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Date: Jul 2018

By Steve Walsh, Director, Baltimore County Public Works

In recent years, Baltimore County has been dumped on. The rains are longer, the storms harder. The waters have caused flooded basements, instant lakes and backyard bayous. People want to know why they’re having water problems they never had before, and they want to know what the County can do about it.

The change in the rain cycle is one of many reasons for the increase in flooding. Various climate sources now document an increase in rainfall over the past 60 years across the country. In our area, the northeast, the amount of precipitation falling during intense, multi-day events increased an astounding 71 percent, say the experts. Since rainfall record-keeping started in 1873, the wettest September was in 2011 (13.32”) and the wettest June was in 2015 (13.09”). The wettest July has been this year, 2018, with 13.36” as of July 24.

But there are other factors.

Modern Environmental Regulations Don’t Protect Some Older Areas

Some of the homes now experiencing flooding problems probably wouldn’t be allowed to be built in those locations today, given current regulations designed to protect the environment and prevent homes from being flooded. Current floodplain setback requirements, environmental buffers and other protective regulations didn’t exist when many of our older, low-lying communities were built.

The development of the storm drainage system - roadside ditches, inlets, pipes and stream systems - was haphazard in some older areas of the county, often an afterthought of the homebuilders. Now, these older communities are left with little protection from increasingly significant rains.

Maintaining Drainage Systems

Baltimore County Public Works maintains and cleans 1,437 miles of storm drains, 51,000 stormwater inlets and 3,600 cross road pipes, bridges and culverts. Our current maintenance activities center on responding to complaints, keeping inlet grates and cross road culverts clean and free flowing, and unclogging pipes when necessary.

These systemic neighborhood-wide stormwater problems cannot be solved overnight. The Department of Public Works will investigate, study and design solutions, and continue discussions with communities about the level of flood protection and costs of reasonable drainage projects.

House-Related Flood Problems

A homeowner can be flooded from a nearby stream, an overwhelmed unseen piped drainage course, an overwhelmed sump pump, or from seepage through the floor or basement walls. The County cannot assist with house related problems.

As rains continue, we suggest homeowners first understand the risk of flooding for their property, and then do their best to protect it. Sometimes site grading or home basement waterproofing improvements can help.

Information can be obtained from knowledgeable experts such as basement waterproofing professionals, engineers and landscapers. Below are some more resources:

  • Find out about local flood plain locations, flood insurance and more. An Interactive Flood Mapping Application along with the instruction sheet is available online.
  • See “Protecting Your Home from Flooding – low-cost projects you can do yourself.” FEMA has lots of online resources at www.fema.gov .
  • If there are problems with the public storm drain system in your community, contact the Baltimore County Department of Public Works (DPW) Storm Drain Design Division at 410-887-3711.

By Michael Schneider, Baltimore County Recreation & Parks

Welcome to the dog days of summer, when the dog star Sirius rises with the sun. Tap in to the outdoors with a shooting stars campfire, dragonflies, crabby canoe trips, mud day, and a cool pickle party at Baltimore County’s parks and nature centers.

Every day is a “dog day” in Baltimore County with our five dog parks. These member parks are sure to keep your pooch social, happy and well exercised:  Paw Point at Lake Roland; BARC Dog Park at Hannah More; Perry Paw Dog Park at Honeygo Regional Park; Saint Helena’s Dog Park in Dundalk and The Dog Park at Southwest Area Park in Baltimore Highlands.

Check out our Baltimore County Recreation and Parks Summer Listing of Fun Stuff to Do! Here are some August highlights:

Wednesday, August 1

Natural World of Art: Mini Summer Flower Banner (registration required)    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Preschool Program    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Thursday, August 2

Shoots and Letters: Chesapeake Bay    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Friday, August 3

Creative Clay: Free Choice (registration required – class concludes on Wednesday, August 17)    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Friday Strolls    Lake Roland

Bookworm Story Time    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Saturday, August 4

Hereford Jr. Farm Fair    Baltimore County Center for Maryland Agriculture and Farm Park

Foraging At Banneker’s Homestead (registration required)   Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Get Ready for the Perseids! (registration required)   Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Kids in Gardens   Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Discovering Dragonflies (registration required)   Cromwell Valley Park

Yoga in the Park    Lake Roland

Acorn Hill Nature Drop-In    Lake Roland

Leaping Lizards (registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Tubing on the Little Falls (registration required)  Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Sunday, August 5

Late Summer Wildflowers    Cromwell Valley Park

Tracks and Scat (registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Tubing on the Little Falls (registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Wednesday, August 8

Natural World of Art: Everlasting Sand Sculpture (registration required)    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Thursday, August 9

Shoots and Letters: Native Americans    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Friday, August 10

Friday Stroll    Lake Roland

Shooting Stars Campfire (registration required)    Lake Roland

Campfire and Owl Prowl (registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Morning Bird Walk (registration appreciated)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Saturday, August 11

Basket Making: Cat’s Head Basket (registration required)    Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Mud and Fire – Part II (registration required)    Cromwell Valley Park

Acorn Hill Nature Center Drop-In    Lake Roland

Fishing the Dock (registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Backyard Butterflies (registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Sunday, August 12

Go Wild for a Native! (registration required)    Cromwell Valley Park

Sunday Birdwalk    Marshy Point Nature Center

Backyard Butterflies (registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Tuesday, August 14

KinderGarden Club (registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Wednesday, August 15

Preserving the Harvest: Salsa! (registration required)    Cromwell Valley Park

Natural World of Art: Native American Dice Game (registration required)    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Thursday, August 16

Shoots and Letters: Nature Scavenger Hunt    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Friday, August 17

Friday Stroll    Lake Roland

Saturday, August 18

What’s Cookin’, Mr. Banneker?   Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Kids in Gardens    Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Just for Kids – Animal Story Time (registration required)    Cromwell Valley Park

Weed Warriors    Cromwell Valley Park

 

Going Batty    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Acorn Hill Nature Drop-In    Lake Roland

SAVs - Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Live Bluegrass and Country Music    Middle River Recreation Council

Canoe the Gunpowder (registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Hot August Music Festival    Oregon Ridge Park

Sunday, August 19

The Earth Oven and A to Z Pizza (registration required)    Cromwell Valley Park

Fan Brush Landscape (registration required)    Holt Park and Center for the Arts

Aw Shucks! (registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Canoe the Gunpowder (registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Wednesday, August 22

Preserving the Harvest: Pickle Party (registration required)    Cromwell Valley Park

Weed Warriors    Cromwell Valley Park

Thursday, August 23

Shoots and Letters: Insects    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Friday, August 24

Owl Prowl (registration required)    Cromwell Valley Park

Friday Stroll    Lake Roland

The Full Sturgeon Moon Canoe Trip (registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Saturday, August 25 - Sunday August 26

End of Summer Campout (registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Saturday, August 25

Moss Workshop (registration required)    Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Trace Your Roots (registration required)    Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Nighttime Music (registration required)    Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

Migrating Monarchs (registration required)    Cromwell Valley Park

Weed Warriors    Cromwell Valley Park

Acorn Hill Nature Drop-In    Lake Roland

Singing Insects Campfire (registration required)    Lake Roland

Crabby Canoe Trip (registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Sunday, August 26

Stream Search    Cromwell Valley Park

Mud Day (registration required)    Lake Roland

 

The Hive and the Honey Bee (registration required)    Marshy Point Nature Center

Monday, August 27

Pre-K Nature Drop In     Marshy Point Nature Center

Tuesday, August 28

KinderGarden Club (registration required)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Wednesday, August 29   

Weed Warriors    Cromwell Valley Park

Thursday, August 30

Shoots and Letters: Mammals    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Friday, August 31  

Friday Stroll    Lake Roland

Programs are run by Baltimore County Recreation and Parks and Nature Council volunteers. Many programs are free, but some ask for a donation or have a small fee. Be sure to check the websites to confirm times and locations.

With over 200 Baltimore County Parks, there’s something to do every day of your summer. Dogs included.

 

 


Relocation from Pennsylvania brings 70 new jobs

Paul Fredrick, an online provider of classic menswear, is moving its corporate headquarters to Baltimore County from Pennsylvania and expects to add 70 new jobs over the next five years. The company plans to lease up to 10,000 square-feet of space in Baltimore County and make the move later this year. Led by former Jos. A. Bank senior executives, Paul Fredrick is also exploring the addition of retail stores in the region.

“Paul Fredrick’s decision to move its headquarters from Pennsylvania to Baltimore County shows confidence in our business community and the pipeline of exceptional talent our colleges and universities provide the companies doing business here,” said Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler. “These 70 high-level executive, merchandising and marketing positions are the types of jobs that keep our vibrant economy moving forward.”

“We’re excited to help Paul Fredrick hire for these creative career positions,” said Will Anderson, director of the Department of Economic and Workforce Development. “Our Baltimore County Job Connector team will be providing recruitment and interview space and employee training as Paul Fredrick finalizes its workforce needs.”

Founded in 1986, Paul Fredrick originally specialized in men’s dress shirts, and over the years has grown its collection to include sport coats, pants, ties and other men’s accessories. The company named CEO Neal Black and CFO David Ullman – both former senior officials at Jos. A. Bank – to its executive team earlier this year.

The company’s majority owner is ClearLight Partners, a private equity firm based in Newport Beach, California.

Paul Fredrick’s new jobs in Baltimore County come as Fortune 500 company Stanley Black & Decker recently announced 400 new jobs coming to Greenleigh at Crossroads in White Marsh-Middle River. Bank of America is adding 1,500 new jobs in Hunt Valley. FedEx Ground, Under Armour, Pasha Automotive and a new 1,000-job Amazon fulfillment center are meeting the jobs potential of the redevelopment of Sparrows Point at Tradepoint Atlantic.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017