The Washington FPC led a local tour to focus attention on the role civil society plays in environmental protection in the U.S., such as at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and to communicate that innovative solutions need not be high-tech, expensive, or government-managed. OES’ Scott Lueders delivered OES talking points. Journalists heard how the non-profit, community-based Waterfront Partnership – a business development district – is combatting debris and promoting a clean environment at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor through its “Healthy Harbor Initiative” to make the Harbor “swimmable and fishable by 2020.” They also visited Mr. Trash Wheel – an innovative, low-tech and easily replicable solution that has prevented tons of trash from entering the harbor. Finally, they saw community-managed oyster gardens and man-made floating wetlands – all of which are helping to heal the Inner Harbor waterway.

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