The group organizes yearly creek cleanups and has also worked on invasive species removal and water quality monitoring, though their advocacy efforts have slowed in recent years, according to Burr Gray, who heads the Cabin John Citizens Association and helped found the watershed group.
The issue of stormwater is one that plagues rivers and streams in many urban areas, and the enormity of the problem was disheartening to the group, Gray
"We looked to the county to see what solutions they might propose, but they can only do a limited amount," Gray
The group has resolved to "get back in the saddle" by tackling small projects, one at a time, Gray
They plan on beginning at the Clara Barton Community Center.
The group is seeking a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation
to plant a rain garden, or an area of vegetation that helps sop up stormwater, to help stop the flow of polluted runoff into the Cabin John.
hopes the garden would encourage homeowners to try out the technique themselves.