The Clean Water Blog

Comment today on the Baltimore City Green Network Plan

The Green Network Plan is the Baltimore Office of Sustainability’s plan to transform vacant and abandoned properties into community assets, such as gardens, parks, urban farms, recreational fields, and more.  They've been working for over a year to come up with an outline of green nodes and corridors for the whole city, and have worked with community groups in four areas in East, West, and Southwest Baltimore to create detailed neighborhood greenspace plans.  And, now, they want feedback from Baltimore residents on their plan. Read it here and submit comments online.

Do you live in Broadway East, South Clifton Park, Druid Heights, Upton, Reservoir Hill, Penn North, Harlem Park, Sandtown-Winchester, Boyd-Booth, Shipley Hill, or Carrollton Ridge?  Then check out the Focus Area plans, see if they reflect what you want to come to your neighborhood, and let the Office of Sustainability know.  Do you live elsewhere in the city?  Look over the plans for creating nodes of greenspace and green corridors between them, and tell the Office of Sustainability what you'd like to see in your neighborhood.

To protect clean water, encourage the Office of Sustainability to pay particularly close attention to integrating stormwater management practices and wildlife habitat into green spaces and green corridors to help retain stormwater, build healthy ecosystems, and educate people about stormwater pollution.  Emphasize the importance of transportation corridors that allow people to travel safely and pleasantly by bike or on foot, to reduce the city's carbon footprint and help us be healthier.  And encourage them to support the creation of community-controlled green space, especially in land trusts as part of the 20/20 Vision for Development Without Displacement, to help build and maintain healthy communities.

The survey should take you about ten minutes, and the staff will use the public comments they receive to develop the final version of the plan.  Please share the survey with friends and neighbors! The survey will close on Monday, July 17th.