On Monday, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan held a cabinet meeting at the Community College of Baltimore County’s Essex campus.
The governor, along with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford, also honored many prominent community volunteers and organizations at today’s meeting.
Among those presented with citations were Angel Park’s Kelli Szczybor, the Back River Restoration Committee, White Marsh resident Robert Romadka Sr. (a community advocate for the White Marsh Volunteer Fire Company), and the Eastern Technical High School soccer team.
Governor Hogan also toured Franklin Square Hospital with Jason Plotkin, president of the Parkville Carney Business Association, and Delegate Christian Miele, both of whom work for the Pinder Plotkin Legal Team in Parkville.
The property, in a Resource Conservation Critical Area, includes eight parcels of land that will be maintained as passive open space.
“I am pleased to add this significant open space in Essex to help ensure that we, and future generations, can continue to be good stewards of our environment,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
With approval by the County Council at a November 6 legislative session, the property will be purchased with $1 million in Baltimore County capital and State Program Open Space funds.
The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy will hold a Clear Creeks Project open house this weekend.
The event will be held on Saturday, October 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Maryland State Game & Fish Protective Association, located at 8735 Honeygo Boulevard in Perry Hall.
Attendees will be able to drop in to see the beautiful ways GVC have improved water quality for recreation and local wildlife on the grounds of the country’s oldest conservation club.
Stormwater runoff – the rain that flows over roofs, parking lots, and other impervious surfaces – is the leading source of pollution into the Chesapeake Bay. Attendees will learn how to reduce pollution, beautify their yards, and solve local flooding issues.
The event will feature examples of:
— rain barrels
— a Bayscape Garden
— a rain garden
— native tree plantings
— Bay-Wise Certified landscape
— microbioretention practices
Light refreshments will be provided. A mid-day Flag Retirement Ceremony will also be conducted by a local Scout troop.
Baltimore County Councilman David Marks announced on Monday the start of work to improve a major tributary in Carney that leads to the White Marsh Run.
Starting next summer, Baltimore County will restore approximately 2,300 linear feet of degraded stream from the stormwater pond south of Concord Court to where Upton Road crosses the stream. Contractors will use natural channel design techniques to stabilize the channel, using materials such as logs and boulders. The project is designed to improve water quality, reduce erosion, stabilize stream banks, increase the quality of natural habitat, and protect public infrastructure.
Baltimore County has allocated $307,000 for design and engineering, with another $1.08 million from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources funded for construction.
“Over the past four years, I have heard complaints about stream erosion in this part of the Carney area, and I am pleased that the county and state have allocated funding to improve this tributary that leads to the White Marsh Run,” said Councilman Marks.
“I would like to thank the Hogan administration for supporting this project, which will improve an area where I have lived and owned a home since 2004,” added Delegate Joe Cluster.
The Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability will hold a community meeting on Wednesday, November 8th at 7 p.m. to discuss details of the project and answer any questions. The meeting will be held in the cafetorium of Carney Elementary School (3131 East Joppa Road).
For questions, contact Heather McGee or Joan Beam at 410-887-2904.