**MEDIA ADVISORY** MDE Secretary to kick off Stormwater Innovations Tour at Real Food Farm in Baltimore City

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

**MEDIA ADVISORY** MDE Secretary to kick off Stormwater Innovations Tour
at Real Food Farm of Civic Works in Baltimore City

BALTIMORE, MD (November 18, 2013) – Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Robert M. Summers will kick off the MDE Stormwater Innovations Tour at Real Food Farm of Civic Works in Baltimore City on Wednesday. The  tour will highlight the stormwater remediation efforts of government, communities and citizens around the State and will conclude with the Smart, Green & Growing Clean Water Trade Show in January 2014.   A short press conference at Real Food Farm will be followed by a tour of the farm’s bioswale and innovative urban runoff re-use projects funded by grants from the Chesapeake Bay Trust.

Who:

  • MDE Secretary Robert M. Summers
  • Delegate Dana Stein (Executive Director – Civic Works)
  • Delegate Mary Washington, State Delegation Representative (Invited)
  • Frank Dawson, DNR Assistant Secretary 
  • Jana Davis, Chesapeake Bay Trust (Invited)
  • Mary Pat Clarke, Baltimore City Council (Invited)
  • John Ciekot, Projects Director, Civic Works (Invited)
  • Zach Chissell, Real Food Farm Program Manager (Invited)
  • Ashley Traut, Board Member and Blue Water Baltimore (Invited)

Where: Real Food Farm of Civic Works, 2801 St. Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213 – Dress for outdoor weather

When:  Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 11:30 a.m.

Why: Eighteen percent of pollution in the Chesapeake Bay can be attributed to the negative effects of unmanaged stormwater run-off.  Managing and preventing stormwater runoff and pollution from entering our waterways is crucial to restoring the Bay. 

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