UMBC Stream Restoration will Enhance Ecosystems, Stormwater Management, Community Experience

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July 13, 2021

A high-potential green space on the edge of UMBC’s main campus will see big changes in the coming months.

A new $1 million grant from the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays Trust Fund, combined with about $1.4 million of university investment, will fund a major stream restoration on campus.

The stream is a small tributary of the West Branch Herbert Run, and it flows through campus by the Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena and bwtech@UMBC.

The stream is part of the Patapsco River and Chesapeake Bay watersheds.

Restoring Herbert Run is part of UMBC’s Institutional Management Plan, a stormwater master plan put in place in 2014. The plan empowers UMBC to “make decisions that serve the campus’ interests on a broader scale — on a watershed basis,” rather than addressing stormwater requirements for new construction projects in isolation, explains Larry Hennessey, Associate Director of Design and Construction Services and the lead on the restoration work.

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