Education and Outreach
Education and outreach are critical to improving and preserving the water quality in Anne Arundel County. Educating and motivating students, homeowners, and other stakeholders to take positive personal actions and work together for greater impact is our goal. To learn more about our education and outreach materials, learn about stormwater issues, or to test your watershed knowledge, use the links below.
HOA's, schools, and other community groups that want to learn more about our program and would like to schedule a presentation can contact Robb Fish, Education and Outreach Manager, at 410-222-7521 or via email.
Education and Outreach Materials
Storm Drain Marking Program - Help protect our County’s waterways from pollution by organizing your class, scout group, family, and neighbors to place storm drain markers in your neighborhood. By marking storm drains, you’re letting neighbors know that only rain belongs down the drain!
Explore Your Watershed - Anne Arundel County consists of 12 primary watersheds and hundreds of sub-watersheds and all of them discharge directly into the Chesapeake Bay. Therefore, the activities that occur in Anne Arundel County have a direct impact on the Chesapeake Bay.
The Science of Stormwater - Many people believe that stormwater is "clean" and that it does not harm water quality. This perception is understandable since the amount of pollution from any one spot is not usually significant by itself. But when all these small amounts are combined, they can cause big water quality problems.
Reduce Stormwater Pollution at Your Home - All of the creeks, streams and rivers in Anne Arundel County discharge directly into the Chesapeake Bay. That means the daily activities that occur in our County have a direct impact on the health of the Bay. Here are simple things you can do around your home and in your yard to help reduce the flow of stormwater pollution.
Install a Rain Garden - Rain gardens provide flood control, groundwater recharge, and water-cooling benefits, while the plants, soils, and associated microorganisms remove many types of pollutants—such as excess nutrients, pesticides, oils, metals, and other contaminants—from stormwater runoff.
Responsible Boating - While most boaters appreciate the natural resources that abound in the watersheds in which they recreate, many are unaware of the impacts boating can have upon those resources.
Rhode River Bacteria Brochure - The historic Rhode River offers boaters a variety of on-the-water experiences, from birdwatching in your kayak, fishing and crabbing, to swimming in the many secluded creeks. However, recent recurrences of excessive bacteria pollution can spoil boating, swimming, and fishing.