In a unique P3 arrangement, Corvias and Prince George’s County have formed The Clean Water Partnership, a 30-year program to improve the county’s stormwater infrastructure and boost the local economy through a commitment to local businesses.
BSD was one of the program’s original partners and has focused on the CWP Schools Program. School campuses offer numerous opportunities to process storm water with Best Management Practices (BMP’s) that also beautify the grounds and provide teaching tools. Working with county-based engineers the BSD team conducts analyses and assists in the preparation of permit documents, preparing planting plans that feature native plants with year-round interest.
The Schools Program is multi-faceted, engaging school facilities staff, educators and students in the process. Design, construction and maintenance of the facilities are handled by contractors in a mentor-protégé program that promotes emerging local businesses.
The implementation of the facilities culminates in educational events in which students and faculty participate in the installation of the last plants. BSD joins staff from the Anacostia Watershed Society to talk about watershed stewardship, native plants and the students’ role as important ambassadors going forward.