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Tim Wheeler | March 6, 2012
Spring is almost here, and green groups are recruiting volunteers to watchdog Maryland's river and stream health. The Severn River Association is looking for help to protect the Chesapeake Bay tributary from  mud washing off construction sites in spring rains.  A recent audit by Community & Environmental Defense Services, a consulting firm, estimated that the Severn is being polluted with up to 1.4 million pounds of pollutants because...
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By Alison Knezevich and The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
Baltimore County will spend $13 million to replace a sewer line and relocate thousands of feet of degraded stream bed of White Marsh Run in a project officials say is needed to reduce pollution flowing to the Chesapeake Bay. The stream feeds into the Bird River and the bay, and officials say erosion has exposed a sewer line along White Marsh Boulevard that has repeatedly overflowed into the stream. Vince Gardina, director of the county's Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, said the project is one of the largest of its kind ever undertaken by the county.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2014
A 64-year-old man drowned Friday after he tried to cross a stream behind his apartment complex in Randallstown, Baltimore County police said. Eugene Purnell Williams was seen trying to cross the stream to get to the apartment complex near the 9600 block of Southall Road and was last seen going underwater, according to police. First responders were able to rescue the man at about 1:30 p.m., but he was unconscious and not breathing. He was taken to a hospital, where he was unable to be revived and was pronounced dead about an hour an a half later, police said.
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By Tim Wheeler and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
For some people, environmentalism is a lifelong passion. That would be true of Michael Beer, retired biophysics professor at Johns Hopkins University, who died Friday at age 88.  He was devoted to protecting and restoring the Jones Falls, the stream that runs through the heart of Baltimore, as well as one of its most popular tributaries, Stony Run. Rallying others to his cause, he founded the Jones Falls Watershed Association, which later merged...
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2014
A man pulled from a stream in Randallstown Friday afternoon is listed in critical condition, Baltimore County officials said. A fire department spokesman said crews were called at 1:27 p.m. to a stream near the 9600 block of Southall Road for reports of a drowning. Crews rescued the man, who has not been identified, and he was taken to Northwest Hospital. jkanderson@baltsun.com twitter.com/janders5
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By Bob Allen, For The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2013
The Howard County Department of Public Works will tap a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust Fund to repair and restore a stream in Ellicott City that officials say has been badly degraded by erosion. Richard Powell, a project manager with the department's stormwater division, said the project involves a roughly 300-foot stretch of the stream running along and under Tuscany Road near Lombardi Drive before emptying into the Little Patuxent River. The project is scheduled to begin around Aug. 12. Powell said construction will not affect traffic, but a portion of the sidewalk will be closed.
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June 18, 2012
When it comes to politics, I no longer have any respect for our elected officials. I will not vote for an incumbent. First, there were guidelines as to how many casinos would be available for bidding. Maryland Live abided by the rules and gave the state a class operation. Now, a new casino opportunity is being touted forPrince George's County("A home run for the state," June 15). Gee, I wonder if Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller has anything to do with it? Will he benefit under the table?
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | October 22, 2012
In a city struggling to rebuild its population, construction cranes would seem to be a welcome sign. But office, shopping and housing projects in the works in Northwest Baltimore have some residents worried about the impact of development on a degraded stream that flows through their neighborhoods on its way to the harbor. Cranes tower over an 11-acre tract on Wabash Avenue, where the Social Security Administration plans to move 1,600 workers from the federal agency's aging downtown headquarters.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2010
An 8-year-old Harford County boy drowned in an Abingdon stream near his home Friday night. The boy was playing with another child near a stream about a half mile from Harford Town Drive, inside a housing development, at about 7:36 p.m., said Monica Worrell, a Harford County police spokeswoman. The boy had been playing in the area with another child who went to get help, Worrell said. He was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, she said.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2011
A Severn man who did not return home Friday night was found dead in a nearby stream Saturday morning, Anne Arundel County police said. Peter Anthony Dembrowicz, 30, of the 100-block of Gambrills Road, was found in the nearby Severn Run stream, police said. "We think he might have had a medical condition" that contributed, or that he might have gotten stuck trying to cross the stream, said Lt. Michael Brothers, a police spokesman. Police said there is no indication of foul play or any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.
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By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
For more than two weeks, 43,000 gallons of sewage spilled into the Gwynns Falls stream through a broken sewer line. Baltimore public works officials said Wednesday they had stopped the sewage's flow, which was reported on July 13 and fixed on July 28. During that time, two gallons of sewage spilled every minute into the scenic waterway as it passes through Carroll Park, officials said. The city is currently using a temporary pipe to fix the problem in the 2100 block of Washington Boulevard, while a contractor works on a permanent repair.
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Tim Wheeler | July 14, 2014
Federal environmental officials may be overestimating farm pollution reductions in the Chesapeake Bay, contends a Washington environmental group, which also finds that phosphorus and algae concentrations in rivers on Maryland's Eastern Shore have shown no real improvement over the last decade Those are the conclusions of a pair of reports released Monday by the Environmental Integrity Project. State monitoring data showed no reduction in phosphorus levels in eight waterways on the Shore from 2003 to 2013, while concentrations actually worsened in three rivers: the Nanticoke, the Sassafras, and the Transquaking.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2014
Marin Alsop, who led a vigorous account of Beethoven's Ninth last month with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra , will conduct that same iconic work on Sunday with her ensemble in Brazil, the Orquestra Sinfonica do Estado de Sao Paulo, as a World Cup salute. This performance will be streamed live for free on the terrific classical Web site, medici.tv , at 4:30 p.m. EST on July 6. Joining the Sao Paulo orchestra and two choirs (Coro Academico da OSESP and Coro da OSESP)
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | June 27, 2014
One of Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah's bright ideas has evolved into a feature film that will be unveiled worldwide next week. The project began in 2012 when Kwei-Armah was looking for a way to celebrate his theater's 50 t h anniversary. He asked such nationally known playwrights as Christopher Durang, Neil LaBute and the Baltimore-born Anna Deavere Smith to answer the question, "What is my America?" and then turned their responses into three-minute films.
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By Chris Wood | June 18, 2014
On Monday, the Chesapeake Executive Council signed the Chesapeake Watershed Agreement, a collaborative effort across multiple states to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay. But the celebration of the watershed agreement may be premature. Down the road in Congress there is an effort under way to strip the protections of the Clean Water Act from small headwater streams that feed the bay with cold, clean water. The federal government recently proposed a rule to clarify a politically charged Supreme Court ruling which undermined 30 years of protection of the Clean Water Act for small headwater streams.
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Tim Wheeler | April 10, 2014
A top Environmental Protection Agenc y official visited Baltimore Thursday to make the case for a new federal rule spelling out what streams and wetlands enjoy legal protection from development or disturbance. Nancy K. Stoner, acting assistant EPA administrator for water, joined activists from Environment Maryland at Fells Point to defend the recently proposed "Waters of the U.S. " rule, which has come under fire from home builders, farmers and other industry groups. Stoner said the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer s jointly drafted the rule, which she said was meant to clear up legal confusion left by a pair of Supreme Court decisions about when landowners need federal permits to disturb streams and wetlands.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2013
A team of city employees, inmates in the state's correctional system and local volunteers gathered along Gwynns Run in Southwest Baltimore on Friday morning to clear trash and debris that had found its way into the stream. The effort, which the city said was the "first ever mass cleanup" of the stream, kicked off at 7:45 a.m., officials said. "It is our plan to remove all the trash in the stream and along the banks. We also want to point out that everyone can protect our streams, harbor and the Bay through proper trash disposal," said Department of Public Works Director Alfred H. Foxx in a statement.
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May 29, 1991
The County Commissioners are considering hiring a consultant to study moving a stream that could undermine the county's effort to cap Hodges Landfill and could carry pollutants to a larger body of water.The closed landfill, off Hodges Road in south Carroll, is one of several abandoned dumps that the Maryland Department of the Environment has ordered be properly sealed to avoid land and water contamination.The stream, which flows near the landfill and feeds Morgan Run, anatural reproductive habitat for trout, could erode a cap on the landfill, said James E. Slater, director of the County Department of Natural Resource Protection, in a meeting with the commissioners.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2014
A 64-year-old man drowned Friday after he tried to cross a stream behind his apartment complex in Randallstown, Baltimore County police said. Eugene Purnell Williams was seen trying to cross the stream to get to the apartment complex near the 9600 block of Southall Road and was last seen going underwater, according to police. First responders were able to rescue the man at about 1:30 p.m., but he was unconscious and not breathing. He was taken to a hospital, where he was unable to be revived and was pronounced dead about an hour an a half later, police said.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | February 21, 2014
A man pulled from a stream in Randallstown Friday afternoon is listed in critical condition, Baltimore County officials said. A fire department spokesman said crews were called at 1:27 p.m. to a stream near the 9600 block of Southall Road for reports of a drowning. Crews rescued the man, who has not been identified, and he was taken to Northwest Hospital. jkanderson@baltsun.com twitter.com/janders5
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