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Rain gardens take root as revitalized community tackles polluted runoff

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You can’t see the water from Miramar Landing, but it’s not far away.

The 740-home community sits off Pulaski Highway in eastern Baltimore County, an area packed with restaurants, convenience stores, shopping centers and auto-repair places. The site was once home to military-style housing for thousands of defense workers, now razed. It was once so associated with nearby Martin State Airport that its streets were named for airplane parts.

Over the last decade, though, Miramar Landing has been rebuilt by Ryland Homes as a tidy, 101-acre subdivision of single-family homes and townhouses within commuting distance of downtown Baltimore. Its main streets are named for the waterways it borders — the Middle and Bird rivers.

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Managing the Chesapeake Bay requires sound policies at the local level that reduce pollution and protect ecosystems within its 64,000-square-mile watershed. Ultimately, the success of efforts to protect the region’s environment requires support from local governments.

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