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  1. Five Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

    by Jeanette Garcia Polasky, Communications Specialist, Baltimore County Bureau of Solid Waste Management

    1.  Get outsidego for a walk or simply spend some time with Mother Nature, whether in a park, open space or your own back yard!

    2.  Be vigilant about conservation on Earth Day and every day –  use natural light or turn off the lights as you leave a room, air dry dishes and clothes, install energy-efficient light bulbs, shop with reusable bags, recycle all you can, walk or bike to your destination and don’t waste food or let the faucet run while you brush your teeth. Want more tips? EarthShare has you covered.

    3.  Read about Baltimore County’s “clean, green” programs and services on the County’s Earth Month web page.

    4.  Follow Baltimore County’s new Facebook page, Clean Green Baltimore County, for all the latest news and information on county initiatives and resources that support sustainable living. 

    5.  Attend an Earth Day event or cleanup. Here's a few ideas: 

    Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:15:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/five-ways-to-celebrate-earth-day
  2. Kamenetz and Bevins Announce Bird River Dredging Project

    Project to Improve Boating Navigation and Safety

    Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and 6th District Councilwoman Cathy Bevins visited the Bird River waterfront in the Middle River area this morning to announce a dredging project to support recreational boating on the upper Bird River and enhance the County’s waterfront communities.

     “Our waterfront is one of Baltimore County’s best amenities and this project will help homeowners and recreational boaters access the Bird River and benefit from being on the water,” said Kamenetz. “With more than 200 miles of waterfront and 2,000 miles of streams and tributaries in the County, we are committed to protecting our waterways and our Clean Green County initiative is restoring streambanks and shorelines, planting trees, even sweeping streets, all to protect the Bay.”   

    The project will dredge sections of Bird River and Railroad Creek in order to improve boating navigation and safety. The upper reaches of Bird River and Railroad Creek have become silted in from sedimentation of the river, resulting in reduced channel depth. Bird River and Railroad Creek were previously dredged in 2002-2003.

    “This is a project that everyone is certainly looking forward to, especially at the upper reaches of the river to allow people to get their boats out,” said Bevins.

    Project Details

    The design and permitting of the Bird River maintenance dredging project will be initiated in FY18 with construction anticipated to begin approximately two years from that date. The project will restore the river channels to the previously permitted design depths, removing an estimated 50,000 cubic yards of material from 25,650 linear feet of the channel.

    The estimated cost is $4.5 million, with partial funding provided through grants by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Waterway Improvement Fund. The County will fund 55% of the project cost with the remaining 45% coming from the State grant.

    Hydrographic surveys were conducted in 2015 to assess the need for maintenance dredging. The results of the survey indicated that portions of the channel upstream from Stumpf’s Marsh and Railroad Creek have filled in two feet or more than the design depth of the channel. The dredging will remove about 50,000 cubic yards of material from 25,650 linear feet of the channel and place it at the Baltimore County dredge material containment facility adjacent to Bowerman Lane.

    Waterfront Residents May Choose to Finance Spur Channels to Restore Boating Access to their Properties

    In the upcoming year Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) will conduct a community meeting to discuss the proposed waterway dredging. At that time waterfront property owners may elect to have a spur channel dredged from the County’s main channel to their individual pier or boat ramp at their own expense. EPS will provide assistance with spur design, permitting and construction. Additionally, the County will offer 10-year interest free loans to qualified individuals.

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    Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:59:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/kamenetz-and-bevins-announce-bird-river-dredging-project
  3. Bringing it home from Annapolis

    By Kevin Kamenetz, Baltimore County Executive

    For 90 days in Annapolis, we fought hard, testified at hearings, and made our case for Baltimore County. We secured a total of $942 million in State funding for education, health, public safety, transportation, school construction, road and infrastructure projects in our County. We fought for new laws to protect victims of sexual assault, combat skyrocketing drug prices, overhaul the cash bail system, grow our craft brewing industry, and protect the Bay by extending Maryland’s fracking ban. With strong support and advocacy from Baltimore County’s State delegates and senators, we brought it home from Annapolis.

    State funding for County priorities

    Baltimore County secured $841 million in State aid for education, libraries, the Community College of Baltimore County, health, public safety, recreation and open space. 

    Why it matters  As Maryland’s third largest jurisdiction with a growing population, Baltimore County residents deserve their fair share of State funding. State and County funds protect and improve our quality of life, from 21st century libraries and community college to parks and open space for our neighborhoods. 

    State funding for school construction

    Secured $48.3 million in State matching funds toward public school construction. 

    Why it matters  The County’s $1.3 billion Schools for Our Future school construction program will eliminate overcrowding, modernize facilities and add air conditioning. The ten-year initiative, the largest single school construction program in Maryland, is building 16 new schools, 12 additions, and 7 major renovations.

    Easing traffic congestion to support job growth

    Delivered $50 million in State funding for transportation projects in Owings Mills, Sparrows Point, White Marsh and around the beltway.  

    Why it matters  Most of the Baltimore beltway is in Baltimore County. Funding beltway widening is critical to ease traffic congestion, especially during commuter rush hours. Other projects in key employment areas include the Dolfield Avenue interchange on I-795, widening Philadelphia Road from Mohrs Lane to Campbell Boulevard, and bus routes and bridge repair at Sparrows Point.

    Supporting local breweries

    Maryland craft brewers can now sell more beer at their production taprooms. 

    Why it matters The new law opens opportunities for Baltimore County brewers Heavy Seas, Key Brewing, Du Claw and White Marsh Brewing Company. Coming soon: a new $50 million Guinness innovation brewery in Relay, bringing 70 jobs and a major tourist attraction for Baltimore County.

    Combating high drug prices

    The County supported a new law that allows the Maryland attorney general to sue drug companies when prices of generic drugs soar dramatically.

    Why it matters We all pay when drug companies drive up their prices. Baltimore County insures thousands of local government workers.

    Protect victims of sexual assault

    “No means no.” We fought for a law that simplifies the definition of rape and sexual assault. Police departments now must store rape kits for 20 years.

    Why it matters This new law puts the focus on the actions of the person accused of assault, not the victim, and preserves evidence for police and prosecutors during investigations. 

    Overhauling the cash bail system

    Supported a new State law that overhauls the cash-based bail system for defendants awaiting trial. 

    Why it matters Defendants should not be penalized just because they can’t afford cash bail. The issues for a judge should be whether the defendant is a threat to the community and can be relied on to return to court.

    Baltimore County does not operate in a vacuum. Policy and funding decisions at the State level have direct and often lasting impact on everyone living and working here. We will continue to fight for the resources that Baltimore County residents need and deserve. 

    Protecting the Chesapeake

    Supported extension of Maryland’s fracking ban.   

    Why it matters Protecting the Chesapeake Bay and our water supply is fundamental.   

    Baltimore County does not operate in a vacuum. Policy and funding decisions at the State level have direct and often lasting impact on everyone living and working here. We will continue to fight for the resources that Baltimore County residents need and deserve. 

    Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:30:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/bringing-it-home-from-annapolis
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