Chemistry faculty member Tracey Mason lives in the watershed area of the Gunpowder River in Perry Hall. Because of this, she was eligible for a grant from the Gunpowder Valley Conservacy's Clear Creeks Program: a "grant-funded, citizen-based initiative to restore the water quality of the Middle River, Tidal Gunpowder, Bird River, and Lower Gunpowder Falls watersheds in Baltimore County. " Dr. Mason and volunteers (including Stevenson faculty members and students and even some Towson University students!) installed a native plants rain garden, which serves to filter runoff from hers and nearby homes before ending up in the storm drain. The event included a presentation on Bay-Wise practices then the planting of native plants, shrubs and grasses. It was a great day to learn about Chesapeake Bay conservation!