Skip Navigation

Image of the Baltimore County Historic Courthouse

Baltimore County News

Stay informed of what's happening in Baltimore County.
Keyword: inc

Lucia Donatelli, MD,
 Chief, Bureau of Prevention, Protection, and Preparedness
 Baltimore County Department of Heal

With the Olympic Games upon us this summer, people all over the world prepare to celebrate athletic excellence. This year, Rio de Janeiro will carry the torch, but unfortunately the spread of Zika virus in many parts of Central America, South America and the Caribbean may dim the light.

Zap Zika graphicAedes mosquitos can be infected with the Zika virus if they bite a person with it. These infected mosquitos can then spread the virus to other people through bites. Many people who become infected with Zika never know it, while others may experience fever, rash, joint pain, and/or conjunctivitis (red eyes). These symptoms usually last for several days to a week. Even though they are mild and will go away with rest and fluids, pregnant women are at risk of passing it on to their unborn babies.  Zika has been linked to a number of birth defects, including microcephaly (small head due to small brain).

When travelling this season, it’s important to be aware of the areas with active transmission of Zika virus. Even in the continental US, where there is currently no active local Zika transmission by mosquitoes, mosquito control and protection are still extremely important to preventing mosquito bites and breeding opportunities. Mosquitoes can easily reproduce in small amounts of water, especially in containers found in your yard.

In order to prevent the spread of Zika virus, always remember to WRAP UP!

W: Wear long sleeved shirts, pants and hats.

R: Repair damaged doors and windows.

A: Always empty containers that hold water to avoid creating mosquito breeding sites.

P: Protect yourself with an EPA-registered insect repellent.

U: Use condoms or abstain from sexual activity if you are pregnant, or if your partner has been in a Zika infested area.

P: Pregnant women should avoid traveling to areas affected by Zika.

By following these simple steps, we can all do our part to Zap Zika!

To learn more about Zika, attend an upcoming Community Chat at 6 p.m. on June 28 at the Baltimore County Department of Health or get the most up-to-date news on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

 The summer edition of smARTS, the Baltimore County arts and culture show, is now airing on Baltimore County cable channel 25. Featured segments include:

  • Host Carolyn Black-Sotir speaks with Kevin O’Malley, author/illustrator of 75 children’s books and “At the Ballpark: A Fan’s Companion,” a primer about America’s favorite pastime.  
  • Meet Valerie Smalkin, whose career has gone from singer to lawyer to ventriloquist.  
  • “Spamalot” comes to Cockpit in Court at CCBC Essex -- hear the Lady of the Lake sing in search of her grail.
  • Explore wildlife, minerals and natural wonders at the Natural History Museum of Maryland in Overlea.
  • Get smARTER about the Maryland butterflies around us.

smARTS logosmARTS airs Thursdays and Fridays, 7:00-7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.- noon on Baltimore County cable channel 25. SmARTS segments also are available on YouTube

smARTS is a production of the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences in partnership with the Baltimore County Public Schools and BCPS-TV. 

Watershed Includes Greater Reisterstown, Butler, Upperco, Worthington Valley Areas

Baltimore County’s Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) invites people from communities within the Loch Raven West and Western Run watersheds to participate in an upcoming public meeting on the evening of Tuesday, June 28 to discuss ways to protect the watershed. This watershed includes much of western Baltimore County including Upperco, Glyndon, Boring, Butler, Worthington Valley, and the north side of Reisterstown.

The June 28 community meeting will take place at the Historic Emory Grove Hotel, located at 102 Waugh Avenue, Reisterstown, MD 21136, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Who Should Participate?

This public meeting offers a chance for community residents, business people, community and environmental groups and anyone interested in clean water to get involved and learn about the project to date, and most importantly, provide suggestions about their vision and priorities for the watershed. The purpose of the SWAP is to collaboratively form a vision statement and goals document with the public and identify goals and objectives to improve natural areas in the watershed.

In addition to the SWAP plan information, there will be an informative guest presentation on proper care and maintenance for septic systems.

 Background of Small Watershed Action Plans in Maryland

For more information on Baltimore County’s Small Watershed Action Plans (SWAPs), please call the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability at 410-887-8240 or visit

The Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability is responsible for the protection of the environment and the improvement of the quality of life for the citizens of Baltimore County. This is accomplished through programs that manage and enhance natural and man-made resources, and that provide environmental guidelines to our constituents.

In the late 1990s, national stormwater permits required major counties in Maryland to reduce pollution from roads and neighborhoods that drain to local streams. Counties began monitoring programs and prepared watershed plans to identify projects and programs that could reduce pollution from these non-point sources. Many projects were completed and reductions tallied in annual reports. Much progress was made, however additional reductions are needed to have clean water that meets water quality standards.

To reach these additional reductions, Baltimore County is developing Small Watershed Action Plans (SWAPs) to focus on communities as smaller groups and to identify specific solutions that are tailored to local areas. They are used by Baltimore County in conjunction with citizen groups to implement actions that create and maintain healthy watersheds.


Revised April 6, 2016