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The Waterkeeper acts as an investigator, scientist, advocate, and enforcer for preserving the ecosystem of our waterways.

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Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper Sewage Hazard

The mission of Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper is to protect and restore Baltimore Harbor and the greater Patapsco and Back Rivers and their tributaries through enforcement, fieldwork, and citizen action in order to make our waterways suitable for recreation, including fishing and swimming, to improve public health, and to improve the health of our river ecosystems.

With a focus on utilizing the law to achieve cleaner water for Baltimore, the Waterkeeper regularly patrols our waterways by boat and on foot, trains volunteers to recognize and report water pollution, and works to improve compliance and enforcement of water pollution laws for major sources of pollution within our watersheds.

Water Quality Monitoring

Blue Water Baltimore’s Waterkeeper program recognizes the biological, recreational, and economic benefits of our waterways. That is why we are committed to collecting and analyzing local water quality data for our neighborhood streams, rivers and the Baltimore Harbor and using the results to advocate for better enforcement and compliance with water pollution laws that protect the health of Baltimore’s waterways.

We monitor the Tidal Patapsco and its major tributaries, the Jones Falls and the Gwynns Falls watersheds, for water quality and pollution on a weekly basis and utilize the resulting data to produce the Healthy Harbor Report Card and the Baltimore Harbor Water Alert. We also use the data to detect major incidents of water pollution, to inform our legal advocacy priorities, and to identify restoration opportunities within our watersheds.

Our Adopt-A-Stream program works with volunteers who select a section of a stream or shoreline near their neighborhood that they monitor on a regular basis for pollution and other stream impacts. As part of the Adopt-A-Stream program, volunteers participate in our Outfall Screening Blitz events to detect and report sources of illicit stormwater pollution to local goverment.

Become Involved

Get involved in the active monitoring and protection of our local streams from pollution, and assist us with our advocacy and education efforts by being a voice in your community!

Dry-weather stormwater discharges, polluted with raw sewage, washwater, and other contaminants, cause significant damage to our local waterways and are a priority pollution source that we aim to eliminate through our volunteer fieldwork and legal advocacy. Our staff and volunteers test the water quality and if any samples exceed the legal threshold for an illicit discharge, we work with the state and local jurisdiction to ensure that it is eliminated.
Blue Water Baltimore staff and volunteers test the water quality and if any samples exceed legal threshold for an illicit discharge, we work with the state and local jurisdiction to ensure that it is eliminated.

Protecting Our Waterways

Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper is a program of Blue Water Baltimore and a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance and Waterkeepers Chesapeake.

Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper is a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, an international grassroots advocacy organization founded by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. that connects and supports local Waterkeeper programs to provide a voice for waterways and their communities.

The Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper is also a member of Waterkeepers Chesapeake, which is a coalition of independent Waterkeeper programs working to protect and restore the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays.

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