Blue Water Blog - water pollution

News, notes and thoughts from Blue Water Baltimore.



Speak up For Clean Water

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THE ISSUE: The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has proposed a series of changes to the municipal separated stormwater sewer system (MS4) permits that dictate how much stormwater pollution local jurisdictions can allow, and what they are required to…

National Drug Take-Back Day

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It’s a scary thought, but most of the drinking water in the United States is contaminated with pharmaceuticals. In fact, a 2010 analysis by the EPA found that 54 different active pharmaceutical ingredients and 10 metabolites have been detected in…

Baltimore City Bag Bill Defeated. For Now.

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[Note: Julie Lawson, author of this guest post, is the Director of Trash Free Maryland and a frequent partner of Blue Water Baltimore. She shares her insights into the failure last night of Baltimore City Council to pass a bag…

A New Tree Grove, Thanks to the Hardy Garden Club

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When the Hardy Garden Club approached Blue Water Baltimore and told us that they wanted to support a restoration project, we had just the project in mind. In the past, Hardy had helped the Jones Falls Watershed Association (one of…

Three Easy Ways to Reduce Rain Barrel Flooding

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Rain barrels can be extremely effective at reducing stormwater pollution and our clients love them!  But they are not always trouble-free. Have you been having any issues with your rain barrel in the recent storms? After we experienced a storm…