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2023
2nd Place

Woody Ward Stormwater Retrofit Project

The Woody Ward Community Center stormwater retrofit project aimed to mitigate the impacts of a buried stream and the build environment by restoring the landscape in a way that replicates the services of a natural system, through the various retrofit and restoration techniques employed throughout the project.

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2023
2nd Place

Meadowbrook Riparian Enhanacement

The Meadowbrook Riparian Enhancement project is a notable example of the type of restoration work implemented on parkland to reclaim historically modified landscape to provide stormwater treatment wetland habitat, enhance the riparian buffer and provide carbon sequestration to aid in the climate resilience of the county. The project transformed half an acre of a mowed turf area into a naturalized riparian buffer with native plantings of 90 trees, 50 shrubs, and 5000 herbaceous plugs. Approximately a quarter of an acre was regraded to create wetland habitat.

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2023
3rd Place

Ray’s Meadow Wetland and Buffer Restoration

The Ray’s Meadow wetland creation and riparian buffer planting project consisted of removing 250’ of pipe and daylighting a drainage channel into a system of floodplain wetland planted with over 4,000 native herbaceous plugs and planting one acre with 200 native trees. This project will provide over an acre of restored floodplain directly adjacent to Rock Creek in a heavily developed area. In addition, the project is located along the Rock Creek trail providing excellent public access.

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2023
2nd Place

Hinton-Miller Rain Garden

We created a backyard rain garden to attract butterflies and hummingbirds while managing water from our house and driveway. The choice of a rain garden was motivated by examples at Olney Elementary School and by our county’s RainScapes program. The garden is a fully DIY “COVID project” that took two years from initial research to final inspection, with actual construction in July-December 2022.

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2023
2nd Place

Glenmont Forest Green Streets Project

The Glenmont Forest Green Streets project was completed by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection to reduce stormwater runoff and pollutant loading to the receiving stream and to help meet the County’s MS4 permit and TMDL requirements. This innovative green streets project installed ESD stormwater management facilities along residential streets throughout the Glenmont Forest and Wheaton Hills neighborhoods, within the existing public right-of-way. Working with a dedicated community and local nonprofits, Montgomery County DEP completed this retrofit to add ESD stormwater facilities within a developed urban environment with minimal existing stormwater infrastructure to provide water quality improvement and enhance neighborhood aesthetics.

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2023
3rd Place

City of Havre de Grace Open-End Contract for Design & Build Ecological Regenerative and Restoration...

The City of Havre de Grace created an Open-End Contract for Design & Build Ecological Regenerative and Restoration Projects in 2020 to improve program delivery for its Phase II MS4 permit. Since the program’s inception, four projects have been completed (additional projects are in progress), over $4 million in grants have been awarded, and hundreds of pounds of nutrients have been kept out of the Susquehanna River. Additionally, this program enabled the City to meet its Phase II MS4 Permit goals well in advance of its deadline.

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2023
3rd Place

Willow Pond Retrofit and Stream Restoration

The Willow Pond Retrofit and Stream Restoration project included the retrofit of the existing wet pond stormwater management facility to an innovative gravel lens system that would filter water through gravel and underdrains, reducing the water temperature discharged from the facility. The project included 1,700 linear feet of stream restoration along with restoration of the natural floodplain. The design utilized a structure engineered to intercept the floodway, diverting flood flows into the stormwater pond, while still maintaining the base stream flow within the channel.

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2023
2nd Place

Tinkers Creek Stream Restoration Project

Prince George’s County Department of the Environment (DoE) partnered with GV-Petro Joint Venture, LLC (which is a joint venture of GreenVest, LLC and Petro Design Build, LLC) and Maryland-National Capital Parks & Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) to implement the Tinkers Creek Stream Restoration Project; an ambitious, innovative, and complex undertaking that stabilized eroding stream channels, re-connected the floodplain and its associated wetlands, improved habitat for terrestrial and aquatic species, and engaged a diverse community through outreach programs to enhance access to this valuable community amenity. The restoration of perennial, intermittent, and ephemeral stream reaches promoted stability and resiliency in both the stream resources and riparian buffers and delivered a suite of co-benefits including critical utility and infrastructure protection, public and private property stabilization, management of invasive plant species, and reductions in nuisance flooding. As one of the largest stream restoration projects in the State of Maryland at over 40,000 linear feet, this project reduces sediment loading to the Chesapeake Bay by over 4,000,000 pounds per year and represents a successful partnership between public and private entities and a success for the local community and Chesapeake Bay.

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2023
2nd Place

Street2Creek Program

Pollution from storm water runoff is a leading contributor to pollution in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The Master Watershed Stewards of York County, PA, organize the Street 2 Creek Storm Drain Art Project. Using an annual artist contest, project leaders use artwork around drains to raise citizen awareness and help educate the York community about the connection between storm drains and local creeks. The painted drains lead the way from the Codorus Creek to the Royal Square district in the City of York.

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