Vibrant Communities

Reducing Urban Stormwater Pollution and Promoting Prosperity

Sustainable Chesapeake is working in partnership with community groups and conservation partners to demonstrate how projects that reduce urban stormwater pollution can also promote prosperity for individuals and communities.

The East End Edible Rain Garden Project

 With leadership from Sustainable Chesapeake, Church Hill Activities and Tutoring a faith­ based group in the East End that provides mentoring, tutoring, and summer programs for at­ risk youth — was awarded funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund for the purpose of offering summer internships to local youths to demonstrate how urban food gardens can help prevent stormwater runoff and pollution. Design support for the gardens is provided by the Center for Watershed Protection, Sustainable Chesapeake, and the  Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.

These showcase gardens will serve as a “how-­to” guide to community garden organizations and home gardeners for using rooftop runoff as an irrigation source and how we can design our gardens to prevent stormwater pollution year round.


Church Hill Activities and Tutoring staff and youth partner with Sustainable Chesapeake and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay after a long day of work installing Richmond’s first edible rain garden.