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Port Alliance Teams Up with BMORE Beautiful To Expand Beautification Partnerships
The Baltimore Port Alliance (BPA) is extending its community partnership programs to neighborhoods beyond the immediate Port of Baltimore area. For several years, the alliance has engaged with communities traditionally associated with
the waterfront, such as Turner Station and St. Helena in Dundalk, and more recently with Baybrook in Fairfield.
The nonprofit alliance decided to expand its reach because the Port’s influence is felt throughout Baltimore
City and County, especially its environmental impact and employment opportunities. Following the lead of the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Port Administration in developing partnerships with faith-based groups in the city, the BPA is teaming up with BMORE Beautiful, a pilot peer-to- peer beautification project underway in 22 communities.
The alliance is providing several community associations with the tools, and additional person-power, to help them clean up derelict areas — often collapsed or demolished houses — and where possible turn these sites into community gardens. Once the sites are cleared, the BPA will help plant trees and bushes and build fences.
To get started, the BPA will underwrite a $1,000 purchase of gardening tools to supplement the BMORE Beautiful tool bank. In the spring, the group plans to field a team of 20 or more “maritime volunteers” to help its neighbors exchange
Third Trash Wheel Named Captain
Baltimore’s third trash-collecting water wheel finally has a name — Captain Trash Wheel — following a public naming contest held last fall.
Captain Trash Wheel will soon begin work in Masonville Cove, an area along the Middle Branch of the Patapsco
River in South Baltimore. This area is a repository for the sediment that has been dredged from the shipping channels in the harbor. The cove features an environ- mental education center, wetlands, a pier and a bird sanctuary.
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Port Administration commissioned Captain
Members of the Baltimore Port Alliance made a site visit to an East Baltimore neighborhood
where they partner with the C.A.R.E. Community Association.
Rupert Denney, far left, of the BPA with community association members Leonard Wills and Cynthia Gross, and
Natasha Neale of the Baltimore Environmental Control Board.
urban blight for trees, bushes and grassy areas, while letting them know that the Port is indeed part of their community.
BPA plans to make this an on-going program, with members returning periodically to help maintain and even expand a rejuvenated site. BPA may adopt certain sites.
The response from alliance members has been more than encouraging; this program is kid-friendly, and can become a family event for two hours on a Saturday. Those who would like to participate but cannot afford the time may purchase and contribute tools. 􏰀
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Trash Wheel to rid the cove watershed
of trash before it enters the river. Mr. Trash Wheel and Professor Trash Wheel operate in other harbor locations, and together they have collected more than
1 million pounds of plastic bags, cigarette butts, glass bottles and other trash since
Mr. Trash Wheel was installed in 2014. All three will continue to collect
significant amounts of trash, as they attempt to work themselves out of jobs by raising awareness about making
the waterways cleaner and safe for swimming and fishing by 2020. 􏰀

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