Environment: Water Quality
1,500 New Trees
The City of Baltimore will be home to 1,500 new trees through the MDOT MPA’s Urban Forestry Partnership with the nonprofit group Blue Water Baltimore. Increasing Baltimore’s tree canopy helps offset sources of carbon dioxide, reduces stormwater runoff, creates wildlife habitat, saves energy, improves property values, and deepens the connection to nature for city residents. Photo/Bill McAllen
The MPA is a lead
funder in support of the Inner Harbor Water Wheel, which traps and removes
litter flowing down the Jones Falls toward the harbor. Photo/Bill McAllen
The MPA’s Water Quality Master Plan guides a wide range of activities that prevent or reduce water pollution. On-the-ground practices include stormwater management on port terminals, widespread tree plantings in neighborhoods and along shorelines, and demonstration projects to advance new pollution reduction strategies.
The MPA is also working to reduce water-borne trash. Along with by improving recycling and clean-up programs on terminals, the agency is providing substantial financial support for the Baltimore Inner Harbor Water Wheel, which traps and removes litter flowing down the Jones Falls toward the harbor.