Blue Water Blog - Notes From the Field

News, notes and thoughts from Blue Water Baltimore.



Unexpected Visitor Brings Hope to the Jones Falls

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While collecting water samples for the EPA Mill Corridor Study in the lower Jones Falls stream, Blue Water Baltimore Water Quality Manager Alice Volpitta and Intern Chris Bellmyer, stumbled upon something that they had never seen before — a 30-inch long…

Environmental Construction Team

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The newly established Environmental Construction Team is a small and tight knit unit of veteran construction and landscaping specialists. Currently they are under contract with Baltimore Tree Trust to create tree pits for street trees in neighborhoods near Patterson Park…

What’s That Fly? Tiger Bee Fly

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The diversity of insects in Maryland is sometimes astonishing. And in a healthy environment – full of native plants and free of pesticides – complex webs of life evolve. The webs often include what gardeners sometimes refer to as “beneficial…

YouthWorks Program

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This year, we have expanded our summer program to offer job placements for up to 14 students through the Youthworks program as well as six crew supervisors for young adults hired directly by Blue Water Baltimore. This significant effort almost…

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…

Harris Creek Connected

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Did you know that much of East Baltimore is connected by a creek that is not visible above ground? Harris Creek is an underground creek in East Baltimore that runs from Clifton Park to Canton. The creek runs through the…