The Clean Water Partnership (CWP) has been working with the Town of Upper Marlboro to complete a stormwater project at the School House Pond on Governor Oden Bowie Drive. Adored by hikers, fisherman, county employees and runners, the 12 acre pond provides a serene backdrop for relaxing and meeting up with family, friends and colleagues from all over Prince George’s County. Members of the CWP’s Community Outreach and Construction team worked diligently with town officials to create a staging and project plan that not only met the construction timelines, but also will cause minimal disruption to the community.
The team also engaged with the Prince George’s County Revenue Authority regarding access permissions at metered spaces surrounding the pond. With construction to kick-off in June 2019, the team attended the Upper Marlboro Community Day, held at School House pond, to meet the residents, businesses and community members to be affected by construction. The CWP booth, stationed near one of the proposed forebays, was full of CWP goodies and allowed attendees to engage with friendly faces to be seen for the duration of the project. Team members also reiterated that the construction would take place in 4 phases and that access to the trail path would be restricted (trail detour markers to be provided by the CWP). Community members appreciated the thorough planning and preparation, and shared that they were looking forward to seeing the outcome, which is expected to be completed in winter 2020. Individuals that are interested in learning more about the project or that have questions, may reach out to CWP Community Outreach consultant Kristina Bigby at Kristina.bigby@