Lt. Governor Anthony Brown Visits Masonville

March 13, 2014

This morning, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, National Aquarium CEO John Racanelli, Pastor Billy Humphries, among others, gathered with students from Ben Franklin High School and the Chesapeake Center for Youth Development to celebrate and kick off Masonville Cove’s Small Watershed Action Plan (SWAP). The event was in conjunction with training for students to learn how to take an active part in the cleanup of the Masonville watershed. A SWAP is a community based plan that identifies strategies to clean up a small watershed. Strategies encompass partnerships with local watershed associations, including students, non-profits, and local organizations, as well as citizen awareness campaigns and volunteer activities. The Plan is the beginning of an effort within community to recruit citizens to help identify, assess, and clean up areas of illegal dumping and trash buildup that is polluting watersheds that lead to Masonville Cove and into the Patapsco River. The students were trained on how to identify and document hot spots related to trash, illegal dumping, illegal discharges, and water flow. Living Classrooms’ Masonville Cove is an important SWAP site to local communities and the region. Working together with partners such as the National Aquarium, Port of Baltimore, Maryland Port Administration, Chesapeake Bay Trust, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Masonville Cove acts as a gateway to connect underserved individuals and communities to the outdoors and the Chesapeake Bay through environmental education, stewardship activities, and job training programs. Learn more about programming at Masonville Cove here: