The Clean Water Partnership (CWP) and Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) launched the CWP Schools Program, a pilot program designed to assist PGCPS with treating and managing stormwater runoff from impervious sites by utilizing BMPs. This collaborative effort between PGCPS and the CWP will help the County achieve its stormwater compliance goals while also providing an educational legacy for future generations committed to managing the water quality in Prince George’s County communities.

Schools are pre-selected by the Prince George’s County School Board, then vetted by the CWP team of engineering experts. Incorporating a community-based approach, the CWP Outreach team works directly with principals, building services staff, and Green Team champions to plan, design, install and maintain the stormwater device. Additionally, students and volunteers participate in planting native plants and adding mulch to complete a BMP installation. Interpretive signage provides BMP information, BMP benefits, visuals and illustrations which describe the most common pollutants affecting stormwater runoff in the area.

Furthermore, a group of environmental partners which includes Anacostia Watershed Society, Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE), William Schmidt Center and others are working the CWP schools to create and promote environmental outdoor education activities. This grant-funded “Treating & Teaching” program, provides teachers and maintenance staff with the tools and resources necessary to build curriculums around the installed devices, and the proper techniques on aesthetic maintenance.

The CWP Schools Program has remarkably manifested into a means to educate Prince George’s County students about the importance of sustainable stormwater management and environmental stewardship within their own communities. This short video shows how the CWP schools program is making an impact for Prince George’s County students and faculty.

At-a-Glance CWP Schools Partnership

List of Participating Schools:

Allenwood Elementary Baden Elementary Beacon Heights Elementary Calverton Elementary Capitol Heights Elementary
Carmody Hills Elementary Carrollton Elementary Central High Columbia Park Elementary Concord Elementary
Cool Springs Elementary Crossland High District Heights Elementary Dora Kennedy French Emersion School Dwight Eisenhower Middle
Eleanor Roosevelt High Forest Heights Elementary Francis Scott Key Elementary Frederick Douglass High Friendly High
G. James Gholson Middle Glenridge Elementary Greenbelt Elementary Gwynn Park High High Point High
John Bayne Elementary John Hanson Montessori John E Howard Elementary Largo High Laurel Elementary
Lewisdale Elementary Mattaponi Elementary MLK Middle Montpelier Elementary Oaklands Elemantary
Oxon Hill Middle Parkdale High Phyllis E Williams Elementary Potomac High Princeton Elementary
Robert Goddard Montessori Rogers Heights Elementary Rosa Parks Elementary Scotchtown Elementary Seat Pleasant Elementary
Tall Oaks High Tayac Elementary Templeton Elementary Thurgood Marshall Middle Valley View Elementary
Waldon Woods Elementary Walker Mill Middle William Paca Elementary William Schmidt Center Woodmore Elementary

List of Outdoor Classrooms:

Carrollton Elementary Crossland High Dwight Eisenhower Middle John Bayne Elementary Phyllis E Williams Elementary
Robert Goddard Montessori Waldon Woods Elementary Woodmore Elementary