Baltimore County News
Offers broad range of helpful environmental resources for residents and businesses
Baltimore County is helping residents celebrate Earth Month in a meaningful way by providing information on the County’s web site about local environmental events, clean-ups and volunteer opportunities; as well as information about energy audits, renewable energy, green business practices and more.
“In Baltimore County, we have a long history of protecting and preserving our environment to support the high quality of life that our residents enjoy,” Kamenetz said. “April is Earth Month, and it’s a good reminder for all of us to think of some simple changes we can make to reduce our impact on the environment. Many of these changes can actually reduce costs, for example, by cutting energy bills; and make our lives a little easier, such as switching to grasscycling rather than bagging lawn trimmings.”
The Baltimore County Departments of Public Works and Environmental Protection and Sustainability teamed up to present a web page where Baltimore County residents and businesses can find the latest information on eco-friendly events and opportunities. Listed events including a Rain Barrel and Compost Bin sale, the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge, stream clean-ups and household hazardous waste collection.
The web page also links to energy efficiency and conservation resources for residents and businesses. The site includes a wealth of user-friendly information, including comprehensive instructions for a Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audit, as well as information for residents and businesses who want to learn how to switch to a clean renewable energy provider.
Additional information is available for landowners interested in finding out about how to protect farm or forest land through easements, residents needing to upgrade outdated septic systems, and anyone looking to donate reusable building materials to be re-purposed. Learn more by visiting www.baltimorecountymd.gov/EarthMonth
3/30/17 Update - repairs completed
A sanitary sewer overflow from a Rosedale force main – discovered yesterday by Baltimore County utility crews – was stopped this morning at 10:35 a.m. Crews worked for more than a day to repair the 36-inch diameter line over Moores Run which discharged 411,200 gallons into local waters. The overflow was apparently due to the separation of two pipes which were joined at a ninety-degree angle; Baltimore County engineers are investigating the cause.
The public is advised to avoid contact with the waste water. The Baltimore County Department of Health will monitor water quality in Moores Run and Red House Creek and will issue, as necessary, water contact advisories on the Department's website:
Stormfighter web feature enables residents to report issues directly to emergency managers
Residents and the travelling public can get updated information about Baltimore County’s snow removal operations and road conditions on the County website and on Twitter.
The County reminds residents that during very heavy snowfall, crews must concentrate on keeping main roads cleared and may require 48 hours, or more, after the snow has stopped to clear neighborhood and feeder roads.
Stormfighter web feature
The County’s new Stormfighter interactive web feature provides residents with a direct line to communicate storm-related concerns to the County’s emergency managers, rather than phoning the Department of Public Works (DPW). The Stormfighter reporting form available to the public is the same form as County call-takers use to input callers’ concerns. The system integrates with GIS mapping applications and provides real-time visual map-based data to assist DPW and emergency managers in responding to severe storms or other localized or regional emergencies.
The County website offers the latest on road conditions, current plowing operations, winter storm tips and more at baltimorecountymd.gov/stormfighter, which includes Twitter updates from Baltimore County Emergency Management. These updates are also available on Twitter by using our Twitter handle, @BACOemergency.
County officials remind residents that in cases of true medical or other emergencies, they should always call 911. During major storm emergencies, first responders coordinate with DPW and other resources to continue responding to fires, urgent medical needs and other emergency situations.
Live Traffic Camera Feeds and Road Closures Now Included
The County Stormfighter web feature includes recent upgrades to assist travelers. The page now provides a link to live traffic camera feeds from the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Coordinated Highways Action Response Team (CHART). It also offers a link to the County’s list of road closures, which provides details on roads that are currently closed due to repairs, accidents, weather or other hazards. This list is updated frequently, so we recommend that people check back often for the latest status. State roads and interstates are not included. For information on those roads, please see the Maryland Department of Transportation’s travel advisories and road closures web page at http://www.chart.state.md.us/incidents/index.php.