The Harris Creek Watershed neighborhoods came together around greening during Baltimore Green Week at Patterson Park Library Square. Local Green Leaders showcased past projects and future goals, at a lively “Meet & Green” event on the evening of April 23.
The Baltimore Tree Trust began working in the Harris Creek Watershed in 2012, planting up McElderry Park with street trees. As we finished there on Arbor Day, April 24, we are already planting trees in Ellwood Park, the adjacent community. Both are part of the Harris Creek Watershed, a piped underground stream located on the east side of Baltimore. It runs from Clifton Park to Canton through seventeen neighborhoods, and drains roughly 2 square miles of land area into the Baltimore Harbor.
The watershed houses about 44,000 people, and in 2010, residents and partners created an action plan to guide greening actions. Many projects have been completed, but a lot of work remains!
The April 23 "Meet & Green" was organized by the Tree Trust, Banner Neighborhoods, and Blue Water Baltimore, all active in the watershed. That evening, green leaders from many Harris Creek Watershed neighborhoods met potential funders and providers of green expertise or services and discussed in some detail projects they would like to undertake-- everything from trees to addressing trash to vacant lots. The local leaders had more opportunity to meet and learn from one another. The re-energized Harris Creek Watershed group will now start to move forward with new projects, and consider some collective watershed-wide projects.
The Baltimore Tree Trust is committed to planting street trees throughout the Harris Creek Watershed, and will be working with many of the neighborhoods to restore their tree canopies and incoming years. Working with many neighborhood partners and volunteers in McElderry Park, we have doubled the tree canopy and plan to keep going until all of Harris Creek has beautiful tree-lined streets and a healthy tree canopy.
The growing number of trees will cool this urban heat island, saving energy, mitigate and clean storm water flowing into the Inner Harbor, and raise property values.
Download a printable PDF of the Harris Creek Watershed Map