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News, notes and thoughts from Blue Water Baltimore.



Ongoing Sewage Leak in the Chinquapin Run

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On May 12, 2016, a staff member at Blue Water Baltimore was on her way to investigate a report of illegal dumping in the Perring Loch neighborhood, and her route took her across the Loch Raven Boulevard bridge. While crossing the bridge,…

Great Grasses for Native Gardens

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One of the easiest ways to make your Baltimore yard a healthy and attractive place for wildlife is to increase the number and variety of native grasses you use. Thankfully, the many indigenous grasses we grow and sell at Herring…

Four Ferns for Dry Places

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When gardeners are looking for native plants for dry shade, ferns are not often the first type of plant to come to mind. It is true that many species of ferns prefer consistent moisture, yet there are ferns that are…

Winterberry: Native Shrubs That Multitask

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At Herring Run Nursery our favorite native shrubs are ones that can multitask: they are beautiful, attract wildlife, and help reduce storm water pollution. One of the very best of multitasking native shrubs is Ilex verticillata, or winterberry holly. A…

Eat Your Natives

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In 2012, for the first time ever, Herring Run Nursery was a vendor at the 25th annual Baltimore Herb Festival. We grow and sell native plants primarily for their wildlife value and pollution reduction merits, but it turns out that many native…

Stop Trashing My City!

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Here’s an alarming statistic: the trash interceptor where Watershed 246 empties into the Baltimore Harbor (near Canton) receives between three to five tons of trash MONTHLY. That’s 6,000 to 10,000 pounds of refuse getting carried by stormwater from the city’s…