In an ambitious plan for cleaning up the Patapsco River -- and a blighted urban neighborhood -- activists are seeking to turn 72 blocks of West Baltimore into a series of green spaces designed to catch and filter pollutants before they reach the city's storm sewers. The Parks and People Foundation has helped to remove 14 acres of asphalt, restore 200 empty lots and plant 800 trees. While renovating the storm water infrastructure throughout the Chesapeake Bay region would cost an estimated $16 billion, neighborhood projects such as these are seen as a cost-effective way of reducing pollution, raising awareness and improving the quality of life.

Related Summaries