On December 15, Blue Water Baltimore filed a lawsuit against Baltimore City for violations at the Back River and Patapsco Wastewater Treatment Plants.  See the press release here.

Thank you to all the volunteers at the Moores Run Cleanup on November 20, 2021.  Their hard work helped remove over 3 dump trucks full of trash and debris in and along Moores Run in Rosedale. 

Congratulations to the winners of our awesome raffles this weekend at the Tiki Lee's 3rd Annual Rockfish Tournament!  Thank you to Tiki Lee's for allowing us to be a part of such a great event on beautiful Back River.

Thank you Dylan Albright and Venture Crew 726 for building these awesome floating wetlands as part of project with BRRC.  These were built a couple of years ago, as you can see, the structures have held up wonderfully! We hope you all enjoy these as much we do.  We know the ducks love them.  Send an email to if you're interested in having one placed at your property. 

 BRRC Fan Photos


If you have photos of Back River that you would like to share, please send them to



Do you know of an area that would be a great location for our next clean up?   Send an email to and let us know!

*To schedule volunteer or community service hours please call (410) 241-0259 or send an email with your information to

*For sunken boats, please call DNR at (410) 260-8888.

Donation goal

Goal: $75,000.00
Collected: $78,696.55


In 2009, stakeholders for the Tidal Back River Watershed worked together to create a plan for improving the health of the watershed.  Many individuals and groups were involved in order to address a variety of areas that relate to the health and well-being of the Tidal Back River Watershed.  In February, 2010, a final report regarding the SWAP (Small Watershed Action Plan) for the Tidal Back River Watershed was created.  BRRC was a significant stakeholder in this report along with various community groups and governmental agencies.  One strategy for improving the tidal basin was the installation of a boom/trash collector south of the beltway.  Efforts began to implement this strategy and the Boom at I-695 was operational by April 2011.  Five million pounds of litter and debris has been captured and removed by our dedicated boom crew since its inception.  This strategy has made a significant impact on the health of the tidal portion of Back River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.  For detailed information about the SWAP and our boom, check out our Boom Stats page.





  • Support for our mission to clean up the Tidal Back River Watershed which ultimately protects the health and well-being of the Chesapeake Bay
  • A membership ID card to carry proudly in your wallet
  • 10% off of items for sale in our online store
  • Recognition of your years of commitment to our cause


fundraising events

There are many ways in which BRRC gains financial support such as donations and memberships.  But we also host fundraising events throughout the year to bring everyone together for our cause, celebrate our victories, and recognize those whose efforts are changing the face of the Tidal Back River.  Our fundraising events include a Golf Tournament held in June, a Rockfish Tournament held in September, and a Shrimp Feast held in October.  Hosting these types of events are critical in supporting our efforts to cleanup Back River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay.  Check out our Photo Album for pictures of past fundraising events.  As always, we thank our attendees for their continued support and enjoyment!

cleanup efforts

The locations for our cleanup efforts are determined by the communities in which the Tidal Back River Watershed exists.  We also target areas of repetitive litter and debris to maintain these areas from becoming worse over time.  Without our volunteers and members, our cleanup efforts could not be accomplished.  Members of Baltimore County government as well as local businesses also assist and identify areas of concerns.  Check out our Photo Album for pictures from previous cleanup efforts.  As always, we thank our volunteers, members, local government and businesses for their unyielding effort in helping us cleanup Back River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay!



Midge Reporting

New Crowdsourcing Tool offered to Baltimore County residents to identify nuisance midge "hot spots".

Click here to read more about this new tool.

To identify a "hot spot" area of midge nuisance, click on the tool below:

Baltimore County Environmental Reporter Tool

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Back River Restoration Committee, Inc.

Back River Restoration Committee, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

EIN: 26-2595058

531 C Eastern Boulevard

Essex, MD 21221

Phone: 410.241.0259


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