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By Dave Lykens, Acting Director
Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability

County environmental officials can’t be everywhere, so we appreciate it when people let us know when they see (or smell) something that doesn’t seem right to them. Reports from the public are a great compliment to our water quality monitoring.

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Know Who to Call

If you see an environmental emergency, call one of the following 24-hour emergency lines:

  • Department of Public Works’ Bureau of Utilities
    Call 410-887-7415 to report sewage overflows from a manhole, pumping station or elsewhere.
  • Maryland Department of the Environment’s Emergency Response Division
    Call 1-866-633-4686 if you come across evidence of a chemical spill or a fish kill.
  • Baltimore County 911 Emergency
    Call 911 to immediately report a dangerous or potentially life-threatening situation. You can also call 911 if you see someone illegally dumping trash and debris.

Report Pollution Online

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To report less time-critical issues, such as a pile of dumped trash, wash water or other suspicious liquids flowing into a storm drain or stream, contact our Watershed Managers. You can report pollution online or by calling 410-887-5683 during regular business hours (between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.) on weekdays.


 March is Women’s History Month

Every year, March is designated Women’s History Month to honor women’s contributions in American society. This year’s theme is "Visionary Women: Champions of Peace and Nonviolence," honoring women who have championed the use of nonviolence to end war, violence, and injustice.
 
Baltimore County and the Women’s Commission will recognize three outstanding women during its 37th Annual “Woman of the Year” Awards Ceremony to be held on Thursday, March 28, 2019, 6:00 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse in Towson.
The 2019 visionary women of Baltimore County are:
  • Aziza Khan as the “Woman of the Year”, a long-time refugee advocate and mentor to women and their families spreading “love for all and hatred for none”
  • Cynthia Mingo as the “ Woman Making a Difference Awardee,” a community champion in promoting social justice and addressing economic disparity
  • Haleemat Adekoya as the “2019 Young Woman of the Year,” senior at Milford Mill Academy and chosen representative of more than 113,000 students as a Student Board Member for Baltimore County Public Schools
These awards are given to County female residents who have enhanced the lives of citizens and made significant contributions in the community, workplace, or school to further the interests of women and children.
 
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski will lead the recognition of awardees, together with County Council members, State Senators and Delegates, and County agency heads.
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All three major ratings agencies affirmed Baltimore County’s creditworthiness despite fiscal challenges

County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced today that Baltimore County has retained its triple-A bond rating from all three major rating agencies, allowing the county to continue to issue bonds at the lowest possible interest rate, saving millions of dollars for Baltimore County taxpayers. Moody’s Investor Service, Fitch Ratings, and S&P Global Ratings have each affirmed the county’s triple-A rating, making Baltimore County one of only 45 counties nationwide to receive the highest rating from all three agencies.

“Our county’s strong and diverse economy allows us to maintain the coveted triple-A rating, which is good news for taxpayers and for our ability to continue to borrow at the lowest possible rate for critical capital projects like school construction and infrastructure,” Olszewski said. “The agencies all acknowledged that, while we are facing fiscal challenges, we are taking important steps to address them.”

“Maintaining Baltimore County’s creditworthiness is critical for ensuring we can continue to borrow the capital dollars we need at a low cost to taxpayers,” said County Council Chairman Tom Quirk. “I look forward to working with the County Executive and my colleagues on the council to ensure we can continue to maintain our triple-A ratings.”

In their reports, the agencies noted Baltimore County’s strong economy and diverse tax base. However, all three also noted the county’s impending budgetary gaps, and Moody’s gave the county a negative outlook, noting the mounting challenges and additional capital needs in the coming years.

Since taking office in December, Olszewski has taken a number of steps to share information about the county’s fiscal challenges and to address the $81 million deficit projected for the coming fiscal year.

On his first day in office, Olszewski signed an executive order to create the Commission on Fiscal Sustainability, tasked with taking a top to bottom look at the county’s budget and fiscal management practices, and making recommendations for how to improve the budgeting process and make it more transparent. In addition, Olszewski has held a series of town hall meetings to share information about the impending budget deficit with county residents, and to hear their thoughts and concerns about how the county should prioritize its spending. The final town hall meeting is scheduled for next week. He has also announced plans to conduct a comprehensive performance audit in order to ensure the county’s taxpayer dollars are being spent efficiently and effectively.

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Revised September 11, 2017