Water Blog

News, notes and thoughts from Blue Water Baltimore.

Examining Microbial Biodiversity

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Recently our Water Quality Monitoring program teamed up with Dr. Robert Hilderbrand, Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science Appalachian Laboratory, to look at another dimension of water health in the Jones Falls stream.  Here, Dr.…

Erosion and Sediment Control Enforcement

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As the Water Quality Manager at Blue Water Baltimore, my days are usually spent collecting water samples in our streams and Harbor or teaching people how different types of pollution enter our waterways. Earlier this month, I swapped my work…

Free Trash Cans: A Huge Win for Clean Water!

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By this point, you have probably heard that Baltimore City Department of Public Works has begun to distribute municipal trash cans to all households throughout the city. This is the culmination of many years of effort by individuals, community groups,…

Native Plants: Best Choice For Your Garden

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When it comes to choosing plants for your yard, the choices can seem overwhelming. Every gardener, when they first began gardening in earnest, struggled to figure out what plants were the best plants for their gardens. The variables can appear…

Become Tree Wise with our Native Tree Species List

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Here are some trees that Darin Crew, Senior Manager for Nursery and Forestry at Blue Water Baltimore, thinks you may want to consider for your yard this spring. At Blue Water Baltimore, we use these both in our yard, street,…

How to get a summer job at Blue Water Baltimore

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Want to learn about careers in the green industry? Interested in gaining job skills in landscaping and tree maintenance? Blue Water Baltimore will host eight summer interns through Baltimore City’s Youthworks Program. We will hire outstanding local youth for these positions who…

Blue Water Baltimore Goes To Washington

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[Note: Elise Bruner is Blue Water Baltimore’s Community Organizer.] On March 2, Blue Water Baltimore’s Executive Director, Halle Van der Gaag, Stormwater Program Manager Erin Bennett, and I traveled to Washington, D.C. for Choose Clean Water Coalition’s annual Chesapeake Bay Day…

12 Million Gallons of Sewage and Counting

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Last Wednesday night, the Baltimore region received more than two inches of rain, which led to significant flooding around the region. When large rainstorms like these hit Baltimore, stormwater runoff leaks into our sanitary sewer system through cracks in aging…