Suzanne Pogell and the Spa Creek Conservancy, named after a creek in the middle of town, started a program making rain barrels and composting bins available to Annapolis' citizens. Once purchased, free installation lessons are offered as well as instructions on how to create a garden trickle system. Because everything quickly runs into the town's four creeks and then the bay, it is important that runoff is filtered, absorbed and pollution-mitigated. To date, thousands of rain barrels have been added to greater Annapolis. Homeowners are also offered a checklist of green actions to take around the house.