By Larry Perl
Baltimore, MD (September 30, 2009)- The Chesapeake Bay Trust has awarded the north Baltimore-based Jones Falls Watershed Association a $33,000 grant, in partnership with the Greater Homewood Community Corp., to plant 485 trees in Baltimore City neighborhoods, parks, near schools and streets and other public right of ways.
About 1,000 city residents are expected to participate in the project, the trust said in a news release Sept. 22. The grant is one of 109 totaling more than $800,000 that the trust has awarded to organizations and schools around Maryland to restore the bay and to educate the public through projects aimed at improving the health of the bay and tributary streams and rivers.
The grants are awarded quarterly, but this round supports efforts to create “green schools” and improve the environmental literacy of Maryland’s students, according to the trust.
The trust, an independent nonprofit organization based in Annapolis, wants to fund projects that increase tree canopy, reduce stormwater runoff, improve water quality, enhance natural habitat and improve quality of life in urban areas, the release states.
Jones Falls Watershed Association officials could not be reached for comment.
Baltimore Messenger- Association gets grant to plant 485 trees in city neighborhoods