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Short Documentary Spotlights the County’s Storm Drain Monitoring Efforts

County Executive Johnny Olszewski teamed up with County natural resource specialists and a utilities crew to locate the source of waterway contaminants flowing through the County’s storm drain system into a local stream. Using field testing and remote-controlled pipeline cameras, Olszewski and his fellow pollution detectives take viewers inside a crucial but rarely credited part of our local water cycle—the storm drain system.

His field trip is captured in a short documentary entitled “Watershed Moments—Pollution Detectives.” The five-minute video shows footage from inside the underground storm drain pipelines, and spotlights the County’s proactive storm drain monitoring program and pollution prevention efforts. It presents the importance of keeping storm drains clean, as they feed directly into local streams, and suggests ways that residents can be involved in this objective

“Most people have no idea that storm drains flow directly into nearby streams with limited or no filtering or treatment,” Olszewski said. “Our motto is ‘only rain down the drain,’ and if you see or smell possible pollution in a stream, please report it to the County so we can investigate.”

The video is the second episode in the “Watershed Moments” series and was produced by the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability in collaboration with the Baltimore County Department of Public Works Bureau of Utilities and Comcast Cablevision. It is posted on the County’s website, and can be viewed and shared on Youtube.


The new edition of smARTS, the Baltimore County arts and culture television show, discovers Art on the Trail, history in the Patapsco Valley, Shriver Hall chamber music, and the story behind treasures at the Hampton National Historic site in Towson. The program airs on Baltimore County cable channel 25.

Featured segments include:

Host Carolyn Black-Sotir speaks with leaders from the Lake Roland Nature Council about outdoor Art on the Trail.

The Patapsco River Valley is rich in railroad history, “adult beverage” history, and scientific history. Mary Catherine Cochran from Patapsco Heritage Greenway talks about distilleries, railroad bridges, Benjamin Banneker, and ruins to discover on the trails.

For more than 50 years, the Shriver Concert Series has brought world-class musicians to Baltimore. Catherine Cochran, executive director of the series, tells smARTS that many of this season’s performances will be in Baltimore County.

The curator at the Hampton National Historic site shares stories about a doll’s tea party and luxurious painted window shades at the 18th century mansion in Towson.  

smARTS airs Thursdays and Fridays, 7:00-7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.- noon on Baltimore County cable channel 25. SmARTS segments can be viewed on the Baltimore County Government YouTube channel. 

smARTS is a production of the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences in partnership with the Baltimore County Public Schools and BCPS-TV. 


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017