If you’ve taken a walk around Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, you’ve probably seen the floating marsh grasses bobbing in the water near the World Trade Center! It’s been many years since the Inner Harbor was ringed with natural wetlands, and today the water in the Inner Harbor is notoriously degraded, plagued by issues such as dangerous bacteria levels, nutrient pollution, and trash. Despite the poor quality of the water, these floating wetlands – made partially of repurposed litter – thrive! They’re a testament to the fact that with creative problem solving and greater awareness, we can take better care of our waterways, even if they’re in the heart of a city.
At the Baltimore Community Toolbank, volunteers of all ages have participated in the process of building floating wetlands! 10 modular wetlands have already been deployed in the inner harbor to replace some that were damaged by strong winds and weighed down by too many barnacles and mussels. We’re building more to store in our warehouse so that we can have an inventory of floating wetlands available for a quick planting and deployment whenever and wherever they are needed.