Each interested house of worship receives a stormwater site assessment conducted by a Stormwater Professional in collaboration with a trained AAWSA Master Watershed Steward using a localized version of our Bay Program-approved RiverWise Communities assessment protocol. This concludes with a detailed plan to trap and treat stormwater flowing from their property. Site specific BMP techniques are suggested via the assessment, but will include (among other Bay Program approved practices) rain gardens, cisterns, and the removal of impervious pavement. The plan also includes behaviors that can be adopted to reduce the effects of stormwater including: the proper use of fertilizer, reduced pesticide use, and the proper maintenance of existing parking lots and stormwater retention facilities.
The partners for this program include: the Alliance, Anne Arundel Watershed Stewards Academy (AAWSA), and Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC).