John Eager Howard loses a few pounds (of asphalt)

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Blue Water Baltimore removing removing asphalt from JEH parking area (1/17/12)

Blue Water Baltimore and RHIC are helping John Eager Howard Elementary shed excess asphalt and concrete around its grounds. Over the course of about 3 weeks, and with volunteer help from Chesapeake Conservation Corps members, we've removed 4,000 sq. ft of impervious surface, which is anything that prohibits rainwater from absorbing into the ground. As a result, John Eager Howard will be able to divert between 8,400 and 14,000 cu.ft. of storm water run off from carrying all sorts of trash and toxins into the Chesapeake Bay.

The newly permeable surface behind JEH will be the site of a future rain garden, and the removed asphalt from the interior courtyard will be the site of native habitat gardens:

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Chesapeake Conservation Corps Members remove asphalt from JEH courtyard (1/25/12)

Once the courtyard is completed, students and teachers will have more opportunities to enjoy sunny days in the garden:

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Green Keepers enjoying the broccoli they grew at JEH's new outdoor classroom (1/10/12)

For more information about how you can do your part to help protect the Chesapeake Bay, check out Blue Water Baltimore's Water Audit Program, where you can get free advice and financial incentives to help with your home greening projects.