Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Incubator Spotlight

Rock Creek Conservancy

Lush woodlands, sparkling water, the hoot of an owl, the glimpse of a fox, trails that wind through the wilderness for miles … in the heart of a major metropolitan area.  Nearly 5,000 acres of parkland border Rock Creek, offering recreation, serenity, and seasonal splendor to the capital region.

Part of keeping Bethesda green is protecting its vital green spaces.  Rock Creek Conservancy is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the health and beauty of Rock Creek and its natural areas.  Founded in 2005, the Conservancy (formerly Friends of Rock Creek’s Environment) spreads the word about threats to Rock Creek and works with government agencies, nonprofits, businesses, and residents to protect it.

The Conservancy joined the Bethesda Green incubator in September to help expand its outreach into the community.  The key to protecting Rock Creek is to connect the surrounding communities with the park.  The major threat to creek health (as well as the health of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay) is rainfall that pours off rooftops, parking lots, and streets, carrying polluted water into local streams.  The solution is capturing runoff near where the rain falls – before it gets to the creek or the park.

The Conservancy offers fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities for children, families, adults, businesses, schools, and faith institutions.  Volunteers can adopt sections of creek or park to pick up trash, remove invasive plants, and work with local authorities to address problems.

Rock Creek Conservancy was named “One of the Best” charities in the 2011-2012 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington and received Bethesda Magazine’s Green Award in October 2011.

Rock Creek Conservancy
Beth Mullin, Executive Director

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