Vision & Mission

The Herring Run has a 44 square mile watershed. It includes the Chinquapin Run, Tiffany Run, Biddison Run, Moores Run, Armistead Creek and the Red House Run. These streams make up a system that flows into Back River, and into the Chesapeake Bay. The Herring Run watershed is the largest part of the Back River watershed which is a small part of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The mission of The Herring Run Watershed Association (HRWA) is to improve the environmental quality of the Herring Run watershed for the mutual benefit of its communities and the Chesapeake Bay. We do this by mobilizing volunteers for advocacy, restoration, and education.

HRWA’s vision is of a vibrant urban community caring for and living in harmony with the natural environment, creating a healthy watershed now and for future generations.

One of our fundamental goals is to encourage cooperative efforts among city, county and state government agencies along with watershed residents and business owners to improve the quality of stream water flowing through our communities on its way to the Chesapeake Bay. Our committees, Stream Teams and staff do this through newsletters, exhibits, oral presentations and educational festivals, as well as, hands-on projects such as tree plantings, cleanups and stream surveys.

The Herring Run Watershed Association is a grassroots, volunteer-based environmental organizations was formed in January 1993 after a survey of the Herring Run and its major tributaries was conducted by 100 volunteers. It was decided that a formal organization was necessary to continue the momentum of the watershed survey. The group “inherited the Friends of Northeast Parks & Streams and obtained a tax exempt charitable tax determination in 1994. These volunteers found that there was much to be done to restore this urban stream. They met as a slowly growing club and got together for tree plantings and a special community outreach event, “Spring Migration”

Funds became available from USDA Forest Service via the Parks & People Foundation and from Volunteer Maryland to hire staff in 1997. Since then, the level of HRWA’s activities has jumped, membership has grown and the Board of Directors and Committees have prepared a strategic plan.

HRWA’s focus on local stewardship as a community-based resource has attracted the notice of other non-profit groups and state and federal agencies. In 2000, HRWA and it’s titular founder, Lynn Kramer, were awarded Maryland’s high honor of the Tawes Award For A Clean Environment.

Also in 2000, HRWA received EPA “Small Watershed” funds through the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation to equip volunteers to monitor the several creeks and runs of the stream system.