March 12, 2011
When it comes to allowing mountain bikers to ride the narrow trails around Loch Raven reservoir, Baltimore officials have waged a two-year campaign of sticking their fingers in their ears to avoid the voice of compromise. Let's be clear: Their concern for maintaining the watershed's integrity is admirable given that the reservoir is part of a drinking water supply that serves 1.8 million customers. Loch Raven is not a park. But these officials act as if they alone possess the wisdom to protect the watershed.
November 15, 2010
Baltimore County police are investigating a shooting Sunday afternoon near the Loch Raven Reservoir in Cockeysville, where windows on several vehicles were shot at by a BB gun as the drivers slowed to navigate a bend in the road, said Baltimore County Police spokesmen. At least two vehicles were struck as they drove near the Warren Road Bridge, Cpl. George Erhardt said Sunday, and one man in his 20s was taken to a medical center for treatment after glass flew into his eyes. The shooter, who used some kind of pellet gun, struck another person in the leg, though it didn't cause injury, Erhardt said.
December 13, 2009
It's a problem that's not older than dirt. It is dirt. Specifically, how you divvy up public dirt among all the folks who rely on it and like to play in it. Such is the case at Loch Raven Reservoir just north of the Baltimore Beltway, where competing interests are clashing. On the one hand, you have public officials charged with protecting the water supply for 1.8 million customers. On the other hand, you have thousands of outdoors lovers who revel in the recreational opportunities afforded by its 50 miles of shoreline and thousands of surrounding acres.
January 2, 2012
Dozens of local running enthusiasts greeted the new year bright and early on Jan. 1 by taking part in the Father Time Frolic, a 5-mile road race run that's held annually in the Loch Raven area beginning at 9 a.m. on New Year's Day. Hosted by the Baltimore Road Runners Club, the race winds its way around Loch Raven Reservoir Peerce's Landing on Dulaney Valley Road, to Providence Road, and back. The race is a "predicted time race" - meaning participants are not allowed to wear watches, and winners are determined by those closest to their predicted time.
December 11, 2007
An estimated 40,000 gallons of sewage overflowed from a broken line in Timonium before it was repaired late Sunday, according to county officials. The break in the 12-inch sewer line beneath East Padonia Road, between Quiet Stream Court and Sunnylake Place, was detected about 9 a.m. Sunday and was repaired by that night, according to Baltimore County officials. The county's Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management has posted signs advising residents to avoid contact with the waters of Merryman Branch, a tributary of Loch Raven Reservoir.
January 9, 2000
A new bridge soon will span the Loch Raven Reservoir at Paper Mill Road, giving drivers a safer commute through Hunt Valley, but leaving Baltimore County officials stumped over what to do with the 78-year-old bridge it will replace. Baltimore City owns the old bridge -- part of the reservoir watershed -- and will give it to the county when the new span opens in May. There were plans to dedicate the old structure to a recreational use, making it part of a hiking or biking trail, or even using it as a fishing pier.