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PO Box 97
14200 Solomons Island Road
Solomons, MD 20688
P: 410-326-2042
F: 410-326-6691

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CMM Going Green

Bay-Wise LogoBay-Wise Landscape Management
"Better water quality through smarter gardening"

CMM is awarded Master Gardener Bay-Wise Certification! The MD Bay-Wise Program is designed to encourage property owners to follow management practices that enhance water quality here in Maryland. Using the Bay-Wise “yardstick” land management practices are evaluated based on controlling stormwater runoff, encouraging wildlife, protecting the waterfront, proper mowing techniques, using integrated pest management practices, recycling yard waste, fertilizing wisely, and good planting management. The goal is to achieve at least 36 inches, or points on the scale. The museum earned 74 points! Credit goes to the Yard Arms, CMM’s gardening club, for their hard work and leadership in this effort.
CMM Going Green

CMM Green Team

The CMM Green Team is dedicated to finding ways that the museum can reduce its footprint and practice good stewardship of our resources. The team members come from many different areas in the museum and have donated their time to develop and implement plans for recycling appropriate kinds of materials generated by our concerts, festivals, and seasonal events. The museum has installed many energy saving devices to conserve water and electricity throughout its operations. Utilizing a grant from the Calvert Marine Museum Volunteer Council the team was able to enlist the support of the Patuxent Small Craft Guild to construct attractive collection containers placed on the grounds. Interior recycling collection units for the exhibition building were procured through the grant assistance of WalMart and the Chaney Foundation, Ltd. Other local support has come from Island Bingo and The Green Turtle. Calvert County Solid Waste Recycling Division has continued to provide the necessary assistance for the program.To spread the word about our efforts in the area, the CMM Green Team has an exhibit display board which is available for community events.

Rain Gardens

Rain Garden
Click here to download a brochure on rain gardens provided by the Virginia Department of Forestry.
Click here to download a technical guide to rain gardens provided by the Virginia Department of Forestry.

Composting

Have you wondered what those square bins full of dying plant material at the side of the museum building are for? You may be surprised to learn that they are there to help you save the Chesapeake Bay and improve the gardens on the grounds of the Calvert Marine Museum.

Country Style Compost BinThe Calvert Marine Museum is located on Back Creek in Solomon's, Maryland, and is host to many events and activities. During the events participants consume food and drink - some of which can be used for composting. The compost shown here are located along the street side of the museum's exhibition building. They were constructed by volunteers through funding from the Chaney Foundation. They may be used for the disposal of many acceptable food items that would normally be thrown away. Paper bags and cardboard containers can also be added to the compost bins as well as items in the chart below.

The materials from the compost bins will also be used on site by Yard Arms club members, who plant and care for the landscaping at the Calvert Marine Museum. The use of the compost bins will keep garbage and trash out of Back Creek, a tributary to the Patuxent River, and reduce the amount of garbage and trash that gets dumped in a landfill. Composting is one way the guests of the Calvert Marine Museum can support stewardship of our property and the surrounding waterways.


Click here
to learn what you can add to the museum's compost bin on your next visit, or how to build one for your home.

Want to build your own compost bin. Click here for instructions.

Click here for the list of materials needed to build your own compost bin.

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