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Update: Water contact advisory continues for Beaver Dam Run and tributary

Update: The September 27 sanitary sewer overflows on Beaver Dam and Ashland Roads were caused by the failure of a temporary sewer pipe employed as part of Baltimore County's ongoing sewer inspection and maintenance program. An estimated 950,000 gallons was intermittently released at both the site of the break and at a manhole south of Ashland Road near Western Run.

Original press release issued on 9/28/16:

At approximately 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 27, County utility workers discovered a break in a temporary sewer pipeline just north of Padonia Road.  Equipment and construction material were brought to the site and repairs began Tuesday to address the sanitary overflow, which was halted Wednesday morning at approximately 11 a.m. The volume of discharge as a result of the broken line has not yet been determined, but is expected to be significant.

Several intermittent sanitary sewer overflows, resulting from the single pipe failure, occurred at two sites: the site of the break itself on Beaver Dam Road, just north of Padonia and near a tributary to Beaver Dam Run, and a site south of Ashland Road between York Road and Western Run. The overflow near Ashland Road occurred as a necessary part of the process to repair the line at Beaver Dam Road.

The public is advised to avoid contact with the water. The Baltimore County Department of Health is monitoring water quality in Beaver Dam Run and the tributary and has issued a water contact advisory and will update the situation as needed on their website:

Further details on the cause of the overflow and the total volume of discharge will be published as they become available.

105,000 gallons released into stream near commercial area

Yesterday at approximately 2 p.m. Baltimore County Utility crews responded to a sanitary sewage overflow from a sewer manhole near Recycle Way and York Road, controlling the overflow at 3:30 p.m. Approximately 105,000 gallons were released into nearby Parke Run Tributary, a stream running near the commercial area and north of Recycle Way.

The sanitary sewer overflow occurred when utility crews were in the process of cleaning a sanitary sewer line. Crews installed a pump to stop the flow by 3:30 p.m. and then dislodged debris by 4 p.m.

The Baltimore County Department of Health has issued a water contact alert for the stream and will monitor water quality at the site and post further updates on the department’s website:

Action protects park from threat of future development

One of many beautiful trails at Oregon Ridge ParkBaltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz approved an agreement that will place preservation protections on 450 acres of the County's Oregon Ridge Park in Hunt Valley. The popular and scenic 1,100 acre park, a portion first acquired by the County in 1969, provides recreational and social activities, including nature education, winter sports, summer concerts, theater, children's playgrounds, as well as a venue for festivals, gatherings and meetings year-round.

Working in close cooperation with Charles Fenwick, Jr. and Michael Hankin on behalf of the Land Preservation Trust, Baltimore County agreed to place land restrictions that will preserve almost 90% of the total acreage to ensure the park cannot be commercially or residentially developed. 

"While there are no plans from the current administration to develop the site, our actions today will ensure that future generations of County residents will be able to enjoy the bucolic charm of Oregon Ridge Park," said Kamenetz. "I am grateful for the guidance of the Land Preservation Trust, a nationally recognized leader of the County's preservation efforts.”

Baltimore County has aggressively promoted land preservation for decades, including placement of two-thirds of the County's geography in a rural zone, such that 80% of the County's population live on 30% of the land mass. Baltimore County is comprised of 610 square miles, with a population exceeding 823,000. Across all of its preservation programs, Baltimore County has preserved more than 63,000 acres of land from future development, ranking it in the top 10 counties nationally.

“The Land Preservation Trust and the surrounding community have long sought to protect Oregon Ridge Park from future development potential,” said Charles Fenwick, Jr. “We appreciate that County Executive Kamenetz recognized how important Oregon Ridge is as a gateway to the valleys, and has agreed to protections that are tremendous and meaningful,” he said.  

Kamenetz will direct that restrictive covenants be recorded with the Land Records of Baltimore County to provide the legal protections in perpetuity. Approximately 330,000 people visit Oregon Ridge Park and Nature Center annually.

Revised September 26, 2016