Monday, September 17, 2012

$3 Million for a Stream Restoration in Baltimore County

This week, county and state officials announced plans for a $3.3 million restoration.

The issues with Jennifer Run are blamed on a lack of environmental regulations on development decades ago.

“I think we’re a lot better 50 years later, but now we’re stuck resolving the problems when we made bad decisions,” Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said.

Water from Jennifer Run eventually feeds into the Chesapeake Bay. During heavy rains, flooding carries harmful sediments.

“The main goal here is to not only control flooding but improve water quality as it flows into the Gunpowder Falls and the Chesapeake Bay,” Vince Gardina, director for Baltimore County’s Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, said.
I guess that's nice if you have property on Jennifer Run, but I think they'd get better bang for their buck if they put that into sewage system upgrades.  And they have another two dozen streams being restored, so imagine what kind of  benefit they could get out of $72 million dollars of upgrades to the Baltimore County sewers.

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