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.
August 6, 2011
I have four ideas for how to control the out of control crowd tubing on the Gunpowder River ("Taming the river," Aug 3). I certainly agree that it has been a very enjoyable activity. It used to be a way to teach the young to respect and enjoy nature. It is, for sure, not a place for anyone who does not respect nature. One: At least limit the shuttle companies to one. Two: Prohibit anyone from taking coolers on the river or in the tubes. Three: Prohibit possession or drinking of alcoholic beverages on the river.
August 2, 2011
I have no objection to the numbers of people who enjoy the local ritual of tubing on the Gunpowder River. ("Tubing tiff," July 31). I experienced it years ago, and it is a wonderful way to spend a lazy summer afternoon. My wish is that the tubers leave the landscape exactly the way they found it. Many people leave their cans or food wrappers behind, marring the otherwise breathtaking landscape along the Gunpowder. How tough would it be to take along a bag in which to put trash?