Gunpowder Valley Conservancy

Photo Credit: Chesapeake Bay Program

Gunpowder Valley Conservancy

Gunpowder Valley Conservancy is the first Businesses for the Bay Networking Partner of 2017!

The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy (GVC) is a nonprofit land trust and watershed organization.  It was founded in 1989 with the mission of mobilizing people and resources to care for the land, water, and character of the Gunpowder River watershed, which drains some 500 square miles from its starting point in lower York County, Pennsylvania, through Carroll, Baltimore and Harford counties, Maryland, before reaching the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.

Clear Creeks: Our Water, Our Heritage, Our Pride Project

The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy’s  Clear Creeks Project is a grant-funded, citizen-based initiative that helps answer a community desire to restore the water quality of the Middle River, Tidal Gunpowder, Bird River and Lower Gunpowder Falls watersheds.  Our purpose is to motivate and teach the public how to manage storm water runoff on their property. Many residents recall a time not so long ago when you could watch fish swim or crabs molt in our local waterways. Our goal is to “see your feets in our creeks” once again!

Ways your business can benefit from participating in the Clear Creeks Project

We are actively seeking business partnerships in our project area, which includes the Perry Hall, White Marsh, Nottingham, Bird River, and Middle River communities. We have 2018-2019 funding that will provide cost share up to 80% on rain barrels, rain gardens, and microbioretention.   You can:

  • Promote clean water by filtering storm water runoff before it reaches local waterways
  • Create an attractive landscape that enhances the community
  • Improve water drainage issues
  • Support native plants and wildlife, including pollinators
  • Earn your Businesses for the Bay action requirement

Business volunteer groups are also encouraged to participate in our two annual stream clean-up events, as well as numerous tree planting activities in the spring and fall.

For more information: Contact Amy Young, Volunteer/Outreach Coordinator, Clear Creeks Project at or (410) 404-4748.

The Clear Creeks Project is made possible through funding from National Fish and Wildlife Foundation; Chesapeake Bay Trust; Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability; Baltimore Gas and Electric; Gunpowder Valley Conservancy; and Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, administered by Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

GVC Rain Garden Workshop