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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 20, 2010
A 15-year-old boy died Tuesday afternoon after he drowned in the Patuxent River in Lothian, officials said. The teen's name will not be released until Wednesday, pending family notification, said Steve Thompson, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. The teen dived into the river near Route 408, near Wayson's Trailer Park just before 4 p.m., Thompson said. Fire officials conducted a search for about an hour and a half, using boats, divers and a helicopter, Thompson said.
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By Naomi Eide | September 24, 2014
The Laurel Board of Trade's annual Riverfest, a scenic kickoff to fall featuring Laurel's Riverfront Park, will include an auto show for the first time. The Board of Trade added the Cruising at Riverfest auto show "to do something different that would attract people to Riverfest," said Maureen Rogers, the Laurel Board of Trade's administrative coordinator. Riverfest was created to highlight Riverfront Park, the winding park and paved walkway along the Patuxent River. Located just off Main and Avondale streets, Riverfront Park is "one of Laurel's best kept secrets," said Sean LeVere, co-chairman of Riverfest.
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By Scott Dance | August 8, 2012
Reader Megan Frohlich has shared an image of the confirmed waterspout that formed on the Patuxent River in Southern Maryland on Tuesday. The image backs up what radar showed yesterday afternoon -- that blue skies surrounded the small, isolated storm that produced the twister. According to a report posted by the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., fire or rescue officials spotted the waterspout (which is the same as a tornado but over water) at 5:55 p.m. It was moving west across the Patuxent toward Maryland Route 231's Benedict Bridge.
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May 3, 2014
One can always hear a great "spin" in a story, particularly when the authors are activists for a cause. I refer to the commentary concerning wind turbines in Somerset County ( "A wind-win situation," April 21). Authors Tom Vinson and Bruce Burcat are paid individuals whose job is to promote wind and renewable energy regardless of some factual information. First, the $200 million dollar project is a number that has somehow appeared with little actual data behind it. Sounds good though.
FEATURES
October 4, 1992
Patuxent River Appreciation Days Saturday and next Sunday pay tribute to Maryland's largest river contained within the state's boundaries. The event is an effort to make the public aware of the river's economic importance as well as its scenic beauty and historic and recreational value. The Appreciation Days, held annually for 15 years, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons.Organizations like the Sierra Club, America's Clean Water Foundation and the Southern Maryland Audubon Society will be on hand to discuss environ-mental issues.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler and Timothy B. Wheeler,Evening Sun Staff | December 4, 1990
The effort to restore Chesapeake Bay still has a long way to go, but Maryland officials say they already see signs of recovery in the rivers that feed the ailing estuary.New data from long-term monitoring indicate that the Patuxent River, one of the Chesapeake's major tributaries, is getting cleaner, according to scientists with the Maryland Department of the Environment.In the past five years, there has been a dramatic drop in the river's levels of phosphorus, one of two nutrients blamed for choking off bay grasses and fish.
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By Ivan Penn and Ivan Penn,Sun Staff Writer | June 9, 1995
A year after a Glen Burnie man jumped from a popular rock formation and drowned in the Little Patuxent River near Savage, Howard County police are beefing up patrols against swimming and drinking in the area's alcohol-free park.County fire and rescue services say one or two people drown each year at the rapids below the area known as Savage Rocks, usually after disregarding the signs that prohibit drinking and swimming."We have started a high visibility effort to prevent the drinking, the swimming and the jumping off the rocks . . . to try to prevent any more serious things from happening," said Sgt. Steve Keller, a spokesman for the Howard County Police Department.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | December 13, 2002
HOLLYWOOD - Government officials have launched a $2.7 million restoration project on the Patuxent River in areas harmed by a devastating April 2000 pipeline oil spill. The 140,000-gallon spill fouled more than 80 acres of wetlands and shoreline. Potomac Electric Power Co. and Support Terminal Services, the company that ran the ruptured 52-mile pipeline for the utility, agreed to split the costs of the restoration.
FEATURES
October 6, 1991
Patuxent River Appreciation Days focus attention on Maryland's largest intrastate river and its impact on the local culture, history and economic growth. This year's 14th annual event takes place Saturday and next Sunday on the grounds of the Calvert Marine Museum, on Route 2 in Solomons.Attractions will include boat rides, entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, children's boat building, Southern Maryland food, environmental demonstrations, seafood cooking demonstrations with a parade at 2 p.m. Sunday.
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By RICHARD IRWIN | April 16, 2007
The body of a middle-aged woman was pulled from a tributary of the Patuxent River yesterday afternoon in Davidsonville, and the incident has been turned over to Anne Arundel County detectives. County firefighters responded to the first block of Trails End Road about 1 p.m. after a 911 call reporting a body floating in the swift-running tributary behind homes there, said Capt. Harry Steiner, an Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman. Steiner said firefighters at first were unable to locate the body, but that members of the county's swift-water rescue team recovered the body a short time later.
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April 28, 2014
As the former director of the Atlantic Test Ranges at Patuxent River, Maryland I have been reading with interest the various articles related to the effects of wind turbines on instrumentation radar systems located at this facility. I am a recognized national expert on test range operations with over 40 years of experience in this field. I would like to let the public know that wind turbine development on the Eastern Shore is a real encroachment threat to sensitive test measurements performed by the Navy at Patuxent River.
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April 23, 2014
In response to the April 21 commentary regarding the proposed wind farm in Somerset County ( "A wind-win situation" , Pioneer Green (aka Great Bay Wind) claims that they have conducted studies showing that the proposed 600-foot-tall industrial wind turbines proposed for the county will not negatively impact Patuxent River naval station radar operations. During the state Senate hearing on April 1, it was clear after much testimony that included input from representatives of Pioneer Green that members of the delegation did not agree with their claim of due diligence.
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April 20, 2014
For Southern Maryland, the Patuxent River Naval Air Station is an economic engine like no other. It accounts for $6.6 billion in economic activity, including 41,185 jobs, so it's small wonder that elected leaders from that region of the state are extremely protective of it, and that includes House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer. But at what cost? One of the more curious events of the most recent General Assembly session was the passage of legislation that would bar the Maryland Public Service Commission from approving a wind-powered generating facility between now and July 1 of next year within a 56-mile radius of the Navy base.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
- On a chilly morning when other watermen on the Patuxent River dredged for oysters, Jimmy Trossbach sought more slippery quarry - American eels. "I don't know what we'll find here," Trossbach said as he guided his 45-foot workboat, Prospector, to a pair of empty plastic jugs bobbing on the water. His helper, Jake Walker, hooked the makeshift buoy and reeled in the eel pots or traps they'd set in the river two days before. The first cylindrical mesh cage they hauled aboard pulsed with a writhing tangle of olive green.
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By Alison Knezevich, Luke Lavoie and Melanie Dzwonchyk, Baltimore Sun Media Group | January 31, 2013
A woman's body was found Thursday in rising waters near a homeless camp in Laurel, as flooding closed roads throughout the region and a dangerously high reservoir prompted the evacuation of Laurel's historic district. The discovery of the body came as police in Laurel were going door to door to warn residents and business owners about likely flooding from a release of water at the T. Howard Duckett Dam by the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission. The commission also released water from Brighton Dam in Brookeville.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | November 29, 2012
On good days, the Tiber Hudson tributary of the Patapsco is a pleasant part of the scenery in Historic Ellicott City as it flows through a stone channel by Tonge Row, beneath Tiber Alley alongside Main Street and past the B&O Railroad Museum before it spills into the river. It's a troubled waterway nonetheless, not considered able to support life, paved over in spots and surrounded by lots of asphalt. The urban and suburban surroundings that drain into the Tiber Hudson - its "watershed" - will be inspected early in December by teams of consultants and volunteers as part of a continuing private, county and state effort to improve the streams and rivers that ultimately flow into the Chesapeake Bay. Focusing on areas some distance from its channel, the crew of about 15 will spend four days driving around, looking for possible pollution sources and ways to better protect the Tiber Hudson.
FEATURES
April 30, 1991
CURRENT volunteer news and needs:Patuxent River Discovery Day. On May 4th, volunteers in seveMaryland counties bordering the Patuxent river will help stage 63 celebrations in 30 different parks and nature centers. Get a brochure of the events in Room 1101, 301 West Preston St., Baltimore, 21201 or call 225-4500 (or call 627-2270 in Upper Marlboro). On May 5th, help in tree planting, stream bank stabilization and trash clean-up on the Patuxent. Call (301) 627-6074.Volunteers Move Maryland is a display trailer staffed by the Governor's Office on Volunteerism and designed to encourage people to volunteer in their community.
NEWS
April 8, 2005
The County Council unanimously approved in 1984 a controversial plan to regulate development in the Patuxent River watershed. The council, recognizing the strong opposition from developers, the county executive and farmers, amended the bill with a resolution calling for "additional consideration, public review and local approval." The Patuxent River Policy Plan was a 10-point land management strategy that concentrated on preventing pollution carried by runoff from reaching the Patuxent River.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2012
Millions of gallons of raw sewage were overflowing into the Little Patuxent River in Howard County late Monday and early Tuesday morning after two separate electrical feeds were cut off at the Little Patuxent Water Reclamation Plant, according to county officials. Officials were not sure when the overflow would be stopped. The plant, about a half-mile east of the intersection of Route 1 and Route 32 at 8900 Greenwood Place in Savage, serves the central part of Howard County. Power was knocked out to the first 32,000-volt electrical feeder amid high winds and rain in the region because of superstorm Sandy about 8:30 or 9 p.m., and to the second at 11 p.m., said Stephen Gerwin, the county's utilities bureau chief.
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By Scott Dance | August 8, 2012
Reader Megan Frohlich has shared an image of the confirmed waterspout that formed on the Patuxent River in Southern Maryland on Tuesday. The image backs up what radar showed yesterday afternoon -- that blue skies surrounded the small, isolated storm that produced the twister. According to a report posted by the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., fire or rescue officials spotted the waterspout (which is the same as a tornado but over water) at 5:55 p.m. It was moving west across the Patuxent toward Maryland Route 231's Benedict Bridge.
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