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Ellicott City officials reflect on how to weather future storms

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As repair crews labored to clear mud and debris from Ellicott City’s Main Street in late May, Jonathan Dillow led a team of scientists through the woods searching for clues to quantify the devastating flash flooding that had just ravaged the community for the second time in two years.

Stopping by a tree beside the now-placid Tiber River, Dillow peered at the trunk, then pointed to a green speck clinging to the bark several feet off the ground.

“I think I’m onto something,” he called out. “A little bit of a shred of a leaf.”

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About People + Society

From individual actions, to our collective impact as a society, we can influence the environment in positive or negative ways. Many individuals lead through example, by altering their everyday habits to reduce their impact or by volunteering to clean up and restore local streams and ecosystems.

But the cumulative impacts of the 17 million people who live in the Chesapeake Bay watershed poses an ongoing threat to the Bay and its tributaries.

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