Statistics on Environmental Education and Restoration
- 1,593 volunteers
- 4,388 volunteer hours
- 28 cleanups
- 76,054 pounds of trash/junk removed (over 38 tons)
- 100 new 5-foot native trees planted
- 1,444 pounds of invasive plants removed (.7 ton)
- 104 waterway sites being monitored by volunteer stream watchers
- 17 free environmental workshops sponsored by PHG
- 412 participants who attended PHG environmental workshops
- 1,924 volunteers participated in PHG-sponsored programs and activities!
- Thirty (30) river/stream/watershed group cleanups
- Removal of 157,153 pounds (78.6 tons) of trash/junk from Patapsco
Valley in just one year!
- Fifty (50) new trees and ten (10) bushes planted as part of a new
riparian buffer near Gun Road in Catonsville, in partnership with
Patapsco State Park and Maryland Department of Natural Resources!
- Seven (7) tree maintenance events conducted, providing maintenance
on over 300 previously planted trees in Arbutus, Catonsville, Elkridge,
Ellicott City and at UMBC!
- Thirteen (13) invasive plant removal events removed 3,631 pounds
(1.8 tons) of invasive garlic mustard from the Patapsco Valley!
- Seventeen (17) new members, totaling 332 members!
- Eighty seven (87) areas are being monitored by volunteer stream
watch volunteers throughout the Patapsco Valley area!
- Twenty (20) environmental education presentations with 946 participants
(stream watch training; stream captain training; creek scene investigation
workshops, watershed education events with school age children and
several water quality education scavenger hunt activities for children
- Placed 51 new storm drain markers and distributed storm water educational
materials to over 310 households in the Oella and Catonsville communities.
- Partnered with several business groups to conduct cleanups and tree
- Sponsored history presentations on historic Oella and Daniels Mills
and their towns.
- Acquired grant funding through Baltimore County DEPS, Howard County
DPW, Constellation Energy and R.E.I.
- Over 2,900 persons on our email event mailing list, receiving regular
announcements about upcoming events.
- Over 500 photos posted on PHG's photo website documenting PHG environmental
and other events and volunteer activities at http://patapscofriend.smugmug.com
- Began work and held several public meetings on updating Patapsco
Heritage Greenway Management Plan.
- Over 1,600 volunteers participated in PHG-sponsored environmental events!
- Thirty (30) river/stream/watershed group cleanups, removing over 40 tons (81,001 pounds)
of trash/junk from Patapsco Valley in just one year!
- Seventy (70) new trees planted as part of an expanded riparian buffer along the Patapsco River
near Lost Lake in the Avalon Area of Patapsco State Park in partnership with Patapsco State Park!
- Five (5) tree maintenance events conducted, providing maintenance on over 200 previously planted
trees in Arbutus, Catonsville, Elkridge and at UMBC!
- Seven (7) invasive plant removal events removed 3,129 pounds of invasive plants from the Patapsco Valley!
- PHG’s “Garlic Mustard Challenge” celebrated its 13th and final year, removing
over 960 pounds of invasive garlic mustard in just one day! Due to the success of this event, garlic mustard
is now only found in sporadic areas throughout the park. Remaining garlic mustard will be removed as part of cleanups in the park!
- Forty one (41) new members, totaling 316 members!
- Sixty three (63) stream watch volunteers throughout the Patapsco Valley area!
- Sixteen (16) environmental education presentations (stream watch training; stream captain training; and brand new CSI
(creek scene investigation) workshop; and several water quality education scavenger hunt activity for children and adults.
- Placed storm drain markers/stencils throughout the Oella community in the Coopers Run
Branch watershed area in Oella and Rockburn community off of Montgomery Road within the Rockburn Branch in Elkridge.
- Storm water educational materials were also distributed to households in the communities where
storm drain stencils/markers were placed as part of Howard County’s targeted neighborhoods.
- Partnered with several business groups to conduct cleanups and tree plantings.
- Sponsored history presentation on the Flood of 1972: A 40 Year Retrospective on
Tropical Storm Agnes’ deadly impact on the Patapsco River Valley.
- Sponsored “Discover Daniels Day” a family event featuring the history of former Mill town of Daniels.
- Acquired grant funding through Baltimore County DEPS, Howard County DPW, Constellation Energy, R.E.I. and Keep Maryland Beautiful.
- Guided bike tour along the Patapsco Heritage Trail as part of membership benefits.
- Over 2,600 persons on our email event mailing list, receiving regular announcements about upcoming events.
Photos documenting PHG event photos provided by staff and/or volunteers
are featured at http://patapscofriend.smugmug.com
- A study of the Tiber Hudson watershed area and Google mapping of
PHG cleanups and tree plantings funded by a grant through the Chesapeake
Bay Trust was started and will be finalized in 2013!
- A total of 1,608 volunteers & three part-time grant funded
staff made the above accomplishments possible in 2012!
Over 1,470 volunteers participated in FPVHG-sponsored environmental
Thirty (30) river/stream/watershed group cleanups, removing over
60 tons (106,085 pounds) of trash/junk from Patapsco Valley in just
Seventy (70) new trees and ten (10) bushes planted as part of a
new riparian buffer along Thistle Run off of Frederick Road in Catonsville,
partnership with Patapsco State Park and Maryland Department of Natural
Five (5) tree maintenance events conducted, providing maintenance
on over 250 previously planted trees in Arbutus, Catonsville, Elkridge,
Ellicott City and at UMBC!
Seven (7) invasive plant removal events removed 1,991 pounds of
invasive garlic mustard from the Patapsco Valley!
PHG's premier "Garlic Mustard Challenge" celebrated its
12th year, adding a section of Rockburn Park to a location where over
1,000 pounds of garlic mustard were removed in just one day!
Twenty five (25) new members, totaling 280 members!
Sixty three (63) stream watch volunteers throughout the Patapsco Valley
Twenty (20) environmental education presentations (stream watch
training; stream captain training; rain barrel and rain garden workshops
(partnering with Ho. Co. Master Gardeners; storm monitoring workshop
(partnering with American Rivers) and several water quality education
scavenger hunt activity for children and adults.
Participation in hands-on educational program in partnership with
CCBC Catonsville Campus Biology Department, with local high school
and community college students to analyze stream species and canopy
to determine stream water quality. For information and results, go
Placed storm drain stencils throughout the Grovemont community in
the Rockburn Branch watershed area in Elkridge and distributed storm
water educational materials to households as part of Howard County's
Partnered with the Maryland Correctional Pre-Release Program, targeting
prison crew to clean up targeted park land areas where illegal dumping
is a constant problem, in three counties, removing an estimated 35,705
pounds of junk and trash.
Partnered with several business groups to conduct cleanups and tree
Sponsored history presentations on the Patapsco Valley Industrial
Revolution and Bloede Dam.
Acquired grant funding through Baltimore County DEPS, Constellation
Energy, R.E.I. and CCBC-Catonsville Campus BWET Program and Keep Maryland
Guided bike tour along the Patapsco Heritage Trail as part of membership
Four (4) guided hikes throughout the Patapsco River Valley for PHG
members through the generosity and partnership of the Mid Atlantic
Hiking Group as part of membership benefits.
Three (3) guided kayak tours along the lower Patapsco River for
PHG members as part of membership benefits.
Over 2,300 persons on our email event mailing list, receiving regular
announcements about upcoming events.
A new and improved photo website launched to document PHG events
and volunteer activities at http://patapscofriend.smugmug.com
A total of 1,936 volunteers & one part-time staff person made
the above accomplishments possible in 2011!
For the past 5 years, PHG organized and conducted stream clean-ups throughout
the Patapsco Valley:
- Over 382,788 pounds (191 tons) of trash removed
4,566 volunteers (for all PHG-sponsored environmental events)
- 151 separate clean ups
- 5,509 trash bags, 5 dumpsters & separated large bulk trash/scrap
- Estimated 12,782 volunteer hours
· NEW in 2010 - PHG partnered with the Mid Atlantic Hiking Group
to provide safe, guided hikes in the Patapsco River Valley, free to
· NEW in 2010 - Partnered with Boy Scouts (advanced Eagle Scout
Project) placing new storm drain stencils in targeted neighborhoods
and distributing watershed education literature to neighbors.
· For the past 5 years, over 63 river sections and/or streams
flowing into the Patapsco River have been adopted by volunteers, monitoring
the health and welfare of our streams and sections of the Patapsco River
watershed, removing trash and reporting problems to local officials
· For the last 5 years, PHG organized and sponsored tree plantings
along the Grist Mill Trail in Patapsco Valley State Park, planting 85
trees; 100 trees along Herbert Run on Arbutus Elementary and Middle
School properties and 50 trees along Herbert Run on UMBC property. In
partnership with the Howard County Forestry Board, PHG planted 224 trees/shrubs
in Meadow-brook Park and 56 American Chestnut Trees in the Rockburn
Branch watershed on Patapsco Valley State Park near historic Belmont.
· In 2009-2010, recreational events in the Patapsco Valley were
offered, including informal history talks presented by local historians,
guided bike tour along the Patapsco Heritage Trail, guided hikes and
guided kayak/canoe rides along the Patapsco River, highlighting the
natural beauty of hidden areas within the Patapsco River Valley. Two
new key partnerships were formed. The Mid Atlantic Hiking Group provides
free monthly hikes to PHG members; Howard County Tourism provides free
guided walking tours in historic Ellicott City to PHG members from April
· In July 2010, a 175th anniversary celebration was held of
the historic Thomas Viaduct Bridge at Patapsco State Park as a kick
off for a fundraising campaign to help restore this national monument.
A video was developed to show the step by step process in building this
unique architectural marvel.
· In 2009-2010, environmental education programs were introduced,
including a rain barrel workshop (partnering with the Howard County
Master Gardeners and Howard County Library), water quality identity
testing through analysis of stream vertebrae and stream bank vegetation,
student group stream cleanups, watershed scavenger hunts, stream captain
training and stream watch volunteer workshops.
· In October 2008, a new Patapsco Heritage Trail map was developed,
giving a detailed route for biking and hiking, from Ellicott City to
the BWI Trail near the airport.
· In November 2006, A new pedestrian bridge was built over the
Patapsco River, completing 1.25 mile Grist Mill Trail Extension, a multi-purpose
trail that provides ADA accessible access into the Patapsco State Park
from Ellicott City, Catonsville and other upstream communities for the
first time since Agnes struck in June of 1972 and wiped out portions
of River Road, eliminating the Howard County connection to the Park.
· In the fall of 2003, the Grist Mill Trail opened near Ellicott
City to enhance ADA- (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible recreational
opportunities. This section connects the famed swinging bridge in the
Avalon Area of the park to Lost Lake, a special fishing area for children
under age 16, senior citizens and visitors with disabilities, and once
a reservoir for the Avalon Iron and Nail Works and the Baltimore County
· Past sponsor of A Winter's Feast which was held in the Hollofield
Section of Patapsco Valley State Park in the wintertime. This one day,
three hour inter-generational event re-lives the spirit of community
potluck picnics, with hot drinks and food cooked by the boy scouts on
the grill outside, scout demonstration, short hike to the Patapsco River,
playing with old-time toys and games, live music, sing-along songs,
and sharing of stories by participants of their personal experiences
and memories in the Patapsco Valley and balloon finale for those young
· For the past 11 years, the annual Garlic Mustard Challenge
has been held in the Avalon/Glen Artney section of Patapsco Valley State.
This one day, 4-½ hour educational event encompasses a challenge
between groups of volunteers who pull out the invasive garlic mustard
plant in Patapsco Valley State Park. After this two-hour volunteer activity,
participants are treated to hands-on environmental displays, live music,
history of the valley through local historians, old-fashioned picnic
games (i.e., egg toss, sack races, etc.) and a scavenger hunt. The children's
"Villain of the Valley" poster contest is held, selecting
the best poster that adequately depicts the problem of the invasive
plant, as well as the popular Garlic Mustard Chef Challenge, where participants
enter their best recipes using garlic mustard herb as one of the major
ingredients. To date, we have successfully removed 14,007 pounds of
this invasive plant from areas throughout Patapsco State Park.
· In the fall 2006, several new interpretive signs were installed
along the Grist Mill Trail adjacent to sites of historic interest, telling
the story of the valley while providing a close-up view of its scenic
· Partnership with Baltimore County Department of Environmental
Protection & Natural Resources for environmental recons to determine
the overall condition of the Patapsco watershed and potential projects
for enhancement, active participation in Baltimore County's Storm Water
Action (SWAP) Program involving community support, as well as creation
of new Stream Watch Program.
· Past sponsorship of "Greenway Guides," a volunteer
program of nature and history guided walks.
· Past sponsorship of "Story Circles," a highly praised
program that captures and preserves oral history from older Valley residents
and presents the stories in a staged setting, including presentations
by the Patapsco Players.
· Sponsorship and grant management of comprehensive research
and publication (Summer 2001, Maryland Historical Society) of The Patapsco
Valley: Cradle of the Industrial Revolution in Maryland, by Henry K.
· Sponsorship and grant management of Patapsco: Portraits of
a Valley, featuring photographs and accompanying interview text. This
is now a traveling exhibit. The Library of Congress for their bicentennial
celebration selected the project as a "local legacy." Photographs
currently reside at the University of Maryland Baltimore County Campus
· Participation in the development of the National Road Corridor
Management Plan. The Maryland Department of Planning is the lead agency
in a public-private-government partnership to preserve, enhance, interpret,
and market (for heritage tourism) Maryland's part of the Historic National
Road, with potential designation as an "All American Road."
· Coordination and participation with local, state, and federal
preservation organizations to inventory and preserve the historic and
cultural assets of the Valley. Currently, the PHG is investigating the
possibility of obtaining certified heritage area status for the Patapsco
· Creation of a website to educate others about the mission
and events of the the Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway at www.patapscoheritagegreenway.org.
· We are currently working with Howard County Government, Constellation
Energy, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and others to expand the stream
watch program in Howard and Anne Arundel Counties, increasing the monitoring
of local waterways and conducting additional watershed cleanups.
· Worked with the Maryland State Highway Administration and
Maryland Department of Transportation officials to create safe bike
lanes along a section of Frederick Road, from River Road in Catonsville
to the bridge in historic Ellicott City (which connects both Baltimore
and Howard counties), on both sides of the road.
Key statistics and initiatives:
Other new initiatives and programs:
- Over 1,400 volunteers participated in PHG-sponsored environmental
- Thirty-two (32) river/stream cleanups, removing over 39 tons (79,143
pounds) of trash/junk from Patapsco Valley
- 106 new trees planted; 56 of those trees created a new American
Chestnut Trees Grove; 135 previously planted trees maintained
- Over a ton (2,119 pounds) of invasive garlic mustard removed from
the Patapsco Valley
- Thirty-eight new members, totaling 238 members
- 63 stream watch volunteers throughout the Patapsco Valley area
- New Business Plan developed
- New part-time Executive Director position
- Creation of new advisory committees (Management/Financial, Education,
Environment, Fundraising, History, Land Use, Membership, Public Relations,
Recreation and Events, and Trails
- New informal history talks (Relay, B&O Railroad Station in Ilchester
and Ellicott City
- New guided kayak rides along the Patapsco River
- New guided bike rides along the Patapsco Heritage Trail
- New guided bird-watching hikes in Patapsco State Park along the
Grist Mill Trail
- New stream watch training held in spring and fall for stream watch
- Rain barrel workshop held in partnership with Howard County Master
Gardeners, distributing rain barrels to interested participants
- Participation in new hands-on educational program in partnership
with CCBC Catonsville Campus Biology and GPS Departments, teaching
students to analyze stream species and canopy, to determine and track
changes in stream water quality
- New environmental/history scavenger hunt educational program
- School-age group cleanups (ranging from 80-100 students)
- Comprehensive stream survey of Coopers Run by Environmental Committee
- New business group cleanups, partners & sponsors
- Over 1,500 volunteers participated in PHG-sponsored environmental
- Thirty-two (32) river/stream cleanups, removing an estimated 74,758
pounds (over 37 tons) of trash/junk from Patapsco Valley
- New pilot school-age group cleanups (ranging from 80-200 students)
- New pilot business group cleanups
- 50 new 6-foot trees planted; 85 previously planted trees maintained
- 31 stream watch volunteers throughout the Patapsco Valley area
- Recon investigations of Cedar Run and Bull Run/Soapstone Branch/Santee
- New Patapsco Heritage Trail map created for biking and
hiking from Ellicott City to the BWI Trail
- Forty-four new members, totaling 203 members
- Our members and other volunteer friends were responsible for removing
over 35 tons of trash throughout the Patapsco River Valley area.
- Thirty separate PHG sponsored clean-ups were conducted based on
past recons and stream watch reports of problem areas.
- Clean-ups were conducted in Cooper's Run, Deep Run, Herbert Run,
Miller Branch, Patapsco River, Sawmill Branch, Soapstone Branch, Sucker
Branch and Tiber Hudson Branch.
- Our volunteers groups include: boy and girl scout troops, church
groups, community and civic groups, college students, public school
students and hundreds of individuals who came out just to help make
- Thanks to our 696 volunteers, approximately 71,272 pounds of trash
Click here for additional details on upcoming events and contact
Annual Garlic Mustard Challenge
Invasive Plant Removal in Patapsco State Park at the Avalon Area
has been held annually 2000-2012 on the first Sunday in May. Click
here for details on previous events.
Mill Trail Extension
The Patapsco Heritage Greenway in cooperation with the Maryland Department
of Natural Resources held a Ribbon Cutting to celebrate the completion
of the last link of the Grist Mill Trail Extension November 4,
2006 at the Patterson Viaduct, Ilchester. Our press
release and a fact
sheet are also available. A photo of the new bridge is available click
Completed Viaduct and Hotel Signs 
Organized Grist Mill Bridge/Trail Celebration 
Create a PHG Display Panel 
Develop an Endowment Program
The Hal Sharp Book
Garlic Mustard Challenge
A Winter's Feast - Patapsco State Park Hollofield
was last held Sunday, March 4, 2007; click
here for details.
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