Baltimore Neighborhood Water Quality Data
In 2011, the Urban Waters Federal Partnership established Baltimore as one of seven pilot sites in an effort to coordinate resources to “revitalize urban waters and the communities that surround them”. Collaboration among inter-governmental, inter-jurisdictional and non-governmental entities is critical to gaining a common understanding of localized problems and developing an integrated set of strategies for achieving community revitalization. The sources of data regarding urban waters are varied, ranging from water quality monitoring efforts by public agencies, NGOs, and community groups to “greening” and capital improvement projects conducted by neighborhoods, private businesses and local governments.
The Project (Phase I)
Beginning September 2012, BNIA-JFI began to create an interactive resource tool for community gardens and open spaces in an effort to timely monitoring and coordinate activities to strengthen the relationship between improving urban waters and community revitalization. This resource should be useful for leveraging community-based funding, policy development and advocacy.
Links to Partners
Data on community managed open space has been integrated from these organizations:
- Baltimore Green Space
- Parks and People
- Baltimore City Master Gardeners
- Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
- Power in Dirt
This mapping project was funded through an agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service, Northern Research Station. The Northern Research Station of the U.S. Forest Service seeks to improve people’s lives and help sustain the natural resources in the Northeast and Midwest through leading-edge science and effective information delivery. For more information, visit the Baltimore Urban Waters Partnership site.
BNIA-JFI develops community-based indicators for inclusion to annually reported Vital Signs.
For more information, visit www.bniajfi.org