In June 2022, GVC hosted the Gunpowder Watershed Forum to facilitate new dialogues and collaborations between community leaders, nonprofits, government agencies, businesses, schools, and faith-based groups within our watershed and adjacent areas.
Outcomes of the Gunpowder Watershed Forum
Over 60 people representing 43 organizations attended the Gunpowder Watershed Forum on June 15, 2022 at Baltimore County Game and Fish Protective Association in Carney, MD. The Forum included a mix of presentations and interactive workshops. Presentations included:
- Keynote: Integrating Climate Change into Water Quality Efforts by Jenn Aiosa, Chief Sustainability Officer, Baltimore County Government.
- Future of Watershed Planning in Baltimore County by Rob Hirsch, Erin Watts, Wesley Schmidt (Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability)
- Lightning Rounds from
- Susan Bath, Jennifer Branch Conservation Association of the GVC
- Barbara Hopkins, NeighborSpace of Baltimore County
- Scott Scarfone, Maryland Chapter Trout Unlimited
- Sara Tomlinson, Baltimore Metropolitan Council
- Ashley Traut, Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition
The event also consisted of two interactive workshops. During the “Gunpowder in 2050” workshop, people self-selected a group to work collaboratively on a worksheet focused on a shared vision for a healthy Gunpowder Watershed and what it will take to get there. Each group discussed their answers within the context of a specific topic, including climate change and clean water, agricultural best management practices, city-county cooperation, and increasing stakeholder diversity.
Continuing the Conversations in 2023
GVC is excited to offer additional opportunities to provide input. We are hosting two “Gunpowder in 2050” Roundtables on:
- Thursday, February 23rd (3:00 – 5:00 pm at the Perry Hall Library)
- Thursday, March 9th (5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Cockeysville Library)
These are FREE events to encourage discussions among organizations and individuals within the Gunpowder Watershed. Light refreshments will be provided on February 23 and pizza will be provided on March 9 starting at 5 pm.
Grant funding for Gunpowder Roundtable provided by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation