Environmental Committee

Who We Are

The Kings Contrivance Environmental Committee is a working group whose mission is to “advocate, provide support, clean, maintain, protect, enhance and sustain our open space and watershed.” The committee organizes community clean ups twice a year in the spring and in the fall. The committee is always looking for new members. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Hillary Bierce at hillarybierce@gmail.com.

What We Do

Notes from Previous Environmental Committee Meetings:

1. Organize Community Clean-ups


Since 2002, Kings Contrivance has hosted community clean-ups each year. One clean up event takes place on Earth Day in the spring and a second clean up is scheduled in the fall. Each clean-up is from 10am-1pm on a Saturday.

This is a grassroots effort to keep the streets, paths and open space in our neighborhoods litter-free. It is a small amount of time to volunteer to make a huge difference in our community. The events are fun and family-friendly. We welcome individuals, families, and groups, such as the scouts, high school clubs and church groups. We offer refreshments at Amherst House on clean-up days, and we provide community service certificates to those who need them. Please contact Amherst House or click on the "Community Events" tab for information on the next clean up event!

2. Storm Drain Stenciling & Slow the Flow Resources


After every rainfall, trash, pesticides, gasoline, and oil enter the county storm drains in addition to normal rain runoff. From there it flows into our local streams, rivers and eventually to the Chesapeake Bay. You can do something to help encourage people to stop putting these harmful substances down our drains by stenciling a storm drain. It is a simple act that can have a huge impact on our local environment.

The complete directions for stenciling a storm drain and county forms needed to request approval for the project can be downloaded from this site.

Please see the following on Columbia Association's Rain Garden Cost Share Program, Howard County's Watershed Steward Assessment Program, and other information:

Howard County Stormwater Management Division: https://www.howardcountymd.gov/SWM

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