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News Release - Chesapeake Bay Trust's Community Engagement Mini Grant program.


The Mayor and Board of Commissioners are pleased to announce that the Town has been chosen to receive a grant for $5,000.00 as part of the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Community Engagement Mini Grant program. 

The grant funding will be used to start a rain barrel program in order to educate the community about storm water runoff’s direct connection to the health of local streams, ponds, lakes, and the Chesapeake Bay.  The partnership formed by the Town and Chesapeake Bay Trust will allow us to subsidize 50 percent of the cost of rain barrels and also hold two educational workshops. 

A complete rain barrel system is only $40.00!  This system includes a pre-made terra cotta colored 55/60-gallon barrel, overflow hose, and spigot.  The first rain barrel workshop will be held on October 1, 2019 from 6:00-7:00 PM at the Emmitsburg Town Office located at 300A South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD 21727.  Participants must register and pay for the barrel by September 13th to reserve a spot and a barrel.  Only one barrel per household until March 1, 2020.  

Please contact the Zach Gulden, Town Planner, at 301-600-6309 or by email at if you would like to attend the workshop and/or purchase a rain barrel.

We thank the Chesapeake Bay Trust for their generous contribution to our Town!