Study to test effect of cleaning effort on bay contaminants

April 14, 2005|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A new study will test whether Baltimore's efforts to sweep streets and clean storm inlets reduces contaminants that eventually flow into the Chesapeake Bay, city public works officials announced.

The Chesapeake Bay Program awarded $150,000 to the Center for Watershed Protection to conduct the one-year study of a catchment area in West Baltimore. That watershed area has been targeted for revitalization beginning in July as part of a joint effort with the Parks and People Foundation. Monitoring stations will be set up at two locations, on Baltimore and Lanvale streets, as part of the study.

The study is based on a previous pilot project in the Hamilton neighborhood with the city's Bureau of Solid Waste Management. Sweeping areas in the neighborhood led to a 20 percent to 30 percent reduction in the levels of pollutants in storm water runoff, according to city officials.

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