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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 http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/environment/watersheds/index.html.

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.


March 31 Community Forum is Open to All

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will hold his tenth community forum as part of an ongoing effort to interact directly with Baltimore County residents and community leaders. This latest Coffee with Kevin will be held for communities in the greater Reisterstown area.

The forum will take place Thursday, March 31 at the Reisterstown Senior Center, located at 12035 Reisterstown Road, from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., with a question and answer session beginning at 10 a.m. The meeting is open to the public without pre-registration and coffee and donuts will be provided. The County Executive regularly hosts these gatherings in communities all around the beltway.

“I am very pleased that County Executive Kamenetz is visiting Reisterstown. It’s a nice way for people to get to talk directly with him about local issues and also find out what is happening with the County as a whole,” said Bernadette Hill, President of the Reisterstown Senior Center Council.

“The Reisterstown community is looking forward to having coffee and conversation with County Executive Kamenetz and sharing our perspective on the priorities of our downtown business district. We very much welcome the opportunity for this type of personal communication with our County Executive,” said Glenn Barnes, President of the Reisterstown Improvement Association.

"These community forums have been very helpful, both to me and, I believe, to the community members who attend," said Kamenetz. "We are a large county and each area has its own charm and its own priorities. This has been a great way to connect with people directly and learn about their neighborhoods and their specific ideas and concerns.”

These forums are part of Baltimore County's ongoing efforts to increase transparency and responsiveness in government. The County is using social media to communicate directly with the public through Facebook and Twitter to share current and timely information with citizens. "More and more, people go to social media for up to the minute news and information. We encourage everyone to stay connected with County government online and through our social media platforms," concluded Kamenetz.


Public Meeting on September 29  

Baltimore County’s Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) invites members of the communities within the Upper Jones Falls Watershed to participate in an upcoming public meeting on September 29.

The Upper Jones Falls watershed includes parts of Reisterstown, Owings Mills, Cockeysville, Lutherville and Timonium. 

This planning meeting is co-hosted by the non-profit Blue Water Baltimore, and will focus on the creation of the Upper Jones Falls Small Watershed Action Plan (SWAP). The meeting offers a chance for interested individuals and organizations to learn about the project methods, results, and how to get involved. Once finalized, a committee will take responsibility for implementing the recommendations of the SWAP report.

The community meeting will take place at the Irvine Nature Center (11201 Garrison Forest Road in Owings Mills) on Tuesday, September 29, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Visit Baltimore County’s Small Watershed Action Plans (SWAPs), for more information or call Amelia Atkins at 410-887-5705.

Background on Small Watershed Action Plans in Maryland

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 created 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.

Despite significant progress, additional reductions are needed to have clean waterways that meet water quality standards. To reach these additional reductions, Baltimore County is developing Small Watershed Action Plans (SWAPs) to focus on communities as a smaller group and to identify specific solutions that are tailored to local areas. They are implemented by Baltimore County in conjunction with citizen groups to help create and maintain healthy watersheds.

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.


 
 

Revised September 26, 2016