Blue Water Baltimore:
Five watershed organizations become one
Careful planning and a well-orchestrated process
The participants represented five organizations that evolved from grassroots efforts to protect Baltimore’s waterways: the Baltimore Harbor Watershed Association, Baltimore Harbor WATERKEEPER, Gywnns Falls Watershed Association, Herring Run Watershed Association, and Jones Falls Watershed Association.
The groups had informally considered the concept of joining forces for several years, but it was the economic crisis and resulting fundraising challenges that jump-started serious merger discussions.
Going forward with increased strength
New Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations are requiring state and local governments to become more focused on water pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, so Blue Water Baltimore has an unprecedented opportunity to galvanize support, effect change, and influence regional policy. Today, with its combined strength, the organization is focusing on regional stormwater issues, public education, nutrient and sediment reduction, and greening neighborhoods throughout the metropolitan area.
Read the full article: Merger: The story of five Baltimore watershed organizations that became one
Read the report published 3 years after the merger: Launched: The first 3 years of Blue Water Baltimore