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:
|Baden Elementary||Bond Mill Elementary||Calverton Elementary||Capitol Heights Elementary||Carmody Hills Elementary|
|Central High||Cool Springs Elementary||District Heights Elementary||Eleanor Roosevelt High||Francis Scott Key Elementary|
|Friendly High||Glenridge Elementary||Gwynn Park Elementary||High Point High||John H. Bayne Elementary|
|John Hanson Montessori||Largo High||Laurel Elementary||Lewisdale Elementary||Mattaponi Elementary|
|Oaklands Elemantary||Oxon Hill Middle||Parkdale High||Phyllis E. Williams Spanish Immersion||Potomac High|
|Princeton Elementary||Robert Goddard Montessori||Rosa Parks Elementary||Scotchtown Elementary||Seat Pleasant Elementary|
|Tall Oaks High||Templeton Elementary||Thurgood Marshall Middle||Valley View Elementary||Walker Mill Middle|
|William Schmidt Center|