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Project to Improve Boating Navigation and Safety

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and 6th District Councilwoman Cathy Bevins visited the Bird River waterfront in the Middle River area this morning to announce a dredging project to support recreational boating on the upper Bird River and enhance the County’s waterfront communities.

 “Our waterfront is one of Baltimore County’s best amenities and this project will help homeowners and recreational boaters access the Bird River and benefit from being on the water,” said Kamenetz. “With more than 200 miles of waterfront and 2,000 miles of streams and tributaries in the County, we are committed to protecting our waterways and our Clean Green County initiative is restoring streambanks and shorelines, planting trees, even sweeping streets, all to protect the Bay.”   

The project will dredge sections of Bird River and Railroad Creek in order to improve boating navigation and safety. The upper reaches of Bird River and Railroad Creek have become silted in from sedimentation of the river, resulting in reduced channel depth. Bird River and Railroad Creek were previously dredged in 2002-2003.

“This is a project that everyone is certainly looking forward to, especially at the upper reaches of the river to allow people to get their boats out,” said Bevins.

Project Details

The design and permitting of the Bird River maintenance dredging project will be initiated in FY18 with construction anticipated to begin approximately two years from that date. The project will restore the river channels to the previously permitted design depths, removing an estimated 50,000 cubic yards of material from 25,650 linear feet of the channel.

The estimated cost is $4.5 million, with partial funding provided through grants by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Waterway Improvement Fund. The County will fund 55% of the project cost with the remaining 45% coming from the State grant.

Hydrographic surveys were conducted in 2015 to assess the need for maintenance dredging. The results of the survey indicated that portions of the channel upstream from Stumpf’s Marsh and Railroad Creek have filled in two feet or more than the design depth of the channel. The dredging will remove about 50,000 cubic yards of material from 25,650 linear feet of the channel and place it at the Baltimore County dredge material containment facility adjacent to Bowerman Lane.

Waterfront Residents May Choose to Finance Spur Channels to Restore Boating Access to their Properties

In the upcoming year Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (EPS) will conduct a community meeting to discuss the proposed waterway dredging. At that time waterfront property owners may elect to have a spur channel dredged from the County’s main channel to their individual pier or boat ramp at their own expense. EPS will provide assistance with spur design, permitting and construction. Additionally, the County will offer 10-year interest free loans to qualified individuals.

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Michael L. Schneider, Community Outreach Liaison, Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks

At the risk of giving away my age – I’ll start this blog with another paraphrased punch line from an old TV commercial…

This HOT Baltimore summer, “How do you spell relief?”

B-A-L-T-I-M-O-R-E- C-O-U-N-T-Y –P-A-R-K-S

It’s better than some old medicine – Your relief this summer comes in the form of the many beautiful waterfront parks that can be found throughout our County!

Now, if you are anything like me, your first instinctive response to “waterfront parks” might be, Rocky Point Beach and Oregon Ridge Beach.  And, YES, you would be right!  More on these incredible wet and wonderful places later on in this blog…

But did you know there are lots more waterfront parks in our County than many of us can even begin to imagine – who knew?? 

Waterfront Parks  are, indeed, plentiful and offer so much more than a gentle breeze and beautiful views. We are talking shorelines, fishing, boat ramps, boat rentals (at one particular site) and of course, a variety of other amenities you will love on a hot summer day when you “seek the relief.”  Pavilions, ball fields, playgrounds, trails, multipurpose courts – it is a long list of options for you at these waterfront havens! 

Imagine, sitting on the shoreline looking out on the incredible Chesapeake Bay or one of its magnificent tributaries.  Now, imagine a fishing pole in hand, with a cool drink by your side (are you getting the picture?!)  Or, how about for you Mr. and Ms. Boat Owner – seven, count ‘em, seven boat ramps around the county at Cox’s Point, Inverness, Merritt Point , Rocky Point, Southwest Area, Turner Station and Wilson Point Parks.  Imagine easing out onto the beautiful waters under the clear blue sky seeing magnificent birds flying above you and knowing the bounty of the bay or Patapsco is below you.  Life is good, isn’t it!

Now, back to that fishing…how about doing it in another “jewel” of our County. The Loch Raven Fishing Center  is just “luring” you to come on out (you took the “bait” on that one, didn’t you?!).   Only a 2,400 acre reservoir stands between you and a large - or small - mouth bass, yellow perch, northern pike and a variety of other catches of the day.  You need to know that docking and launch permits for the 2014 season are sold out (talk about your hot ticket!), but there is still the opportunity to rent a boat or canoe and all the fishing gear you will need for a few hours on the water.  Your friends at Baltimore County Recreation and Parks want you to enjoy  Loch Raven Fishing Center  for all it is worth, be certain to read the above link for all of the important facility rules.  If you have additional questions, give the good folks at the Fishing Center a call at 410-887-7692.  This could be “reel” fun!

Of course, there’s always the chance to soak in some fine learning while relaxing near the water.   Destinations like Marshy Point Nature Center feature protected environmental areas whose educational displays and programs emphasize the Chesapeake Bay and its ecosystem.  Imagine your kids (and you!) learning something – and having a great time all the while!

Of course, the “big two” water front areas that folks associate with Baltimore County would be those beautiful beaches of ours – Rocky Point Beach and Park and  Oregon Ridge Beach. photo of Rocky Point beach  Let’s skip the three, four or more hour jaunt down Route 50 and play the part of the beachcomber practically in your own back yard!  Each beach features beautiful sites to see, lots of waterfront and the security and confidence in well trained guards. 

Didja Know…

The Baltimore Sailing Center is located at Rocky Point?  Lessons are offered for individuals and groups.  And over at Oregon Ridge Beach, there is shallow and deep water for swimming  and all kinds of amenities to make your day at the beach a bundle of fun and pretty darned convenient to boot!

Here’s a sampling of some other waterfront fun awaiting you in Baltimore County Parks…

Robert E. Lee Park – canoeing and kayaking on Lake Roland

Fort Howard Park – Fishing and pier

Battle Grove Park - Shoreline

Inverness Park – Fishing and Boat Ramp

Merritt Point Park – Fishing and Boat Ramp

Turner Station Park – Fishing and Boat Ramp

Southwest Area Park – Boat ramp and Pier (access to the Patapsco River)

For more information on the above, and other Waterfront Parks , click here.

And in the name of “good times,” we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Gunpowder Falls State Park  which is located in Baltimore County.  Their telephone number is 410-592-2897.

So there you have it – it is a certainty that it is going to be hot and sticky this summer; and your wild and wet relief really can be spelled out B-A-L-T-I-M-O-R-E- -C-O-U-N-T-Y- -P-A-R-K-S.  In the words of another old-time TV commercial – Oh, what a relief it is!!

By the way – Baltimore County Recreation and Parks office is proud to be honoring its earlier “guarantee” – there has not been one snow flake in the county since we made that promise way back in April!  We kept that promise, now you have to believe our promise that our parks are a great option to beat the heat – and to have a great time!


 
 
Revised September 26, 2016