Tree plantings scheduled at Loch Raven, Prettyboy watersheds

To help mark the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, tree plantings are scheduled this weekend, and also in November, in the Loch Raven and Prettyboy watersheds.

Both the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy and the Prettyboy Watershed Alliance will each host plantings on Saturday, Oct. 20, and the Prettyboy group will also conduct a planting on Saturday, Nov. 10. 

The new trees are intended to help protect both the Loch Raven and Prettyboy reservoirs from runoff, and will also absorb pollutants that would otherwise enter the water supply. Together, the two reservoirs provide drinking water to 1.8 million people in the region every day.

The Prettyboy Watershed Alliance received two grants from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, totaling $5,666, which will be used to plant 500 trees. The Gunpowder group will utilize grants of $38,000 from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the company, REI.

For more details about the plantings, or to help, contact Peggy Perry, of the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy, at; or Ben Larson, of the Prettyboy Watershed Alliance, at; or the Baltimore Department of Public Works' Media and Community Affairs Division, at 410-545-6541.

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