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Management Plan

The Patapsco Heritage Greenway Inc. (PHG) is dedicated to preserving, protecting, interpreting and restoring the environment, history and culture of the Patapsco River Valley. We translate this mission into two primary goals:

Protecting the Valley

Telling the Story of the Valley

While we are neither a property-owning or governmental organization, we encourage the positive management of the Patapsco Valley and its visitors. We participate in a wide variety of state and county planning activities. We also are actively involved in developing educational materials about the environment and the history of the Valley.

Our motivation is to ensure that the Patapsco Valley remains pleasant for our generation and for future generations. See our Management Plan approved by the Maryland Heritage Area Authority, January 2015, for how we plan to proceed to protect and enhance the Patapsco Heritage Area.


PHG announces Patapsco Valley Heritage Area hiSTORY DAYS
November 6 – 14, 2015, an annual series of educational talks & events to increase understanding of the environment, history, and culture of the Patapsco Valley.
Click the link above for details of events, dates and location. Our brochure may be accessed here.

Patapsco Heritage Greenway Announces new Mini-Grant Program

The Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Inc. (PHG) is pleased to announce the inaugural mini-grant program for the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area. The mini-grants program is designed to assist heritage-related sites, organizations and municipalities with the development of new and innovative programs, partnerships, exhibits, tours, events, and other initiatives consistent with the regional goals and objectives in the state and county approved Management Plan. The Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Inc. encourages mini-grant proposals that include collaborative partnerships, enhance preservation, encourage stewardship of natural resources, and promote heritage tourism. Non-profit organizations and local jurisdictions located within the Patapsco Valley Heritage Area, or who are creating projects or programs within or benefitting the Area, are eligible to apply. The maximum grant award is $2500 and requires a 1:1 match. Applications are due October 1, 2015. Pending available funds, a second round of grants will be announced early in 2016. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact PHG’s Director, Mary Catherine Cochran at mcc.phg@gmail.com to discuss potential grant proposals no later than two weeks before the due date and prior to completion of the application.

FY16 Patapsco Valley Heritage Area Mini-Grant Guidelines

FY16 Patapsco Valley Heritage Area Mini-Grant Application

Developed in part with State Funds from the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority, an instrumentality of the State of Maryland.


State Awards $109,000 in Grant Funding for Patapsco
Valley Heritage Area

Stream Watch Program


The Patapsco Heritage Greenway is searching for volunteers for the stream watch program for the Patapsco River Valley. Adult volunteers and families are needed that live, work or “play” close to streams that flow into the Patapsco River, especially in Baltimore and Howard Counties. Volunteers are needed as cleaners, walkers or watchers for a short stretch of a stream.


Mary Catherine Cochran Joins Patapsco Heritage Greenway as New Executive Director for Maryland’s Thirteenth Heritage Area. See our press release here.

PHG 2014 Environmental Report Card

2014 Statistics on Environmental Education and Restoration Programs include:

  • 1,593 volunteers
  • 4,388 volunteer hours
  • 28 cleanups
  • 76,054 pounds of trash/junk removed (over 38 tons)
  • 100 new 5-foot native trees planted
  • 1,444 pounds of invasive plants removed (.7 ton)
  • 104 waterway sites being monitored by volunteer stream watchers
  • 17 free environmental workshops sponsored by PHG
  • 412 participants who attended PHG environmental workshops

2015 CALENDAR OF EVENTS (click here)


Tiber Hudson Subwatershed Restoration Action Plan for one of five major tributaries to the Lower Patapsco and including a major population center for Howard County, Ellicott City. The plan was developed by the Center for Watershed Protection, Inc. in conjunction with the Patapsco Heritage Greenway. It was funded (in part) through a grant from the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Trust and Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Patapsco Small Watershed Action Plan for the Baltimore County portion of the watershed has now been completed by Baltimore County in partnership with PHG. Click the link above for the Action Plan and Characterization reports.

Check out our coloring/activity book for kids of all ages. Special thanks to Betsy McMillion, Lisa Wingate, Connie Regan Alexander and Mays & Associates for their efforts in putting this together! For printed copies, please email info@patapscoheritagegreenway.org


We have been working hard for more than a decade to preserve the Patapsco Valley's culture, history, and environment. For a complete list of our accomplishments, click here.

For more information, please contact us by:

Phone at 410-480-0824

Becoming a PHG Fan at FACEBOOK http://www.facebook.com/groups/148030745257934/
e-mail at info@patapscoheritagegreenway.org or
website at www.patapscoheritagegreenway.org
mailing your comments to: PHG, 6553 Belmont Woods Road, Elkridge, MD 21075

TWITTER page: http://twitter.com/#!/patapscovalley

VOLUNTEER! Check out our Event Calendar and Stream Watch Program for volunteer opportunities. If you would like to join hundreds of other volunteers in cleaning up the Patapsco Valley area, please call 410-480-0824 or e-mail info@patapscoheritagegreenway.org.


Patapsco Heritage Greenway
Kit Valentine Memorial Internship

Kit Valentine was a life-long resident and champion of the Patapsco Valley. He was an exemplary man who cherished his family, his faith, and his friends above everything. Kit died in September 2014 at the age of 73.
Kit’s strong faith, dedication to Boy Scouting, and commitment to his community led him to participate in many activities focused on the Patapsco Valley. He was an active member in his church in Catonsville. As a young man he built a nature trail in the McKeldin section of the Patapsco Valley State Park for his Eagle Scout project. He was instrumental in the Rails-to-Trails improvements for the Catonsville/Oella/Ellicott City trolley lines and the Short Line to Catonsville. For many years, specifically the ten years he served as president of the Patapsco Heritage Greenway, he sought to protect the environmental, historical, and cultural resources of the Valley he so loved.
The Patapsco Heritage Greenway has established an internship to honor Kit’s memory. Starting in 2015, PHG will be looking for applicants who embody the personal qualities of Kit Valentine and who have the interest in environmental sustainability, historical preservation, and public service that he demonstrated. Once selected, they will be assigned projects to help preserve and enhance the Patapsco Valley.
If you would like to contribute to this internship, you can do so at this link.

To make an online donation in memory of Kit, please indicate that purpose in the “memo” field. Or you may send your contribution to:
The Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Inc., 6553 Belmont Woods Road, Elkridge, MD 21075

Kit’s family and the Patapsco Heritage Greenway would welcome your help to keep Kit’s memory alive and to continue the work in the Valley he loved.



Patapsco Valley hiSTORY Days kicks off on the closing night of the Smithsonian’s Hometown Teams exhibit with a “ball park” reception. Don’t miss this last chance to see a wonderful exhibit AND help support Maryland’s newest Heritage Area. Meet veteran freelance journalist Tom Flynn, author of Baseball in Baltimore. Ballpark menu & beverages.

$50 donation per person / $85 per couple

Purchase Tickets online using the button below: (Please indicate RECEPTION as the Purpose)

OR mail check payable to:
Patapsco Heritage Greenway. Inc.
P. O. Box 96, Ellicott City, MD 21041


In Memory of former PHG President Kit Valentine:
A recent article about Kit's life and contributions he has made to the Patapsco Valley may be found here. Further details about the Kit Valentine Memorial Internship is here. To make an online donation in memory of Kit, please indicate that purpose in the “memo” field. Or you may send your contribution to:
The Patapsco Heritage Greenway, Inc., 6553 Belmont Woods Road, Elkridge, MD 21075

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last update 6Oct2015

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