Environmental board asked for cleaner streams Hazardous waste collection also an issue

November 19, 1993|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer

"The only rainbows I want to see in the stream are the trout," Hampstead-area resident Louisa Stevenson told the Carroll County Environmental Affairs Advisory Board last night.

She was one of about 20 county residents who came to an advisory board forum at Carroll Community College with requests for: cleaner streams; a better collection system for household hazardous wastes such as paint thinner; rebates from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. for people who use low-energy light bulbs and efficient air conditioners; an "adopt a county road program" similar to the state government's program for volunteers who clear trash from roadsides.

Frank L. Grabowski, the board chairman, took a resident's role to ask county personnel for a replacement for the old recycling barn on Route 97 north of Westminster that was torn down. If people take recyclable items to the landfill, they have to wait in line, and also the landfill is closed by the time most people get home from work, he said.

Cleaner streams were on the minds of both Ms. Stevenson and Westminster activist Monroe Haines, who has worked for years to clean up a stream that runs through the city to join the West Branch of the Patapsco River.

Ms. Stevenson said her family waters the livestock on its 55-acre farm at a trough rather than risk them polluting the East Branch of the Patapsco River, which runs past the farm. But she is concerned about runoff from upstream subdivisions. She said she would like to see rewards for housing construction with low environmental impact.

Brian Louks of Eldersburg asked for a better collection system for household hazardous wastes than the twice-a-year collection at the county maintenance shop on Meadow Branch Road.

James Slater, county director of environmental services, said that because the Northern Landfill is legally barred from accepting liquid hazardous wastes, home owners should mix substances such as paint thinner into cat litter, then dispose of the saturated litter in the landfill.

He said household hazardous-waste collection days are very expensive.

Carroll could pool the collection program with another county to lower costs, Mr. Louks suggested.

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