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Tim Wheeler | 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...
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By Nate Rabner, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
Jeff Lewatowski trudged upstream, the chilly, knee-deep Gunpowder River flowing around his waterproof overalls. Following the inside curve of a bend, he picked a likely looking spot and settled in, much like the trout he planned to catch. "They want to take advantage of the bugs," said Lewatowski, 39, who lives in Havre de Grace and guides fishing trips around the state. "They get very excitable the more bugs there are on the water. … They compete in a spot in the creek to sit. " May through June is sulphur mayfly season, with thousands of mayfly nymphs swimming up from sunken logs and rocks to molt and flutter away for their brief adult lives.
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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.
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By Mike King and The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2014
Midway through winter, a chilly fog surrounded Theaux Le Gardeur's shop. Hardly anyone would be out on the Gunpowder River that day, he said. But he didn't need the river or sunlight. He stood behind his fly-fishing store clutching three rods: graphite, glass and bamboo. One by one, he tossed them back with his forearm and flicked them forward, eliciting the characteristic swish of fly line cutting through air. Each rod carried the line, bounced back quickly and delivered the fly far ahead of Le Gardeur, depositing the insect imitations onto the slick grass next to Backwater Angler.
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By Bob Allen | May 20, 2011
Many Monkton residents call last summer "the invasion of the tubers. " For the past year or so, they have been working closely with the Baltimore County Police Department and other state and county agencies to ensure that their quiet North County village on the Gunpowder River doesn't suffer another major disruption like last summer's. The county police in particular want hard-partying Gunpowder tubers to beware. When the weather warms enough, officers will be in the area, writing parking tickets and handing out citations for public drunkenness and violations of open container laws.
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By Nate Rabner and The Baltimore Sun | 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.
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By Mike King and The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2014
Midway through winter, a chilly fog surrounded Theaux Le Gardeur's shop. Hardly anyone would be out on the Gunpowder River that day, he said. But he didn't need the river or sunlight. He stood behind his fly-fishing store clutching three rods: graphite, glass and bamboo. One by one, he tossed them back with his forearm and flicked them forward, eliciting the characteristic swish of fly line cutting through air. Each rod carried the line, bounced back quickly and delivered the fly far ahead of Le Gardeur, depositing the insect imitations onto the slick grass next to Backwater Angler.
SPORTS
By Nate Rabner, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
Jeff Lewatowski trudged upstream, the chilly, knee-deep Gunpowder River flowing around his waterproof overalls. Following the inside curve of a bend, he picked a likely looking spot and settled in, much like the trout he planned to catch. "They want to take advantage of the bugs," said Lewatowski, 39, who lives in Havre de Grace and guides fishing trips around the state. "They get very excitable the more bugs there are on the water. … They compete in a spot in the creek to sit. " May through June is sulphur mayfly season, with thousands of mayfly nymphs swimming up from sunken logs and rocks to molt and flutter away for their brief adult lives.
NEWS
August 2, 2011
Floating down a waterway on an inflated rubber ring seems like the very definition of mellow. Yet so many tubers are flocking to Big Gunpowder Falls in northern Baltimore County this summer that the journey down these cooling waters has become a hot-button issue. Encouraged by outfitters who rent tubes and floating coolers and provide free shuttle service to access points, crowds have descended on the waterway - as many as 600 people on a hot summer day (and this summer, they've all been hot)
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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.
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By Nate Rabner and The Baltimore Sun | 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.
NEWS
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.
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By Kevin E. Dayhoff, kevindayhoff@gmail.com | 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.
NEWS
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.
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Tim Wheeler | 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...
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | 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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
March 5, 2011
Patrick Sapack of Baltimore County writes: About 15 years ago, I was taking a walk on the Gunpowder River off Route 7 (Philadelphia Road) about a mile towards the east. I saw a family catching herring. Can you please inform me as to when these fish run and what type of bait to use. Also, what type of regulations are herring bound by in Maryland? There is very little information in the Maryland fishing guides and the regulations involving dip nets is very confusing. Marty Gary , a Department of Natural Resources biologist, replies: There are two species of herring that spawn in Maryland's tidal tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. They are alewife herring and blue back herring.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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?
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