Bay Journal

May 2013 - Volume 23 - Number 3

It’s time to pay the piper as cities’ aging infrastructures need updating

It's 10 a.m. in Southwest Baltimore, and a city crew has been here for five hours. Traffic cones direct cars through an obstacle course on Maiden Choice Lane, just across the city line from the suburb of Catonsville. Earlier, water was rushing through the street but now there is just waiting. Soon, a supervisor with the Department of Public Works will open the street and investigate what ails these nearly century-old pipes.

Chesapeake Bay stewardship grants available

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation will award between $8 million and $10 million late this summer in grants from its Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund for projects that restore habitat and improve water quality in the Bay and its tributary rivers and streams.

Mattawoman watershed at a tipping point

If there was a place in the Chesapeake watershed where people might have learned to grow greenly, it was Southern Maryland's Mattawoman Creek, a lesson in sustainability long begging to be learned.

Forty years ago, the 19-mile-long tributary of the Potomac, 25 miles downstream and a world away from Washington, DC, was known to state and federal natural resources departments and national environmental groups as a special place.

It remains such, but now, with the lesson still unlearned, is less so, and is far more threatened than it was on a day in 1976, when proof of its special status was easy to come by.

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