At the core of this project we aim to provide jobs for young adults who have little access to environmental jobs and help to reduce stormwater loads coming from regional roads, rooftops, and parking areas. More deeply, it will help to engage the urban African American community in environmental activities, a community that is mostly under served by our current network of partners. It will also provide a pipeline of trained and enthusiastic young African Americans ready to accept jobs with mainstream Chesapeake Bay environmental groups and institutions working to protect our environment.
During the summer of 2015, READY teams in Howard county treated over 70,000 sq ft of impervious surface, installed 20 rain gardens and 8 BayScape gardens, and conducted BMP maintenance, stream cleanups, tree plantings and environmental education with students.
The Anne Arundel County READY program was piloted in 2015 and hired 15 young adults to remove invasive plants and install 4 BayScape gardens and 1 rain garden.