a sustainable method for compliance with the trash TMDL. The initial 5-year phase will initiate education and outreach pilots, while creating and testing anti-litter campaigns. The pilot programs will be expanded over the next 5 years. After 10 years, the education and outreach programs will be modified based on data collected from monitoring, surveys and collection data.


Annual MS4 Stormwater Report Now Available

Baltimore City's 2015 Annual Report detailing the City’s work to comply with its Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) stormwater discharge permit is now available to the public.

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Annual MS4 reports are required as part of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System. The report includes the progress of compliance for Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015). Among highlights of the report are data summaries for stream and watershed sampling; budget and expenditures; inspections and public education; and information on water quality improvement plans and implementation.