November 11, 1990


From: William R. Waldman


Within the past few years there has arisen a large awareness of environmental problems nationwide.

There has been much debate over the pollution of the earth's most natural resource: its waters.

Much attention has been thrust toward this after the Exxon Valdez incident occurred about two years ago.

It is time that the county begin looking into cleaning up its own waters. One such body of water that recently has been polluted is Lake Claire on the Broadneck Peninsula.

A few years back Lake Claire had perfectly clear water while the land surrounding it was overgrown land undeveloped.

Then a couple years ago the county built a sewage pumping station nearby.

Not coincidentally, the water is now muddy brown with algae blooms in it, indicating that sewage is being released into the lake. The acidity level in the lake is rising, proving this point.

Lake Claire is not a popular lake that attracts tourists or even much attention from the people who live around it, but it does not need to be polluted and have its natural beauty ruined due to technological ignorance.

It seems the county is using a new form of drainage on the lake by putting rocks under the discharge pipes.

These rocks are supposed to collect the sediment, but this obviously is not working as the sediment is reaching the lake. While this system of using rocks is the cheapest, it is not what's needed.

The time has arrived when the county has to start thinking about the damage being caused to the environment, not the damage caused to its budget.

A dike is needed to properly filter the sediment so it will be worth it.

Saving Lake Claire won't solve all the county's environmental problems, but it is a start.

The nation is changing its lackadaisical views toward the environment and Anne Arundel County needs to follow this trend.

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