Balto. Co. leaders sign 'trash treaty' for Back River

Aim to eliminate litter, debris in waterway by 2020

May 03, 2011|By Raven L. Hill, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore County leaders pledged to work together to make Back River trash-free by 2020, signing a "trash treaty" on Tuesday at the watershed.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz joined council members, state lawmakers and leaders of the Back River Restoration Committee in announcing plans to implement regional strategies aimed at reducing litter.

"We have not used every tool at our disposal for the environment," Kamenetz said.

The county installed a trash boom at the site last April. The Back River Restoration Committee has received a $70,000 grant from the county to operate and maintain the device, another $30,000 for public outreach efforts along with the use of a county-owned all terrain vehicle to remove trash from the river's mud flats.

Local schools and organizations in Baltimore City will also be targeted in a public education campaign about recycling and litter.

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