Prince George’s County School Ground Greening

What is polluted runoff?

Parts of the Chesapeake Bay watershed contain a high percentage of impervious cover – paved or other hard surfaces such as roofs and roadways that prevent rain water from being absorbed into the ground.  Instead, water runs along these surfaces, collecting trash and substances such as motor oil, lawn fertilizers, and pesticides.  This polluted stormwater flows into streams and rivers, where it threatens aquatic ecosystems and public health.  

Effective stormwater management, on the other hand, creates safe paths for polluted runoff to be captured and filtered through the ground before it reaches waterways.  This helps keep the environment clean and our communities healthy!

Bioretention / Rain Gardens
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One of three new rain gardens. Photo credit: Clean Water Partnership.
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The new permeable sidewalk. Photo credit: Clean Water Partnership.


Project location: Hyattsville, MD and Landover, MD

Problem:  The school grounds of two Prince George’s County schools – the G. James Gholson Middle School in Hyattsville and the Cora L. Rice Elementary School in Landover – were experiencing erosion and pollution challenges due to stormwater from the surrounding area.

Solution:  As part of Prince George’s County Clean Water Partnership stormwater effort, the school grounds were retrofitted with permeable sidewalks and bioretention rain gardens planted with species that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.  The new features not only control flooding and erosion; they have also beautified the school properties and created learning opportunities for students.

Funding sources: Prince George’s County stormwater fees

More information:

Contact Information
Tasha BrokenBerry | Corvias and Clean Water Partnership |
Key project facts
Project Type
Story Focus
Environmental Justice
Job Creation
Community Engagement
Business Partnerships
Stormwater Funds
Problem Addressed
Flooding / Drainage
Runoff Pollution
Year Installed
State Legislative District
Federal Legislative District