March 1, 2014
The brightly colored kayaks strapped to roof racks contrasted with the snow as a small party gathered a couple of weeks ago at the Gunpowder Falls State Park parking lot on Jones Road. Kayakers clad in rubber dry suits, liners and winter coats clambered onto the slush to get ready for the day's boating trip. They would paddle the 3.5 miles of the Gunpowder River, a stretch in northeast Baltimore County that includes Class II and III rapids. But the weather made it difficult just getting cars out of the rendezvous lot to run a shuttle to the put-in spot.
November 19, 2013
Hazmat crews contained fuel leaking from a boat in Joppatowne Monday afternoon. Crews from the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company were dispatched around 4:15 p.m. to the Gunpowder River in the area of the 200 block of Bridge Drive and the 100 block of Breakwater Court in the Rumsey Island section of Joppatowne. They were responding to a report of the odor of gasoline in the air; the source was determined to be a privately-owned boat. The Harford County Emergency Operations Hazardous Materials Team was assigned to assist the fire company; they requested assistance from the Maryland Department of the Environment's Emergency Response Team.
April 26, 2013
Since the 1930s, warm weather and sunshine is a signal for many in Carroll and Baltimore counties to venture outdoors for biking, hiking fishing and boating trips in the Gunpowder River and Prettyboy watershed in the Hereford area. Spring has arrived just in time to help celebrate Prettyboy Reservoir Day this Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year the Baltimore City Department of Public Works, the Prettyboy Watershed Alliance, Carroll and Baltimore County have joined forces for the one-day event as a part Earth Day celebrations and Baltimore Green Week.
April 18, 2013
Cub Scout Pack 497 Wolf Den from St. Joseph School, in Cockeysville participated in a stream cleanup of the Gunpowder River on March 15. This was organized by the Gunpowder riverkeeper, Theaux Le Gardeur, in Monkton. Pictured from left: Grant Horn, Zak Smith, Chase Horn, Peter Frain, Asher Clarke, Finn Christopherson, Liam Christopherson, Brian Rogers, Holly Christopherson, Cameron Hays, Zander Smith and Kristen Clarke.
August 14, 2012
Back River isn't the only Baltimore area water body cluttered with used tires. The Gunpowder River, arguably one of the region's most popular recreational water ways, has its share, too. Gunpowder Falls State Park draws anglers, kayakers, picnickers, swimmers and scads of tubers - so many, in fact, that friction has arisen over the transformation of the river through northern Baltimore County into what critics call a " superhighway of...
July 29, 2012
Tyler S. Gee, 16, can add several descriptives after his name, including rising junior at Hereford High School and aspiring Eagle Scout and aerospace engineer. Now he can tack on one more — riverkeeper — because of his efforts to deter the spread of an invasive algae found in the Gunpowder River. The Hereford resident has built eight wader washing stations, to state-established specifications, and positioned them along the northern Baltimore County waterway. Each wooden platform has a stiff brush, a basin of salt water, directions for use and a brief history of didymo, a freshwater algae that, if left unchecked, can spread and destroy aquatic life.