Harris Creek Connected

Harris Creek Connected was a finalist for the 2013 Design Ignites Change | AIGA Professional Fellowship

Location: Baltimore, MD

About the project
Harris Creek Connected is a design project to raise awareness about individual and collective actions that can improve the environmental health of the Harris Creek watershed, the Baltimore Harbor and ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay. The Harris Creek Watershed is comprised of 20 neighborhoods in East Baltimore that vary widely in socioeconomic status but are connected through a natural boundary called a watershed. The watershed is named for the Harris Creek, a waterway that once ran though these neighborhoods and is buried completely underground as part of the storm drain system.

Members of the Harris Creek communities vary widely in education and income level, and some may not consider how their actions are connected with the actions of others in different parts of the watershed. Each time it rains, storm water carries trash from all over the watershed into drains and it is dumped into the harbor.

Next steps
Harris Creek Connected is an education and community engagement project focused on actions that community members can take to improve the neighborhood, watershed and bay. Different design actions were piloted with individual communities. The next step is to collect these activities into a toolkit and scale the project watershed-wide. 

Learn more about Harris Creek Connected and contact Ben Peterson, project representative, to lend your support!