Waterway & Stream Complaint Investigation
CPO responds to complaints involving erosion along County streams and coastlines. A CPO staff member will investigate the situation and will advise the property owner on corrective measures, or if the issue meets certain criteria, it will be recommended as a potential Capital Restoration Project.
Please call CPO at 410-887-2904 if you see:
- Excessive erosion
- Excessive aggradation (accumulation of sediment)
- Debris in a waterway that could pose a danger to recreational boaters
Please call the appropriate agency if you see:
- Flooding and storm drain issues - Call Baltimore Co. DPW – 410-887-3720
- Trees endangering power lines - Call BGE – 1-800-685-1023
- Fallen trees on County property - Call Baltimore Co. DPW – 410-887-5302
- Trash - Call your local HOA or watershed association to see if opportunities for stream cleanup are available.
Things to remember:
- Everything that enters the storm drain system will end up in a stream or waterway. Storm drain systems are directly linked to open waterways and do not go through a treatment process like sewer systems do. “Only rain down the drain”
- Streams are dynamic systems therefore minor erosion is to be expected
- The flow in streams will overtop the banks (flood) periodically.
- Placing yard waste (leaves, grass clippings, etc.) along stream banks degrades water quality by: smothering beneficial vegetation, introducing excess nutrients and contributing to blockages.
- Baltimore County’s policy is to allow riparian buffers (vegetation around streams and waterways) to grow naturally and not be “maintained”. Riparian buffers provide a host of environmental benefits such as: habitat for terrestrial and aquatic species, pollutant uptake, groundwater recharge, and temperature moderation in the stream which is vital for the survival of some species.
Capital Program & Operations
Revised February 9, 2012