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Urban Waters Partnership

Urban Waters and the Patapsco Watershed/Baltimore Region (Maryland)

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Patapsco Watershed / Baltimore Area

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Urban Waters Voices: Patapsco River

The 375,000-acre Patapsco River Watershed spans four counties, flows to the Baltimore City Harbor and ultimately into Chesapeake Bay. The Patapsco River Watershed includes:

  • Patapsco River
  • Gwynn Falls
  • Jones Falls
  • Herring Run
  • Baltimore Harbor

The watershed consists of forested areas, rural areas, productive farms, as well as suburban, urban and industrial areas.

The Baltimore Urban Waters project will create a coordination committee and develop projects devoted to:

  • protecting and restoring urban waters
  • promoting community revitalization and strengthening social fabric by removing urban blight
  • establishing open spaces
  • creating economic development to catalyze opportunities for disadvantaged neighborhoods
  • capitalizing on the social and economic benefits derived from improved urban waters and adjacent lands

Federal partner agencies will work together with:

  • city, county and state agencies 
  • local Non-Government Organizations and Centers for Disease Control (CDCs)
  • community groups

List of Partners


  • U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Housing and Urban Development
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Department of the Interior National Park Service
  • National Resources Conservation Service
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Geological Survey


  • Maryland Department of Natural Resources
  • University of Maryland
  • Maryland Department of the Envrionment
  • Baltimore Office of Sustainability
  • Baltimore Department of Public Works
  • Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability

Non-Governmental Orgs

  • Interfaith Partners of the Chesapeake
  • Parks and People
  • MD Sierra Club
  • Baltimore City Arborist
  • Center for Chesapeake Communities
  • National Aquarium
  • Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
  • Baltimore Green Space
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Partnership in Action Report