Baltimore County Now
Watershed Includes Perry Hall, Towson, Carney Areas
Baltimore County’s Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) is encouraging participation from communities within urban areas of the Lower Gunpowder Falls watershed at an upcoming public meeting on October 14. The urban portions of the Lower Gunpowder Falls watershed include parts of Perry Hall, Carney, and Towson neighborhoods.
This is the second and final public meeting regarding the creation of the Lower Gunpowder Falls Small Watershed Action Plan (SWAP). The meeting offers a chance for interested people 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 lower level meeting room of the Loch Raven Branch Library (1046 Taylor Avenue in Towson) on Wednesday, October 14, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
For more information on Baltimore County’s Small Watershed Action Plans (SWAPs), please call Wesley Schmidt at 410-887-5683 or visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/environment/watersheds/swap.html.
Importance of Public Participation
EPS representatives stress the importance of public participation in taking actions to improve stream and river health through the SWAP. “Our team has created a thorough assessment of our watershed’s current status, as well as a comprehensive look at the potential restoration projects that may help improve water quality in the area,” said Director of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, Vince Gardina. “This meeting is the best opportunity to discuss the results of this assessment prior to the closing of the public comment period this fall, and for people to find out how to get involved in implementing the plan to improve our shared environment.”
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.
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At Radebaugh's, We are Always Growing
A Press Release from Radebaugh's Florist... Radebaugh Florist & Greenhouses has operated as a family business at its current location at 120 Burke Avenue in Towson for four generations over the last 90 years and will continue to do so for many years to come.
Over the past several years, we have made numerous changes to enhance our business as well as to provide our customers with a better overall sales experience. These changes include building a new state-of-the-art greenhouse at our wholesale farm in Northern Baltimore County, interior renovations to our floral shop, expanded merchandise lines and enhanced accessibility in our retail greenhouses. All of these changes are all part of our vision and plan to carry us into the next generation.
The surrounding communities and our loyal customers are familiar with our retail floral shop and greenhouses located on Burke Avenue. What many may not know, however, is that the Radebaugh Family operates wholesale greenhouses and a Design & Delivery Center on family-owned property located at the end of Aigburth Avenue. These greenhouses have been in operation since the 1940’s. While they hold a good bit of nostalgia for the family and our employees, they are certainly not the most energy efficient and require a great deal of maintenance. We have struggled for the past few years about what do to with the old greenhouses on that property. There was talk of residential development, but when Baltimore County began a search for open space, it seemed like it may be a better fit. An introduction of a new park at this location seems like a wonderful idea for the community that has supported our family and our business for decades.
As you may have read in the County’s press release and in various news articles, we are currently in the early stages of negotiations with the County; however we want to make it clear that any potential sale of the portion of the property located at the end of Aigburth Avenue will in no way affect any of our daily operations. In fact, the potential sale will help us facilitate our growth and further renovations in the near future.
The Radebaugh family has strong ties within the Baltimore community, especially in Towson, and we are here to stay. We look forward to seeing you in the greenhouses, filling your landscaping order, making your holiday tables complete with a gorgeous centerpiece, discussing your wedding flowers, brightening up your office entry, sending the perfect gift basket to a client, and celebrating our 100 year anniversary with you in 2024.
Radebaugh Florist & Greenhouse, where “Only Nature Has More Experience” ®