Blue Water Blog - Enforcement/Litigation

News, notes and thoughts from Blue Water Baltimore.



Blue Water Baltimore Petitions EPA Over Stormwater Pollution

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On September 17, 2015 Blue Water Baltimore, Natural Resources Defense Council, and American Rivers submitted a petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) asking the agency to require certain types of private properties to reduce the amount of stormwater…

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…

Sediment Pollution

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Sediment pollution is a major challenge for Baltimore’s waterways. Last month we were soaked with 9.98 inches of rain, making it the wettest June on record for our area. These extreme rain events lead to very high stream flows and…

Sewage Overflows Public Advisory

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On Saturday, June 27 the Baltimore region was drenched with over three inches of rainfall in a matter of hours. Whenever large rainstorms like these hit Baltimore, stormwater runoff leaks into our sanitary sewer system through cracks in aging pipes.…

Healthy Harbor Report Card 2014

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On Thursday, June 4, Blue Water Baltimore and Waterfront Partnership celebrated the release of our annual Healthy Harbor Report Card and one year of the Inner Harbor Water Wheel cleaning up tons of trash before it entered Baltimore’s waterways. Report…

2014 Outfall Screening Blitz Racked Up Successes

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Cleaner Water, Outstanding Volunteers, and a Successful 2014 Outfall Screening Blitz Season The 2015 monitoring season for Blue Water Baltimore’s Outfall Screening Blitz (OSB) program is almost here! Before we plunge into this year we’d like to take a moment to…

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…