The Baltimore area's degraded streams, suffering from urban and suburban development, may get some help from the federal government.
The U.S. House of Representatives approved $480,000 yesterday for a yearlong study of how to restore the metropolitan area's waterways, Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md.-3rd, announced.
If the Senate and President Bush go along, the Army Corps of Engineers would seek ways of countering damage done to Baltimore-area streams by decades of housing and commercial development and by dams and culverts installed in the past to control flooding.
The waterways to be studied include the Gwynns Falls, the Jones Falls, Herring Run and the Patapsco, Back, Middle and Gunpowder rivers. They drain the entire area, including Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.
The study, the first comprehensive review of area streams since 1979, would look at restoring water quality, which has been degraded largely by urban and suburban storm water runoff. It also would consider ways of bringing back fish and wildlife by re-creating natural stream banks and wetlands.