The dumping of chlorinated water into the Jones Falls in 2018 – documented by state regulators following inquiries made by The Brew – has led to a rare assessment of fines against Baltimore City.
The Board of Estimates is set tomorrow to pay a $56,250 penalty to avoid a lawsuit filed by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) for clean water permit violations.
The illegal discharges occurred as part of the Department of Public Works (DPW) tank project at Druid Lake reservoir, which now is nearing completion.
An initial spot-check by MDE found that as much as four times the legal limit of chlorinated water was being released into the Jones Falls.
While the levels did not pose a risk to humans, they could damage aquatic life and lead to fish kills.