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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.


Approximately 17,500 Gallons Released into Tributary of Herring Run

Baltimore County’s Department of Public Works has reported a sanitary sewer overflow in the 6600 block of Collinsdale Road in the Parkville-Hillendale area (east of Loch Raven Boulevard and south of Taylor Avenue). A discharge from a sewer line of 17,500 gallons began yesterday (Thursday, September 6) at 2:55 p.m. Utility crews responded immediately and stopped the overflow at 11:55 p.m.

The sanitary sewerage discharge was caused by a broken sewer main. Crews located the break and set up a pump-around, which halted the flow shortly before midnight. Some of the discharge flowed to a tributary of Herring Run. 

Baltimore County Department of Health inspectors investigated the area and observed no signs of sewage in any publicly accessible areas. The overflow site is in a wooded area, which is difficult to reach and mostly surrounded by fencing. Therefore, no alert/advisory signs were posted and no water sampling will be conducted at this time.

When water contact advisories are necessary, they are posted on the Department of Health website at http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/health/environmentalhealth/watersampling/alertadvisory.html


Approximately 37,500 Gallons Released into Beaverdam Run

Baltimore County Department of Public Works has reported a sanitary sewer overflow of 37,500 gallons at the Texas Sewage Pumping Station, located at 10320 York Road in Cockeysville. The release began at 8:50 a.m. Tuesday and was stopped within eighteen minutes, at 9:08 a.m.

The overflow occurred while crews were in the process of repairing a force main leading from the pumping station. The main was shut down Tuesday morning and the effluent routed through a pump-around so that repairs could be made. While testing the system, a joint split and the pump-around pipe discharged. The pipe material and the joints are being investigated.    

The release went into a branch of Beaverdam Run, a tributary to the Loch Raven Reservoir. As a precaution, contact with the waters of the stream should be avoided. The Baltimore County Department of Health will issue water contact advisories when necessary on the Department's website:

http://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/health/environmentalhealth/watersampling/alertadvisory.html


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017