Blue Water Blog - Author Archives: Alice Volpitta

News, notes and thoughts from Blue Water Baltimore.



Examining Microbial Biodiversity

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Recently our Water Quality Monitoring program teamed up with Dr. Robert Hilderbrand, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Appalachian Laboratory, to look at another dimension of water health in the Jones Falls stream.  Here, Dr.…

Erosion and Sediment Control Enforcement

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As the Water Quality Manager at Blue Water Baltimore, my days are usually spent collecting water samples in our streams and Harbor or teaching people how different types of pollution enter our waterways. Earlier this month, I swapped my work…

Volunteers Discover Sewage Leak in Roland Run

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On Saturday, August 29, a small group of volunteers conducted an Outfall Screening Blitz (OSB) in the Roland Run, a tributary to the Jones Falls that flows through south central Baltimore County. Volunteers waded through a half-mile section of the…

Thunderstorms Challenge Baltimore’s Waterways

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Intense thunderstorms last month brought huge chunks of hail to some areas, caused widespread flooding, and led to massive sewage overflows in the Jones Falls corridor. Raw sewage and wastewater debris exploded out of the manholes along the Jones Falls…

2015 Project Clean Stream A Big Success

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With the help of our amazing volunteers and outstanding Site Captains, Project Clean Stream 2015 was the most successful cleanup event in Blue Water Baltimore’s history. We coordinated cleanups at 93 sites throughout Baltimore City and Baltimore County, where over…

O Captain! My Captain! Be a Project Clean Stream Leader

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Project Clean Stream is the biggest environmental volunteer event of the year. Last year 1,056 volunteers removed 49,697 pounds of trash from neighborhood streams and streets at 47 sites throughout Baltimore City and Baltimore County during Project Clean Stream. This is…

Reporting Water Pollution Just Got Easier

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Blue Water Baltimore’s new Pollution Reporting Form makes it easier than ever to pinpoint the location of pollution using GPS coordinates or a street address. In fact, accessing the form with your smartphone will automatically fill in your current GPS…

Waterways Shed 10,000 Pounds of Trash

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In mid-November, 260 volunteers joined staff from Blue Water Baltimore and Gunpowder Valley Conservancy to remove trash from local streams during the annual Better Waterways Fall Cleanup. At ten cleanup sites, seven in Baltimore City and three in Baltimore County,…