BG&E enlists 'troops' to wage war on trash PASADENA

September 28, 1992|By John A. Morris | John A. Morris,Staff Writer

Baltimore Gas and Electric officials won praise in a ceremony Friday for raising a volunteer army to attack environmental hazards along Nabbs, Stony and Cox creeks.

BG&E helped coordinate and finance a survey of the three Chesapeake Bay tributaries in May that identified sewage leaks, barriers to fish migration, eroded shoreline, illegal trash dumps and other problems, said Jonathan Pearson, a program director with Maryland Save Our Streams, a non-profit group.

Exposed sections of sewer line, sewage overflows and storm water pipes emptying into the creeks were reported to county officials. BG&E will work with the Tri-Creek Committee and the North County Chamber of Commerce to clean up some of the severely littered sites next month, said Dyan McGrath, government affairs administrator for BG&E.

Barbara Taylor, executive director of Save Our Streams, and Sam Minnitte, an aide to County Executive Robert R. Neall, thanked Ms. McGrath, Ronald W. Lowman, manager of fossil engineering at BG&E, Jeff Jefferson, a public affairs representative, and Greg Kappler, an environmental scientist for the company. The ceremony took place on on the deck of Nabb Creek's Maurgale Marina, where last spring's cleanup began.

More than 120 volunteers -- residents from the watershed, BG&E employees and other activists -- used canoes, row boats and a 30-foot sailboat to survey the shoreline. Others walked the banks, Ms. McGrath said. They discovered abandoned cars, scores of tires and other litter.

BG&E, which operates the Brandon Shores and Wagners Point power plants near the three creeks, also gave Save Our Streams $3,000 to finance an educational packet on streams that the Glen Burnie-based group is sending out to schools, Ms. Taylor said.

"If anything warms the cockles of Bob Neall's heart, it's volunteers doing this kind of work," Mr. Minnitte said.

Participating in the survey "gives you a completely different view toward the waterfront," said Ms. McGrath. "It makes you realize how much it needs help and how we have to help it."

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