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Litter does more than look bad and detract from our communities—it washes into storm drains and pollutes our waterways. There’s no single solution to combating the litter issue in Baltimore County, which is why we've taken a multi-agency approach through both litter prevention and removal programs. Learn more about these programs by emailing

BaltCo Litter Blitz Volunteers Made Tons of Difference this Earth Month 

Thank you to the 1,600 volunteers who removed 11,678 pounds of litter in 83 BaltCo Litter Blitz cleanups all across Baltimore County during Earth Month. Communities teamed up with the County to tackle litter, making literally tons of difference in this outdoor spring cleaning. See below for year-round community anti-litter programs and review our helpful Litter Blitz Community Cleanup Checklist.

Name Our Streams Contest

The U.S. Geologic Survey has approved “Church Meadow Creek” as the new name for the previously unnamed, local stream in Pikesville. It crosses Church Lane and runs through a new, four-acre County park (currently in the planning stages). Thanks to everyone who submitted a stream name suggestion and participated in a Clean Green 15 litter cleanup! We plan to celebrate with the community in conjunction with the development of the new park.

Anti-Litter Programs for Residents

To help give your anti-litter efforts a lasting, ripple effect throughout your community, we encourage you to participate in the following County programs that combat litter and show that you care about keeping our environment clean.

The Litter-Smart Business Program

The County’s Litter-Smart Business program  for commercial operations and other establishments offers real-world tactics for effective waste management, as well as encouraging litter removal and prevention.

County Litter Removal and Enforcement

The County’s street sweeping program helps keep sediment and trash from clogging storm drains and flowing into the Chesapeake Bay. The Bureau of Highways’ 10 street sweepers remove some 6,000 tons of debris each year from County roadways with curbs and gutters.

Volunteer at Your Local Watershed Association

Join a local watershed association to participate in volunteer opportunities to make improvements to our streams, forests and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. Find contact information for your local watershed below to learn about restoration activities available in your community.

WatershedVolunteer Contact Information
Back River



Baltimore Harbor
Bird River
Deer CreekDeer Creek Watershed Association
  • Gwynns Falls 
  • Jones Falls
Blue Water Baltimore
Liberty ReservoirFriends of Patapsco Valley and Heritage Greenway
  • Little Gunpowder
  • Loch Raven
  • Lower Gunpowder Falls
  • Middle River
  • Tidal Gunpowder
Patapsco RiverPatapsco Heritage Greenway

Gunpowder Valley Conservancy (GVC)

Prettyboy Watershed Alliance

Additional Resources

Watch the "Watershed Moments" video series.

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Clean Green Baltimore County

County Office Building
111 West Chesapeake Avenue
Room 305
Towson, Maryland 21204


David Lykens