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Fifteen (15) people have successfully completed the program and been hired by DPW.  A new group of 
mentees began training in February 2016.  This is a seven-month, no cost water mentoring program. The 
program goal is to educate local young adults about the water industry and its career opportunities; and 
to develop a pipeline of future workers with the right skills to fill entry level positions in the water 
industry.  

DPW continues to allow property owners who pay a stormwater fee to save money on the stormwater 
fee by volunteering in a Maryland Stormwater Participation Event.   

Stormwater participation events specifically target projects within Baltimore City that improve water 
quality, such as a community trash clean-up, stream clean-up, tree plantings and installing rain gardens 
on community lots. In addition to helping the City reduce the polluted stormwater that flows into our 
storm drains, streams, and harbor these events also create cleaner and greener communities.  For Fiscal 
Year (FY) 2015, DPW has had 145 stormwater participation events with 4,546 volunteers, 91.4 tons of 
trash removed and 1,635 trees planted.    

The City has made significant capital investments in rehabilitating the sanitary sewer system as a result 
of its consent decree for the wastewater collection system.   

This capital investment, in combination with IDDE (Illicit Discharge Detection and Elimination) including 
field screening, surveys and tracking, and public education efforts, prevents bacteria loadings.  

DPW provided grant support to nonprofits for up to 100% of a project’s costs for watershed restoration 
and rehabilitation projects.  DPW provided $100,000 in 2014 and 2014 and plans to provide $100,000 in 
2016.  Details are noted in the FY 2015 MS4 Annual Report.  

Grant support was given to the: Growing Green Design Competition: This competition, to reuse vacant 
land that incorporates community-based stormwater management, used $100,000 from the City DPW’s 
Stormwater Utility Fund to leverage $100,000 from the US EPA and $100,000 from Baltimore City 
Department of Planning.  Green Registry and Stormwater Mapping: DPW granted $25,000 to the 
Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance to improve their existing interactive mapping tool (Green 
Registry) to support the Green Pattern Book by adding a stormwater element. The mapping tool was 
developed as part of the Urban Waters Federal Partnership, leveraging other funding from the U.S. 
Forest Service used for the initial development of the tool. In addition to this direct funding, DPW 
provided letters of support to non-profits and academic institutions in grant applications that improve 
water quality in Baltimore City. DPW’s support included staff participation in project meetings, providing 
GIS data, assisting in project review, and helping the various groups access both information and city 
agencies. In FY 2015, DPW provided letters of support to eleven (11) non-profit organizations and 
universities for grant proposals. As a result, six (6) grant proposals were successful in receiving a total of 
$328,613 from federal, state, and local foundations.  

Education and Outreach For FY 2015 Public, DPW conducted: -Five (5) Presentations on the MS4 
Watershed Implementation Plan and Stormwater Fee Credit Program (encouraging the public to install 
stormwater practices) - Thirty-three (33) presentations to 12 schools, 1,068 students with post-
presentation testing.  School presentations provided information on trash reduction, recycling, rats, and 
storm drains, related to the health of the harbor. -Eight (8) major festivals and Community events where 
DPW provided educational materials on environmental topics.  In addition, provided education and