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.