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By Childs Walker and Childs Walker,SUN STAFF | February 25, 2003
Perhaps they should have released a flock of doves. The gesture would have provided a fitting ending for the political love-in that took place yesterday in the humble auditorium of a Carroll County church, where leaders of three Baltimore-area jurisdictions gathered to sign away their differences. They were there to reaffirm the Reservoir Watershed Management Agreement. But really, they had gathered to cement a treaty that would end nearly a decade of acrimony between Carroll County and its neighbors in Baltimore and Baltimore County.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | January 4, 2002
Carroll County Commissioner Donald I. Dell has delayed an environmental assessment of streams in the Liberty Reservoir watershed - an area that covers half the county - until he is convinced that such a study is necessary. Dell opposes the study, even though the county has a $40,000 state grant that would pay for the research and one year's salary for a contractual employee to collect and coordinate information. Critical of studies initiated by what he called "too many self-appointed conservationists," Dell said the Liberty Reservoir watershed, which includes five of Carroll's planned growth areas, is in great shape.
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By Will Englund and Will Englund,SUN STAFF | March 8, 1996
Unhappy mountain bikers turned out last night to defend their sport and protest a proposal to prohibit them from using the trails surrounding Baltimore's reservoirs.At a public hearing, they argued that city water officials are unwilling to work with them on finding ways to protect the watersheds from damage, short of imposing an outright ban."The problem is their mindset is not recreation, it's safe water," said Joe Surkiewicz, a free-lance writer and one of the organizers of the Maryland Association of Mountain Bike Operators, also known as MAMBO.
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April 29, 1997
NO ONE CAN PREDICT how the 21st century will regard tomorrow's episode of "Ellen," in which actress Ellen DeGeneres "comes out" as a lesbian in fiction, as she did recently in fact.Will the situation comedy be remembered as a cultural watershed that begat a greater acceptance of homosexuality? Or will it amount to fleeting ratings gimmickry relegated years from now to a trivia question?This much we know: On prime-time TV, trivia comes much more easily than watersheds. When Captain Kirk kissed Lieutenant Uhura on "Star Trek" 30 years ago, it did nothing to smooth the path for interracial relationships.
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By Brenda J. Buote and By Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | November 12, 2000
Carroll County commissioners are likely to rezone for commercial and industrial use 494 mostly rural acres in the Liberty Reservoir watershed next week, despite objections from Baltimore County and Baltimore City that business development on six properties there would threaten the source of drinking water for 1.8 million Marylanders. Residents of South Carroll, where two of the six parcels lie, also object to the zoning changes. They're worried about having to contend with the increased traffic that development of 287 acres in their area might bring.
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By Jamie Manfuso and Jamie Manfuso,SUN STAFF | March 21, 2001
The county planning commission got its first glimpse yesterday of a report that suggests what to do with 928 acres, much of it land within the watershed of three reservoirs, that owners want rezoned for commercial or industrial use. County planners recommended in their review of the properties that 100 of the 928 acres be rezoned for commercial or industrial development. Sixty-eight of those 100 acres are in areas designated for Smart Growth. In addition, 78 of the 100 acres are within the Prettyboy, Liberty or Piney Run reservoirs watershed area, which covers 40 percent of Carroll County.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF | February 16, 1996
Streams in Columbia's oldest watershed -- the 21-acre Wilde Lake -- are stable overall but some, including one in a resident's back yard in Beaverbrook, need attention, according to a University of Maryland study.The results of the 16-month Wilde Lake Stream Evaluation and Sediment Study were made public last night by Dr. Peggy A. Johnson, assistant professor of civil engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, at the Columbia Council meeting.The 10-member council -- the Columbia Association's board of directors -- joined with UM in July 1994 to evaluate ways to reduce erosion in the watershed.
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By Brenda J. Buote and Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF | December 13, 2000
The Carroll County commissioners rezoned for commercial use about 21 acres of residential land in the Liberty watershed yesterday, a move county officials say will not harm the source of drinking water for 1.8 million Marylanders. Despite assurances that they would wait until next month to take action on several rezoning requests, Commissioners Donald I. Dell and Robin Bartlett Frazier voted to rezone 0.8 acres near Westminster and about 20 acres on the south side of Liberty Road, east of Ridge Road, in Eldersburg.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | September 5, 2000
Baltimore City and Baltimore County have reiterated their refusals to compromise on changes to the Reservoir Watershed Protection Agreement, prompting Commissioner Donald I. Dell to say he will negotiate with elected officials only. Dell wants the agreement reworded to allow Carroll County leeway for industrial development near Liberty Reservoir. He is trying to schedule a session with Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley, and he met recently with Baltimore County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger, who referred the commissioner to his environmental staff.
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