Councilman Marks announces funding for Carney drainage project

CARNEY, MD—Baltimore County Councilman David Marks on Monday announced funding in the proposed Fiscal Year 2025 budget to design a drainage system in Carney. The project will focus on Harwood Road and will intercept persistent sump pump discharges into the roadway. The project is budgeted at $250,000, with construction expected in March of 2025. “I would like to thank the […]

Maryland Environment Secretary McIlwain, Attorney General Brown announce settlement of lawsuit over wastewater treatment facilities

BALTIMORE, MD—Maryland Environment Secretary Serena McIlwain and Attorney General Anthony G. Brown have announced the settlement of a lawsuit against Baltimore City to address unauthorized discharges of pollution from the state’s two largest sewage treatment plants. The settlement (PDF) includes an enforceable timeline for corrective actions at the city’s Back River and Patapsco wastewater treatment plants. It also includes a […]

Sewage overflow prompts temporary closure to shellfish harvesting of portion of Chesapeake Bay

BALTIMORE, MD—As a precaution due to a sewage overflow, the Maryland Department of the Environment on Thursday issued an order temporarily closing a small portion of the Chesapeake Bay to shellfish harvesting. About 10,400 acres of the bay directly off of Baltimore City and Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties is being temporarily reclassified to restrict shellfish harvesting in the area. […]

Maryland Department of the Environment issues statement after solid material seen floating in Back River [VIDEO]

UPDATE: A Health Alert has been issued advising residents to avoid contact with the water in the Back River. Original story below… —— ESSEX, MD—The Maryland Department of the Environment has issued a statement indicating that it has has begun to take steps toward improving operations at the Back River Wastewater Treatment Plant after solid materials were spotted floating in […]

Hazmat crews respond after sewage line ruptures in Perry Hall

PERRY HALL, MD—Crews responded to a sewage leak in Perry Hall on Wednesday evening. The incident was reported at around 6 p.m. on Powder Farm Court (21128). The Kingsville Volunteer Fire Company reports that the rupture occurred in a residential yard and that the line was leaking sewage into the woods. Crews from the Maryland Department of the Environment are evaluating […]

Sanitary sewer overflow reported in Carney

CARNEY, MD—A sanitary sewer has overflowed in the 2400-block of Cub Hill Road this weekend following heavy rains and flooding, according to Councilman David Marks. A ten-inch diameter line ruptured, causing a large overflow discharging into a tributary of the Gunpowder River. The overflow was reported by a resident and Bureau of Utility crews responded. Councilman Marks says a contractor […]

Following Mountain Christian controversy, MDE enacts downstream notifications

KINGSVILLE, MD—When Mountain Christian Church unveiled a plan to create a new wastewater management facility on its property last year, which would have resulted in “potable effluent” being discharged into the Little Gunpower Falls, many Kingsville residents, and even some Baltimore County elected officials, were surprised that no one had notified them. That is about to change, according to Councilman […]

Sanitary sewer overflow reported in Glen Arm

GLEN ARM, MD—A sanitary sewer overflow occurred in a wooded area in Glen Arm at 10620 Harford Road this weekend. The overflow was discovered by a ScoutMaster from Boy Scout Troop #124 and reported to Baltimore County on Monday morning. Crews responded immediately and discovered a broken sewer line and effluent discharging from a nearby manhole. The overflow was caused […]