By Yvonne Wenger and Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2014
Tuesday's torrential rain - the most to fall in one day in more than 80 years - shut down portions of major roadways, stranded dozens of motorists, including some who had to be rescued, and caused dangerous flash floods throughout the region. More than 6 inches of rain fell steadily throughout the day, leading the Orioles to postpone their game against the Yankees, gallons of sewage to spill into the Jones Falls and fliers returning to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport to find vehicles stuck in flooded long-term parking lots.
By Jonathan Munshaw, The Baltimore Sun and By Jonathan Munshaw, The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
Liz Sweeney of Timonium used to race her kayak while living in New York City. At the time, Sweeney would practice in the Hudson River, though public access to waterways was hard to find. Now, she is able to get up early and take her kayak to Loch Raven Fishing Center in Baltimore County, as she did on a recent day. Although she no longer races, she still uses her kayak for exercise. Elsewhere at the fishing center that day, minutes after Sweeney got out of the water, Rick Warner of Carney came in on his fishing boat following a morning excursion.
August 8, 2014
Last weekend the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo, Ohio, residents was fouled by animal waste ( "Lake Erie not alone in suffering from harmful algae," Aug. 6). With the unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective discharge regulations, it could happen again in our state. The problem has become pervasive. Waste from chicken farms has rendered the ocean off the East Coast unfit for fishing. Waste from Midwest cattle ranches carried downstream by Mississippi River has created a permanent dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico larger than that of the 2010 BP oil spill.
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 7, 2014
Four of Anne Arundel County's sewage plants have wom awards for meeting pollution discharge permits for several years running. The Broadneck Water Reclamation Facility on the Broadneck Peninsula and the Broadwater Water Reclamation Facility in Churchton earned Platinum Peak Performance Awards from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies. Platinum awards are given to plants with five consecutive years of no permit violations. Broadwater was honored for 17 straight years of compliance with its pollution permits, and Broadneck was honored for having six straight years of compliance with pollution permits.
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
Baltimore neighborhoods Mount Vernon and Pimlico and Baltimore County's Bowley's Quarters will be the first to receive new water meters as part of system-wide overhaul, city officials said Tuesday. Beginning in September, crews will install about 5,000 new meters in the city and 5,000 in the county, officials said. The new meters will use wireless technology. Residents will be able to continuously check their water use online, the city said. The installations are part of an $83.5 million contract with Itron Inc. to upgrade Baltimore's water-meter system.
By Stephen Schaff | August 4, 2014
The new Waters of the U.S. rule is designed to clarify that the Clean Water Act protects a variety of important waters, including seasonal and rain-dependent streams, as well as wetlands near rivers and streams. Getting it implemented will depend on support from our members of Congress for the agencies' proposal. It'll affect a lot more than your favorite crab cakes - it could save your job. Think clean water only counts when it comes out of your tap or when you dive in at the beach?
The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
Anne Arundel County Police are searching for a man they say has posed as a worker for a local water company in order to burglarize homes. Police responded Friday morning to the 200 block of Hammonds Ferry Road in Linthicum where a woman said that she was approached by man who said he worked for a local water company and was investigating a water leak. He followed her into her home, and a few minutes after he left, the victim noticed some of her personal property was missing, police said in a release.
By Ellen Nibali, For The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
A company sprayed my neighbor's yard for mosquitoes, but when I called the company it admitted that its chemical killed all kinds of insects, including pollinators and beneficials. So I don't want to do that, but we are getting eaten alive by mosquitoes all day! Help! The Asian tiger mosquito, which bites ferociously during the day, has forced people to reexamine and get smarter about mosquito strategies. We agree that preserving beneficial and pollinating insects must be a priority, and some of those beneficials even eat mosquitoes!
By Will Fesperman, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Anne Arundel County officially opened a new water access point Wednesday in Shady Side, an offshoot of a citizen-led effort to increase public access to bodies of water. More than 70 residents and county officials attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Shady Side Park, and officials said attendees brought more than 30 kayaks to give the new facility a test drive. The access point - on Parish Creek, which feeds into the West and Rhode rivers - offers enthusiasts a place to put in their kayaks, canoes, inner tubes and paddleboards.
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2014
Comedy Central today renewed "Drunk History" for a third season. The series, which features drunken performers recounting stories from our national past, is created by Lutherville native Derek Waters. This past week's epsiode featured three tales from Baltimore's past. Through the first four epsiodes of Season 2, the series' viewership is up 26 percent among adults 18-49. It's up 17 percent among all viewers. In its timeslot, Tuesdays at 10 p.m., it is the highest-rated original series in TV with men 18-34 years of age. Last season, "Drunk History" averaged one million viewers a week.
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