July 2018 Gunpowder Valley Conservancy Newsletter
You’re invited to the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy’s annual fundraiser, Evening in the Woods
Savor great food and wine, beer from local breweries, a silent auction, basket of cheer raffle, wine pull, and music by The Scotch Bonnets. You won’t want to miss this year’s silent auction, including airline tickets, restaurant gift certificates, sports tickets, merchandise, and much more.

Saturday, September 8, 2018
6 pm - 9 pm
Baltimore County Game & Fish Protective Association
3400 Northwind Road, Baltimore, MD 21234
Free Parking!

We will recognize conservation heroes who have advanced the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy’s mission. The event will benefit our programs, which focus on conserving watershed lands that support agriculture, wildlife, and ecological systems; protecting and restoring wetlands, streams, and riparian areas for future generations; and connecting Gunpowder watershed residents to meaningful environmental stewardship projects.

  • $65 for GVC members, $75 for non-members until September 1
  • $85 for non-members after September 1
  • Discount will be applied online when you're at the order confirmation page

We would appreciate your support this year and encourage you to view our sponsorship opportunities . Working in partnership with the business community in the Gunpowder watershed allows for greater collaboration on expanding our mission. The GVC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and we look forward to promoting your company as an environmental steward!
Volunteer Opportunities - July
Get inspiration and advice on how to make your yard more Bay-Wise at our free Parkville-Carney Garden Tour on July 29th.
Celebrating 5 Years of the Clear Creeks Project!
The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy's Clear Creeks Project began in 2013,at the edge of the water,in the creeks of Middle River and the Tidal Gunpowder, where residents witnessed deteriorating water conditions. Community residents remembered being able to wade six feet into the water and clearly view their toes,and expressed hope of restoring water quality for future generations. Communities voiced their opinions and GVC listened.

Since 2013, over 3,000 people have participated in the Clear Creeks: Our Water, Our Heritage,Our Pride Project! We have worked together with residents, businesses, and religious institutions to implement stormwater best management practices (BMPs) to improve water quality.
  • 256 Rain Barrels distributed
  • 46 Bayscape gardens and buffers installed
  • 42 Rain Gardens installed
  • 16 microbioretention practices installed
  • 145 free workshops and events offered
  • 2,112 trees planted
  • 46,507 pounds of trash removed from 29 adopted streams

And we're still growing! Thanks to grant funding, we are now able to offer our 50 - 80% discounts on BMPs to property owners in 4 watersheds within the Gunpowder watershed (Lower Gunpowder Falls, Bird River, Tidal Gunpowder and Middle River) through the end of 2019.

Want to take action for cleaner water? Sign up for our July 28th Rain Barrel workshop. If you live in one of the Clear Creeks Project watersheds, you'll receive a 50% discount on each rain barrel ($30/each).

Funding provided by Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability,Baltimore Gas and Electric,Chesapeake Bay Trust, Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, administered by MD Department of Natural Resources, Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund.
Map illustrating current watersheds within the Gunpowder that are eligible for Clear Creeks Project discounts.
Volunteers worked together to create a Rain Garden in Parkville that will help improve water quality downstream in the Gunpowder Watershed.
Healing Our Natural World
This summer, GVC is offering a deeper way to connect to Nature! We are sponsoring a 5 day workshop led by School of the Deep Heart's Anne Rice.

Healing Our Natural World
July 18 - July 22 (9 am - 5 pm)
Cromwell Valley Park - Sherwood House
2002 Cromwell Bridge Road, Parkville 21234
Cost: $750

In order to "be the change," we first need to deeply make the change in ourselves. If you feel called, join us in the beauty of Cromwell Valley park and connect with others who are ready to release mind patterns and emotional blocks to find what is most true in their hearts.

Register online HERE
Make a Difference
Your support is needed to preserve land and protect waterways. Please become a Gunpowder Valley Conservancy supporting member today. Donations are tax-deductible as the GVC is a 501c(3) non-profit organization.
The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy is seeking assistance with the September 8th Annual Celebration. To volunteer the day of the event or assist with the planning of the event, please contact Peggy Perry