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Howard County Citizens Association

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Magothy River Association

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Greater Baltimore Survey

Download 2015 Construction Site Erosion Control Report

 

greater baltimoreThe Greater Baltimore Region includes Baltimore City and the counties of Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard.  The purpose of the Greater Baltimore Survey is to accelerate the restoration of the region's 2,000 miles of waterway which are Child Unsafe & Unfriendly.  All homes in the region are within a five-minute walk of our 4,000 miles of streams, rivers and tidal waters.  While most of these waters are small, headwater streams even these can provide a great place for summertime play.  But the waters nearest 70% of the region's homes are unfit due to runoff pollution, sewerline leaks, quicksandlike deposits of eroded soil, hazardous debris, etc. 

What Is The Greater Baltimore Survey? 

The Greater Baltimore Survey focuses on the three clean water programs which are most important to preventing a further increase in Child Unsafe & Unfriendly waters and restoring the 2,000 miles already degraded to a healthier condition:

  • Minimizing construction site soil erosion and mud pollution;

  • Ensuring the 21,000+ existing stormwater ponds and other Best Management Practices (BMPs) are being well maintained; and

  • Getting the benefits of new development with little or no aquatic impact through the use of Environmental Site Design practices.

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Citizens Win Astounding 61% Improvement! 

The first Greater Baltimore Survey was carried out in June, 2014.  The second was completed June, 2015 and showed an astounding 61% improvement in the quality of construction site erosion control.  The groups participating in the Greater Baltimore Survey believe this dramatic increase was attributable to the public attention and support generated by the first 2014 Survey.

2015 results graph 

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Stormwater BMP Survey

The purpose of the Greater Baltimore Stormwater BMP Survey is to assess the condition of the nearly 20,000 ponds, filters and other Best Management Practices (BMPs).  These BMPs could be keeping a tremendous amount of pollution out of our neighborhood waters. Past surveys in some parts of our region indicated that up to half of these BMPs have failed due to lack of maintenance.

The graph below shows the condition of the 339 BMPs assessed by 42 volunteers from the 17 participating groups.  Regionwide, 42% of the BMPs were in good condition, 25% were failing and the remaining 33% were still providing aquatic resource protection but needed maintenance to prevent failure.  For further detail see the report.

bmp condition

Our goal is to keep neighborhood waters Child Safe & Friendly.  There are few homes in the Greater Baltimore region which are more than a five-minute walk from the nearest waterway. While these nearest waters may be a small, headwater stream they offer the potential for a great place where neighborhood children can play on hot summer afternoons. Unfortunately, the waters nearest the vast majority of the region’s 2.7 million residents are unfit for our children and us adults.

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We Are The Pollution Source

The reason most neighborhood waters are Child Unsafe & Unfriendly is all of the pollution they receive. This pollution comes from industrial smokestacks, our cars, our pets, our littering, our lawn care practices and other sources. The pollution from these sources settles on our rooftops, our streets, sidewalks and parking lots then washes into neighborhood waters with each rain. Human waste from leaking sewerlines adds to the problem. 

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We’re Also The Solution

Here’s the good news. Past efforts like the Greater Baltimore Stormwater BMP Survey have won dramatic improvements in pollution prevention efforts. The problem with neighborhood water pollution is that it’s pretty much invisible. The typical suburban-urban stream looks pretty good during dry-weather. The water is clear and odorless; it’s also mostly lifeless.

Streams within our older suburbs and cities receive such intense pollution that few fish and other critters can live. But most of us don’t recognize these signs of trouble. Since the public does not know a problem exists its easy to divert funds from BMP maintenance to other, more visible uses like police and schools. The trouble is a lack of balance.

Just as no one would want school funding reduced to where our children receive a poor education, few of us would opt to reduce BMP maintenance to the point where our neighborhood waters become a threat to our children. And since we cannot keep our kids from playing in these waters, we have but one choice - restore each to a Child Safe & Friendly condition. And this begins by finding out how well local BMPs are being maintained, hence the Greater Baltimore Survey.

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