Preserve & Celebrate Patapsco Valley

The Patapsco Heritage Greenway’s (PHG) mission is to preserve, protect, interpret and restore the environment, history and culture of the Patapsco River Valley.

In 2015, the Patapsco Heritage Greenway celebrated the realization of a major goal when the Patapsco Valley became one of Maryland’s 13 certified Heritage Areas. This designation depended upon the unanimous approval of the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area (PVHA) Management Plan by both the Baltimore and Howard County Councils.


October 17, 2016
A devastating flood surged through Ellicott City's historic district a month and a half ago, destroying homes and businesses, flushing cars into the Patapsco River, toppling many trees and wiping away herbaceous plants along its course. It is hard to assign a value to what was lost. Not only are some people without their possessions, but they are without their livelihoods. Vegetation lost to the flood will no longer support the sediment banks with their roots, causing more to erosion and more sediment downstream. The Bloede Dam deconstruction was delayed, which in turn impedes the river's health, as aquatic lifeforms cannot travel upstream to proliferate. Because of the severity of the flood, restoration efforts are as crucial as ever in ensuring the sustainability of the river, as well as sharing knowledge about what caused the cataclysm and what efforts there are to mitigate stormwater's impact. In search of answers, I interviewed Lori Lilly, a person who works closely with our local environment to reduce the severity of stormwater impacts to our ecosystems.
October 11, 2016
Patapsco Heritage Greenway would like to welcome Hannah Zinnert, our new Program Manager! Hannah will be overseeing the environmental stewardship and environmental education programs and will assist with other mission-driven programs and events.